By: Hamza Shafique
I understand the limitation of the Alex Kurtzman here as it’s an origin film and with every origin film there are some basic elements/information that are required to be embedded in, regardless of their relevance to the main narrative. But this could be done tastefully and recent wonder woman film is a shining example of that. As per my understanding if you market a movie as a Mummy franchise reboot then there is one basic expectation from the screen play which is to portray Mummy as a larger than life antagonist, who should appear invincible, with some amazing super human tricks. And that is the weakest part of the screenplay, as in their effort to put all the required elements together as part of Nick’s (Tom Cruise) origin story, the focus on Mummy is shifted and this decreases her significance in second half considerably. With this shift in focus, the fierceness associated with Mummy is gone.
Another issue with screenplay is that writers are desperately trying to make it relatable to the previous Mummy movies by keeping in few similar elements and these elements at times feel forced and out of place. For example, huge face shaped sandstorm, in previous films felt part of the plot as Mummy was trying to stop the protagonist chasing him but in a plot where Mummy wants Nick to come to her, which she can do so effectively by controlling his mind, this face shaped sandstorm sequence in London appears disjointed from the plot.
Another issue with screenplay is the placement of humor and comic moments. Half of the time they click and are well placed but other half simply work against the film and take the required intensity from the action/horror moments of the film.
last thing which disappointed me the most is directly related to the direction. Director Alex Kurtzman has reduced the scope of powerful Egyptian sidekick mummies to zombies like creatures. There are scenes in the climax where groups of mummies are chasing Nick like zombies and will make you miss strong mummies that could easily break through the wall from the Brandon Frasor’s trilogy. The mummies in the climax underwater sequence, make the whole thing look unintentionally silly and the whole sequence tests audience’s patience as well. I also hoped for a better choreographed end fight sequence between Mummy and Nick, as defeating the mummy looked very easy in this one compared to the fight of Nick with another interesting character earlier in the movie (I will let you figure out the character I am referring to, in the cinema).
Don’t take me wrong, with amazing visuals , great CGI, super performance by Tom Cruise and entertaining first half, The Mummy is definitely not a bad movie, in fact it is enjoyable for most parts. It’s just I had higher expectations from the screenplay and direction. If you don’t have anything to do this weekend and have already seen wonder woman than go for it. I go with 2.5 stars.