“The Mummy (2017)” is a movie on an epic scale, a spectacle that is a little bit “Indiana Jones” and a return to some of the themes of the previous Mummy movies. This one stars Tom Cruise as Nick Morton, a thief who is after antiquities to turn them quickly on the black market. He steals a map from a girl he spent the night with, Jenny Halsey (Annabelle Wallis), and he unknowingly opens up a chamber of evil—a curse which will lead to the release of Princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella), a former beauty wishing to escape her mummified condition in order to live and to have her “chosen” companion. In this case, that would be Nick, since her original chosen one died centuries ago. She wound up being buried alive for killing her father, his wife, and her brother, still an infant, to prevent him from one day sitting on the throne she has aspirations for. She is as treacherous and shrewd as she is beautiful.
A side plot features Russell Crowe playing, get this, Dr. Henry Jekyll! He has an antidote to keep him from turning into the dreaded Mr. Hyde and he is hoping to defeat the evil once and for all in his life. He intends to make Nick Morton a pawn in his spectacular plan. For comic relief, we have Chris Vail (Jake Johnson), a companion to Nick who is dragged into an adventure he wants no part of. When he and Nick almost wind up dead, he shouts at Nick, “I hate you! I hate you!” The funny thing is, he seems to really mean it. He also is involved in a few other comedic scenes.
This is pure escapism. A lot of action is packed into the 107-minute run time and a lot of intrigue. We also get scenes of rats and spiders, in addition to the mummy corpses, attacking several terrified people. Although the violence and nudity content is a bit over the top, which prevents us from awarding the film our Dove Family-Approved Seal, it is an interesting tale, told in an old-fashioned Hollywood way. It is amazing how physical Tom Cruise is in this movie, considering he is well over the age of 21. This film delivers a world of fantasy and supernatural forces battling it out. Will good triumph over evil? Let’s just say when the female mummy in this picture is released, be prepared for a fantastic struggle between good and evil. This is an interesting and entertaining movie.