It’s been eighteen years since the first motion picture The Mummy was released, so in true Hollywood fashion, it’s only timely that a new adaptation should be released… starring Tom Cruise, of course!  The 2017 release, directed by Alex Kurtzman, tells the TMY_INTL_TSR2_DGTL_1_SHT_AUSstory of Nick Morton (Cruise) a military man and part-time antique hunter in search of riches in the Middle East.

We first meet Morton, and his sidekick Chris (The New Girl’s Jake Johnson), in Northern Iraq, site of the ancient civilisation Mesopotamia, where they unearth what appears to be an antiquated burial ground.  The two men, with mandatory love interest in the form of archaeologist Jenny (Annabelle Wallis) in tow, unknowingly awaken an ancient princess from her crypt.  In doing so, a terror is unleashed that threatens all of existence.

There is no doubt that the special effects and sound in The Mummy are highly engaging.  There are a number of high-intensity scenes, leaving viewers on the edge of their seats.

That being said, there’s equally so much about this film that is laughable.  Tom Cruise, the public persona, has had his fair share of bad press; but Tom Cruise, the actor, is generally worth his audacious price tag.  In The Mummy, his acting – and that of his fellow cast members – is nothing short of caricature.  There was an element of over-acting that seemed almost deliberate, particularly from Australia’s…ahem, New Zealand’s… own Russell Crowe as the mad physician Dr Jekyll.

Acting aside, no one can take away from the pure escapism of Kurtzman’s motion picture.  Viewers will get every element of BANG and CRASH they expect from a Cruise film.  Yes, the story is ludicrous, (and the permanent expression of confusion on Cruise’s face throughout the film only solidifies the perplexing nature of the narrative.  If he can’t keep up with what’s going on, how are we supposed to?) but for pure Hollywood entertainment, what’s wrong with a bit of harmless Mummified fun?

3 out of 5 stars.

Reviewed by Rachel Gould