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Bad wrap? Don’t believe the haters about ‘The Mummy’

Dominic Champion, Content Editor

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After uncovering a centuries-old sarcophagus, Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) unwittingly unleashes Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella) on the world in The Mummy.

With the aid of archaeologist Jenny Halsey (Annabelle Wallis) and Dr. Henry Jekyll (Russell Crowe), Morton must stop the mummy before she can enslave humanity.

This has to be one of the most enjoyable messes I’ve seen in a while. Sure, it’s flawed – more than most movies. But at the end of the day, it provided what monster movies are supposed to: scares and great action.

The writing isn’t the greatest at times. Russell Crowe at one point has to deliver the dud, “Maybe only a monster can beat a monster.”  But the film is nowhere near as awful as previous mummy films. The new one is a huge departure in terms of tone and mood.

While the Brendan Fraser films were more campy and featured a lot of comedy, this film is a true monster movie. It’s intense, creepy, and action-packed. Cruise does an excellent job with his fight scenes. There are a few attempts at some comedy between Cruise and other characters that don’t work too well, but not often enough to derail the film.

There’s a lot going on at any given moment, which can get overwhelming. Coupled with characters that have little to no back story, this keeps the film from being as good as it should have been.

Too much is crammed into the movie, especially for its 100-minute length. For everything to have been fully fleshed out, the film would have had to be more than two hours.

Though it’s enjoyable, this movie has its haters. I can see why. But I absolutely will see it again in the theater. The movie is a fun ride throughout.

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