Quick Rant: The Mummy (2017)

The Mummy was the realization that Universal is leaning really hard into this ‘Dark Universe’ thing, when The Mummy started and right after the universal loge, a logo for the “Dark Universe” popped up. Not even Marvel, arguably the biggest franchise in film history, puts a logo up for their fucking universe. Really, what the fuck?

No one is going to pretend that a film titled The Mummy is going to have a complex or deep story but it should at least be interesting. Instead the film provides tired clichés and a plot centered on a race to the relevant McGuffin. Throw in some monster and the larger universe teases that continually pop up throughout the film, and The Mummy quickly becomes a movie with very little substance. The inclusion of “Dr. Jekyll” was way too much for me. Let the character speak for itself, you fucks, we know Jekyll becomes Hyde.

It kinda sucks that after writing Amazing Spider-Man 2, Alex Kurtzman seems to again fall into the trap of prioritizing the wrong thing. Both films are so consumed with setting up a universe that they forget to be coherent and well-made films first. The script (particularly the dialogue) was realllllly bad. Super sad to see Annabelle Wallis in such an empty role, Jake Johnson given awful lines, and to see Sofia Boutella squandered. Just kind of a mess. I lost my shit when Jake Johnson’s character was randomly alive at the end. “Hey I really appreciate you bringing me back to life”.

Summary: Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen 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.

Directors: Alex Kurtzman

Writers: David Koepp, Christopher McQuarrie, Dylan Kussman


  • Tom Cruise as Nick Morton
  • Sofia Boutella as Princess Ahmanet / The Mummy
  • Annabelle Wallis as Jenny Halsey
  • Jake Johnson as Sergeant Chris Vail
  • Courtney B. Vance as Colonel Greenway
  • Marwan Kenzari as Malik
  • Russell Crowe as Dr. Henry Jekyll
  • Javier Botet as Set
  • Selva Rasalingam as King Menehptre
  • Dylan Smith as Lorenzo Montanari
  • Rez Kempton as Foreman
  • Chasty Ballesteros as Kira Lee
  • Brendan Fraiser as Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Film

Rotten Tomatoes: 17%

Metacritic: 34/100

After Credits Scene? No


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