Movie Review: THE MUMMY (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

THE MUMMY was directed by Alex Kurtzman from a screenplay by David Koepp, Christopher McQuarrie and Dylan Kussman and stars Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Russell Crowe, Jake Johnson, Annabelle Wallis and Courtney B. Vance.

An ancient evil is unleashed after centuries of captivity and her lust for revenge threatens to destroy the world. Tom Cruise battles the ultimate evil in a breathtaking version of the legendary and mystical monster that has captivated and terrified humankind for centuries. Thought safely entombed deep beneath the desert, an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day. Her malevolence has grown over millennia and with it come terrors that defy human comprehension. From the sands of the Middle East through modern-day London, The Mummy balances wonder, thrills, and imagination.

Nick Morton (Tom Cruise), Sgt. Vail (Jake Johnson) and Jenny Halsey (Annabelle Wallis) accidentally unearth Ahmanet who has been entombed under the desert in the Middle East for thousands of years. She’s free now and slowly picks up where she left off so many centuries ago. The movie quickly shifts to London, England where Dr. Henry Jekyll (Russell Crowe) is introduced and he knows so much more about what is happening than everyone else – and of course there’s a big reason why! There’s also a mystery about Nick because he should have died in a plane crash but he somehow miraculously survived. The trick is, he’s connected to Ahmanet who has some sinister plans for him but the accidental hero is a hard one to win over and ends up being a major pain in the ass for the ancient monster plus he ends up saving the day – and humanity.

Okay, we waited a long time for this new incarnation of The Mummy to arrive and it kind of fell flat. It’s an okay watch but nothing really special if you ask me. I blame the director and story for most of this mess because everything else was pretty spectacular. There’s a lot of action and some insane stunts in the movie that adrenaline junkies will love. There’s also some impressive sets that were created for the movie and they’re all breathtaking and so detailed. The movie also features some impressive visual effects to help create the terrors that come with this newest version of the classic monster. Sofia Boutella gave this iconic creature something new and refreshing but unfortunately her character sort of took a backseat and didn’t get to wreak enough havoc in the movie. We’ve gotten quite a few incarnations of The Mummy over the years and this beautiful actress delivered something unique and a little different with her performance. We’ve also been introduced to Jekyll who will tie this Dark Universe together. Russell Crowe looks the part of this iconic character who suffers from a terrifying split personality.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc only features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio for this release.

Bottom line is, I had high expectations for The Mummy but unfortunately it didn’t reach them – well most of them. I remember getting excited when the Dark Universe was first announced and the plans they have for all of these wonderful classic monsters but unfortunately it’s gotten off to a mediocre start. This first entry in Universal’s Dark Universe was an okay watch at best but it had so much potential to be something really special. I’m an Alex Kurtzman fan but maybe this movie was too big for him since this was just his second feature film. Maybe it was the writers? Maybe it’s Tom Cruise? I don’t know! What I do know is that the movie did have its moments but it never really found its identity. There’s action and adventure but not enough scares and this supposed to be a horror movie afterall. There were some creepy elements about this version of The Mummy and what she brought with her but the movie didn’t focus on her enough. Anyway, the cast did a great job with their characters and all of the sets and special effects looked fantastic. All in all, this movie is a visual spectical with a plain story, that’s exactly what it is. It’s a mixture of Indiana Jones and Mission: Impossible with a cameo by this classic movie monster. The Mummy releases on Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD Combo Pack on September 12th.

Distributor: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Run Time: 110 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby Atmos / Dolby Digital 2.0 / French and Spanish DTS Digital Surround 5.1

DVD Video: Widescreen (2.40:1)

DVD Audio: English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: Good Stuff! There’s over an hour of impressive extras that include four deleted/extended scenes, interviews, behind-the-scenes featurettes, some audio commentary and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Deleted and Extended Scenes (04:52)
  • Cruise & Kurtzman: A Conversation Rooted in Reality – Tom Cruise and Alex Kurtzman discuss the making of The Mummy. (21:15)
  • Rooted in Reality – Filmmakers and cast reveal how they broke away from old tropes and traditions to create a dynamic and realistic 21st century monster movie. (06:52)
  • Life in Zero-G: Creating the Plane Crash – Watch Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, and the crew shoot the incredible plane sequence. (07:32)
  • Meet Ahmanet – Sofia Boutella shares the excitement of reinventing a monster icon. (07:39)
  • Cruise in Action – A behind-the-scenes look at Tom Cruise’s most memorable Mummy stunts. (06:09)
  • Becoming Jekyll and Hyde  Find out how the casting of Russell Crowe brought a bold new dimension to the roles of Jekyll and Hyde. (07:10)
  • Choreographed Chaos – Watch as cast and filmmakers create an epic outdoors clash between ancient and modern worlds. (06:35)
  • Nick Morton: In Search of a Soul – Tom Cruise describes what drew him to play a man seemingly without a soul. (05:43)
  • Ahmanet Reborn Animated Graphic Novel – Witness Ahmanet’s descent into the monstrous underworld as she is reborn into the Goddess of Chaos and Wrath. (03:52)
  • Feature Commentary with director and producer Alex Kurtzman, and cast members Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis and Jake Johnson.
  • Digital HD Copy

 

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