Synopsis (from IMDB): Though safely entombed in a crypt beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess, whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.
There are some good things in this movie and some bad but this one question remains. Does Universal really need to make a Dark Universe? The short answer is probably no, just being honest. That being said there were some things that were good to great about this movie. First, the action was done very well. The plane sequence that you see in the trailer is actually an intense scene when you watch the movie. Some of the more intense moments of the movie are actually well done. Another area I thought the movie did a good job with was the comedy. Jake Johnson is in the movie as Chris Vail, Tom Cruise's best friend, and he does a great job bringing some levity to the film. Tom Cruise is basically playing Tom Cruise in this movie. His character of Nick Morton feels like a combination of Ethan Hunt and Jack Reacher mixed with Daffy Duck. This isn't necessarily a bad thing as certain situations in the movie make the movie feel a little real with his reactions. I did like Sofia Boutella's Ahmanet. I felt like she did a good job of being terrifying and an unrelenting monster. There are a few callbacks to Brenden Fraser's Mummy movies that I am sure people will find cool and a couple of the callbacks were actually pretty well done.
The problems that I had with the movie, for the most part, dealt with the overall tone and writing of the film. The tone of the movie is all over the place. At points it wants to be an action movie, at other points, it wants to be a horror movie, and at other points, it wants to be a comedy. The thing about the Fraser Mummy films was that they were action adventure films. You knew that was the tone going in and they never really deviated from that, there may have been a dash of horror here and there but the tone was still action adventure. At times this movie feels like it is all over the place in terms of tone. Then there was the ending. I'm not going to spoil it for you but it really upset me and makes me question the entirety of this Dark Universe that they are trying to build. I see how it could possibly work but I'm questioning the logistics of what they are trying to do especially when you visit Dr. JeKyll's laboratory. It really starts to make less and less sense in the grand scheme of things.
The movie is rated PG-13. Outside of a few jump scares there isn't anything really bad in the movie itself. There are some violence and scary images but nothing gory or really over the top. The movie is relatively short, it runs under two hours and is paced pretty well. I will say this about the movie you shouldn't get bored with it as the story moves along at a good pace.
I am going to give this movie a RENTAL. There is nothing that you haven't seen before in this movie that isn't done better. The homage's to the Mummy movie from 1999 don't really help either as that movie, in my opinion, is way better and tells a tighter story. I do love Sofia Boutella in the film as I think she is the best part but the overall tone issues ultimately bring this done for me. Have you seen the Mummy? What do you think about Universal's Dark Universe? Let me know in the comments and as always thanks for reading.
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