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The Mummy (2017)

Well, here we go again. Yet another motion picture rehash, of a plot which did not need to be remade. The original Mummy series, although cheesy, was very entertaining.

Yes, the second installment left a lot to be desired (especially with that awful CGI Dwayne Johnson as the Scorpion King) but overall they both were still pretty good. This 2017 version does have a different villain (unfortunately Imhotep is gone) and features a randomly casted Tom Cruise. Cruise plays Nick Morton, an ex-soldier who hunts for missing treasure and is an infamous tomb raider, who whilst on a 'mission' discovers a buried crypt of the evil princess Ahmanet. 

Morton, alongside archaeologist Jenny Halsey (a typical stereotype in this type of film) and his friend Sgt. Vail (Jake Johnson) attempt to transport the sarcophagus to London. Along the way however, the wrath of the evil princess is unleashed and all hell breaks loose.  Taking inspiration from the thoroughly entertaining An American Werewolf in London (1981) Sgt. Vail begins to haunt Morton (ok sorry that is a bit of a spoiler) as he begins to increasingly decay. Which at times is humorous but at others a little annoying. 

The film also features Russel Crowe as Henry Jekyll (two guesses on who he really is) who is leading a lab which experiments on monsters. They heavily underestimate the power of the evil princess of course and the rest of the film is quite predictable from there. For some reason Ahmanet imprints on Morton, using him as almost a vessel and they also try and bring in the philosophers stone and the crusader knights into the plot in an attempt to make it different to the original films.

This film is a bit of a mish-mash. Switching between dragged out scenes, to high-powered action, after watching it my general opinion was that it was just 'ok'. It is an easy watch and at times entertaining, but it is certainly not one that I am rushing to watch again.

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— AW