The Mummy (2017) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)
Directed By: Alex Kurtzman
Starring: Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella
Rated: PG-13/Region A/2:40/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from Universal Studios
Though safely entombed in a crypt deep 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.
When Marvel released Iron Man it was the start of their Marvel Cinematic Universe and now 10 years later that has set the stage for a lot of good movies, as well as given others the idea to follow the path. The Mummy is a movie that is part of a group of movies following that path. The Mummy is the first film in Universals Dark Universe and stars Tom Cruise. After this infamous mummy is awakened she chooses him as the perfect male to mate with and finish her evil plan set forth long ago. What follows makes up the movie. A movie that seems way more action than horror but about every other Mummy movie from the 90’s onward could have the very same thing said about it. That was a problem then and it becomes one now. We really need more horror than we ended up getting. I also like Tom Cruise as much as the next person, but he really does seem to stick out like a sore thumb here and I hope this trend with A list actors in these “Dark Universe” movies doesn’t all suffer from this same thing. When I think horror I don’t really think of Cruise (Interview with the Vampire not withstanding) and I’m worried the same feelings towards people that were cast in these films might bring the same fate.
While the movie tries to give us a bit of violence (that always seems to come with CGI), it also tries to mix the comedy and the action right along with it. I think there comes a time when you have to decide if you’re making a comic book type movie where things like that work or if you’re making a horror film where that can work but not when you do it like it is done here. When I hear the term Dark Universe and I hear The Mummy, I want to think of a darker film and material than what we end up with here. I hope things improve from here on out or this Dark Universe will be dead in the water. The movie in question here looks good but little more good can be said about it other than that.
– Deleted and Extended Scenes
– Cruise & Kurtzman: A Conversation Rooted in Reality – Tom Cruise and Alex Kurtzman discuss the making of The Mummy.
– 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.
– Life in Zero-G: Creating the Plane Crash – Watch Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, and the crew shoot the incredible plane sequence.
– Meet Ahmanet – Sofia Boutella shares the excitement of reinventing a monster icon.
– Cruise in Action – A behind-the-scenes look at Tom Cruise’s most memorable Mummy stunts.
– Becoming Jekyll and Hyde – Find out how the casting of Russell Crowe brought a bold new dimension to the roles of Jekyll and Hyde.
– Choreographed Chaos – Watch as cast and filmmakers create an epic outdoors clash between ancient and modern worlds.
– Nick Morton: In Search of a Soul – Tom Cruise describes what drew him to play a man seemingly without a soul.
– Ahmanet Reborn Animated Graphic Novel – Witness Ahmanet’s descent into the monstrous underworld as she is reborn into the Goddess of Chaos and Wrath.
– Feature Commentary with director and producer Alex Kurtzman, and cast members Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis and Jake Johnson
Quality of Transfer: 100%