The classic ancient times, mythologies and legends who died before us have found a successful renaissance on the silver screen with all their films that thrilled the audience.
Since their inception on-screen, the filmmakers had presented them in many forms to entertain us and inform us about the world that might have existed before. One such tale is of the Egyptian Mummies and their curse.
Since the 1930s, when Mummies were introduced in the films, a new monstrous franchise (1932-1955) came into existence. Performances pulled by Boris Karloff, and Lon Chaney Jr. and later by Eddie Parker have set a benchmark for others to come.
After all of these, Stephen Sommers came along with his exclusive franchise to add in this series which was hugely successful. Inspired by 1932's film, in this movie by Stephen had Rick O'Connell, a fictional character fights the resurrected Imhotep to save the world from a curse. The first two films were hugely successful, and the third one was disastrous, and it caused the end of a franchise. By this time, 13 movies were released between 1932 to 2008.
Now, almost after nine years, The Mummy Reboot is back again at the box-office, and this time, it's Tom Cruise who is shouldering the burden of all the expectations.
Has he succeeded to create an aura that can thrill the audience? Let's find out!
The Mummy Reboot as we know is the first instalment of Universal's the Dark Universe film series. Now, when the audience are already overwhelmed with superhero movies since the last decade, Universal has attempted to bring back the lost genre of monster-tales which stormed the box-office in the 1930s to 50s with the films like Mummy, Dracula and others.
The Mummy Reboot is a story of an Egyptian princess, Millenia, who was denied her fate and was betrayed. The princess comes back to life from dead, only to avenge and reclaim the world which belongs to her. Resurrected princess performs magical tricks to conquer the modern world which is far away from human understanding, has she succeeded? Well, that's the film is all about.
Mr Cruise, 54, who has kept himself as fit as any newcomer has performed reasonably in the film. So, there's something for everyone in this box. The film is a good viewing pleasure because of Tom Cruise in it, but as it moves ahead and more action starts to come your way, you realise over time that it's the same 'Mission Impossible' stunts which you'll see in the film. 'Tested and Tasted' thousands of times before.
Rusell Crowe who has an experience of acting in Gladiator and Robin Hood was less compelling as Dr Henry Jekyll in the film. Sidekick to this, there's character Chris Vail performed by Jake Johnson whose exhausting sense of humour will drain all our energy.
If you'd ask to name just one character which was more appealing than any of these, then it's Sophia Boutella who played the role of Ahmanet. She has looked mesmerising on-screen as she transitions from a disgusting, bizarre monster to a Goddess of Seduction.
But, here's the catch, Ahmanet has been given a very less time the canvas, as the director wanted to convince us about the love angle between Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) and Jenny Halsey (Annabelle Wallis).
It could be because we've seen all of it before. The entertainment value in the film is not as we expected after watching the trailer of the movie. The film is a mixture of comedy, tragedy, thrill and horror; all of them are spread at irrelevant points in the movie which caused it to fail in putting an impact on viewers mind. Maybe, Alex Kurtzman didn't check his cards twice.
If little loopholes in the plot and some frustrating characters don't bother you much in the film, then you can afford to buy the ticket for The Mummy Reboot. Overall, the Universal Studio has desperately failed to capitalise on this long-forgotten genre of the films.
If you're still thrilled by the trailer and intriguing posters of the movie, then I must tell you that you better take a visual effects class in summers, because that's the only element after Sophia Boutella and Tom Cruise to watch the film.
If you'd ask for just one reason to watch this film, then we'd say Sophia Boutella is the one who deserves your visit to theatres (Sorry, Tom Cruise).
"Because maybe, some monsters should be left buried."
That's all, folks!