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The Mummy
神鬼传奇

Opening Date
08 Jun 2017
Rating
PG13 Some Violence
些许暴力画面
Runtime
111 mins
Language
English with Chinese subtitles
Genre
Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Director
Alex Kurtzman
Cast
Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella
Synopsis
Tom Cruise headlines a spectacular, all-new cinematic version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilisation: The Mummy
 
Thought safely entombed in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) 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.  
 
From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters. 
 
Cruise is joined by a cast including Annabelle Wallis (upcoming King Arthur, television’s Peaky Blinders), Jake Johnson (Jurassic World), Courtney B. Vance (TV’s American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson) and Oscar® winner Russell Crowe (Gladiator).
Reviews
By Yian Lu  08 Jun 2017
The Mummy does not live up to its hype and the characters lack depth. But the development of the Dark Universe still has potential and is something to look forward to.
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Starring Tom Cruise as Nick Morton and Sofia Boutella as Ahmanet the ancient princess, The Mummy illustrates how Ahmanet attempts to take over the world by summoning Set, the Egyptian God of Death. In order to do so, she requires a human vessel — Nick, who is “The Chosen One”.

The Good
The Mummy serves as an opening movie to the Dark Universe film series. Although this first instalment is not exactly impressive, it still presents attractive possibilities the Dark Universe can expand into. It would be nice to see something other than the Marvel Universe or DC Universe.

That said, the film is not the kind of movie with kickass actions, nor is it particularly scary — you will see them coming — like you would expect it to be. In fact, think of it as a superhero (or anti-hero) origins movie, which is to say, yes, we will most likely see more of Tom Cruise in the Dark Universe.

The film also introduced characters with potential for further development like Dr. Henry Jekyll (Russell Crowe), or some would call Mr. Hyde. His Prodigium is an organisation that pinpoints evil and tries to neutralise it. Sounds familiar? -cough- S.H.I.E.L.D. -cough- Nick Fury -cough-

The Bad
The connection between the princess and Set was not clearly defined: why bring Set to life? Becoming his “Queen”, gaining powers and then dominate the world together? She could very well be designed as a powerful character who can take down the human race alone, which would have been a lot more enticing and badass.

The characters were not well-developed either. Towards the end, you do not even know where this film is headed, especially when Nick showed hesitation in wanting to free Ahmanet. While it is only logical to want to root for Nick and archaeologist Jenny (Annabelle Wallis), the characters do not resonate well with the audience, let alone feel anything for whatever fate they have.

And The Summary
The Mummy does not live up to its hype and the characters lack depth. But the development of the Dark Universe still has potential and is something to look forward to.
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