In 'The Mummy,' Tom Cruise dances with the undead

I never thought Dracula was a bad movie, but we live in a world where money talks.

The Mummy takes a long time to get going and a long time to wrap up, and the open-ended finish helps pinpoint what's wrong with the movie.

The movie's plot basically reminisces the 1999 film starring Branden Fraser wherein the main characters stumbled upon an ancient Egyptian tomb of an evil mummified princess then accidentally unleashing its evil upon the world for which they need to figure out a way to stop to monster.

Universal nevertheless has big plans for its Dark Universe, with more editions already in various stages of development.

Cruise is entertainingly likable as the roguish, witty Morton, and as usual, does well with the action sequences (he's getting really good at running away from sandstorms). The rest of the action, even a highly touted airplane-crash stunt that Cruise insisted on performing himself, is mediocre, and without a truly threatening villain, none of it feels particularly consequential. "The actor who plays Ahmanet, Sofia Boutella, told Entertainment Weekly her character ".is promised to become Pharaoh, and is deceived by her father.

Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) is a soldier of fortune who raids ancient sites for timeless artifacts and sells them to the highest bidder.

Helping Morton out with his girl trouble is archaeologist Jenny Halsey (Annabelle Wallis), whose main job in the movie is to explain what the hell is going on, as well as introduce Morton to a certain Dr Henry Jekyll (Crowe), who has a awful secret to Hyde, er, I mean hide. Do you? Because now would be a really good time to bring it out. Pointedly shot jump scenes of creepy reanimated corpses and kamikaze crows suggest that the film has been designed around the shock factor, which, to its benefit, plays off well with the 3D element.

However his recent effort, the remake of the horror classic "The Mummy", demonstrates that his films aren't always entirely watchable.

Nearly indistinguishable from the horde of zombies floating around the fringes, the once-estimable Russell Crowe fetches up as Dr Jekyll (yes the same, aka Mr Hyde).

When we spoke with screenwriter David Koepp last October about the movie, he said the film will dive more into the Bride character, painting her as a "sympathetic" and "tragic" figure in a tale of "female liberation". In the age of franchise blockbusters, any nearly marketable property can now be rebranded for 21 century audiences with a big enough movie star and sleek looking visual effects. The story is just OK. There is a lot going on here, and the film suffers through several bouts of boring exposition as the filmmakers struggle to find interesting ways to get the audience up to speed on what's going on in their story.

  • Salvatore Jensen