It started out well, but Director Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy got crumby, pretty quickly.
While the effects and sets of Production Designers Jon Hutman and Dominic Watkins were fabulous, the cinematic look chosen by Cinematographer Ben Seresin was more fitting for a comedy than a horror film, which demands a grittier look.
But, that’s not the worst of it. Either Kurtzman doesn’t know how to handle male talent or the male actors weren’t into it. Tom Cruise, Jake Johnson and Russell Crowe give possibly the worst performances of their collective careers.
However, the fault is just as much for the inept script by David Koepp, Christopher McQuarrie and Dylan Kussman from a ridiculous story by Jon Spaihts.
If it weren’t for valiant tries by Sofia Boutella and Annabelle Wallis, this film would have been a complete disaster.
As it is, The Mummy gets a 3 out of 5 only for the sets and effects.