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THE MUMMY (2017 )

Blu-ray review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS:  110 minutes, audio commentary, featurettes, deleted and extended scenes, animated graphic novel, digital HD copy, DVD

VIDEO:  2.40:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen) 1080p High Definition

AUDIO:  English Dolby Atmos (BR), English 2.0 DVS Dolby Digital, French 5.1 DTS Digital Surround (BR), Spanish 5.1 DTS (BR), Spanish 5.1 DD (DVD)

Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish

 

STUDIO:  Universal Pictures/ Dark Universe/ Perfect World Pictures/ Secret Hideout/ Conspiracy Factory/ Sean Daniel Company

Theatrical RELEASE DATE:  6-9-2017

Blu-ray/ DVD RELEASE DATE: 9-12-2017

Soldier Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) is looking for a treasure with his partner in Iraq (from a map he stole off a woman named Jennifer Halsey who works for a secret organization called Prodigium.    During a conflict with armed insurgents, the entrance to an Egyptian tomb is uncovered.   Nick unleashes a sarcophagus stuck in mercury.  It belongs to Princess Ahmanet of Ancient Egypt who was imprisoned in a faraway tomb due to the dark bargain she struck with the God of Death Set which she left unfinished after killed her father (the Pharaoh), his wife, and her brother.    Ravens bring down the plane transporting Ahmanet’s sarcophagus and Nick gives a parachute to Jennifer, but somehow he has survived the crash where he next wakes up in a morgue.   Dr. Henry Jekyll (Russell Crowe), the head of Prodigium, says Nick has a link to Ahmanet and she wants to use him as a vessel for Set.

 

THE MUMMY is a new reimagining of the Universal movie tale which was last rebooted in the 1990s (but a scene in the movie does show the Book of the Dead from the first movie in that series) and it is the first in the new Dark Universe horror series that Universal has launched with BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN to be the next movie.   Tom Cruise is his usual action star self (while doing many of his own stunts).  Russell Crowe is good as Dr. Jekyll.  THE MUMMY is an entertaining movie even though it feels a little underdeveloped as the movie could have used more layers to the plot, but I do consider the movie to be a promising start to Universal’s Dark Universe.   I do miss all of the humor that existed in the Brendan Fraser Mummy movies, but Hollywood is always about reinventing a brand that people know (for better or for worse).   THE MUMMY has its highlights with a few scenes and it introduces the secret organization that will fight the various universal Monsters in the Dark Universe movies.  If You like Tom Cruise action movies like the MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE series or sci-fi like OBLIVION, you will be entertained by the movie (and go check out the trailer recut which combines footage from this movie and the fourth MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE).  

 

SPECIAL FETAURES:

A few deleted and extended scenes that were cut for pacing reasons

 

Feature film audio commentary with the director and cast members Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, and Jake Johnson

 

Featurettes:

CRUISE & KURTZMAN: A CONVERSATION (21:15)- Tom Cruise and director Alex Kurtzman talk about making the movie while honoring the old classic Universal monster movies which they are fans of.

ROOTED IN REALITY (6:52)-  production design fetaurette

LIFE IN ZERO-G: CREATING THE PLANE CRASH (7:32)- behind-the-scenes look at filming the plane crash sequence

MEET AHMANET (7:38)- a look at actress Sofia Boutella who plays the character and how they used some CGI and special effects make-up to achieve the character

CRUISE IN ACTION (6:09) – behind-the-scenes of Tom Cruise doing his own stunts

BECOMING JEKYLL AND HYDE (7:10)-  Russell Crowe talks about the playing the duo character

CHOREOGRAPHED CHAOS (6:35)-  behind-the-scenes of the action and stunts of the movie

NICK MORTON: IN SEARCH OF A SOUL (5:43)- focus on the character of nick Morton

 

AHMANET REBORN animated flash graphic novel

 

The movie in standard definition on DVD and code to download and stream a digital HD copy of the movie

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:  THE MUMMY is an entertaining new take on The Mummy, but it isn’t as good as the last reboot from 1999 which benefited from having a sense of humor for a few scenes which this movie doesn’t have.  The movie underperformed, so it isn’t likely we will see a sequel as Universal seeks to de-emphasize the Dark Universe.  The extras are a good behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie and various retailers have exclusives (like Target with the steelbook).

 

This review is 9-30-2017 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

 

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