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The Mummy

The Mummy

USA 2017 - mit Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella, Russell Crowe, Jake Johnson ...

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Originaltitel:The Mummy
Genre:Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Regie:Alex Kurtzman
Produktionsland:USA 2017
Laufzeit:Ca. 110 Min
FSK:From 12 years
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Once upon a time Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella) was a beautiful Egyptian princess, who should follow her father to the throne sometime. But then she was denied this claim, which Ahmanet did not want to accept. She got involved in a demonic pact and killed her father. However, her bloody deed was discovered and she was mummified alive as punishment in a distant prison. There she lay for many centuries, while her name disappeared more and more from the history books. When the adventurer Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) and the archaeologist Jenny Halsey (Annabelle Wallis) come across their hidden grave, they unleash a dark power that could become an unimaginable danger not only for them, but for humanity as a whole&.hellip;

"The Mummy" is the starting signal for Universal's planned "Dark Universe", in which some of the great monster film classics will be re-released over the next few years. The whole thing is, so to speak, the monstrous counterattack against the superhero movies of Marvel and DC. Prominent support was engaged for the first planned films: Javier Bardem becomes Frankenstein's monster, Johnny Depp becomes Invisible Man and Russel Crow becomes Dr. Jekyll and Mister Hyde, a (double) role he already plays in "The Mummy". A prerequisite for the expansion of the "Dark Universe" is, of course, that the audience wants to see these monster films.

To guarantee this, heavy guns were fired at "The Mummy". With Tom Cruise a real megastar for the leading role was cast and director Alex Kurtzmann was allowed to burn a more than decent budget of 125 million dollars - what you see on the screen in many moments. This version of the monster movie classic is a real spectacle in terms of effects and action, especially in the first third. The plane crash, which could already be seen in the trailers, is extremely thrilling on the big screen. Moreover, a really good mixture of action, horror and humor is convincing here.

However, the movie has to struggle with the problems that pilot episodes of (planned) series often have to struggle with: There is simply too much that is presented and established here, which the actual story has to suffer from. At some point it's more about the secret monster hunting organization led by Dr. Henry Jekyll than about the mummy. And the hunt for Ahmanet is limited to the fight against the undead and constant race through the streets of London or the tunnels under London. On the one hand this is entertaining, on the other hand it is a bit tiring. And when the story is brought to a much too conventional end - although there would have been the potential for a really good and surprising shocker finale - then one is quite inclined to watch more "Dark Universe" movies. But a really great anticipation  for the next contribution in the series, as is the case with many other successful franchises, does not want to be expected.

"The Mummy" is good popcorn cinema. In the first 45 minutes even very good! But unfortunately the film wants to establish a universe that is (still) too big and at the same time tell a story that in the end only relies on repetition and all-too-surprising clichés. This is an entertaining cinema fare - but a real modern monster film classic looks different after all. The bottom line is: Worth seeing!

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