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These special effects were used before and they are absent any real creativity. Cinematic universes put consistent butts in seats, and there is nothing studios like more than consistent butts in seats. And like Disney's (DIS) Marvel films, the universe already has its own logo and theme, which will play before "The Mummy".

We're assuming all that palaver about finding and capturing evil from Dr. Jekyll (Russell Crowe) is likewise aimed at explaining a monster universe, because it doesn't seem to have much to do with serving the story of The Mummy. The question is, does anyone really want that to happen? However, fans won't have to complain, as The Mummy has all the essential elements of an action-packed thriller, quite like the things we subconsciously associate with the Mission Impossible franchise. It calls for a costume change ... to more traditional mummy garb - made out of toilet paper. Zombies walk through London, the mummified princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella) sucks the life out of living beings and regains her form, and also spreads her curse to Nick. "I prepare for them".

The 57-year-old actor appears alongside Tom in the new Alex Kurtzman-directed fantasy movie, and Courtney has admitted that the mere presence of Tom was enough to convince him to accept the role of Colonel Greenway. She went to the dark side.

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That is basically what The Mummy amounts to. The plot itself only further confuses this odd shifting mood; it's so poorly explained that even the resolution of the film's main conflict is met with uncertainty regarding the parameters of the "evil curse".

During a recent episode of Entertainment Weekly: The Show, the English actress recalled what it was like to shoot a grueling zero-gravity stunt alongside one of the world's biggest movie stars. We're supposed to care about Nick and his love interest, but she's such a '90s action movie MacGuffin that I've completely forgotten her name.

I give The Mummy the "Checky™ Sticker of Tolerance!" I'm excited to see more of Russel Crowe's Jekyll/Hyde.

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So despite the fun critics are having with the movie, Kurtzman may be getting the last laugh by Monday morning. In fact, he's mostly just a bumbling jerk who it is hard to believe has survived this long being a soldier of fortune. It plays the same note throughout, feeling more like a dated action movie than a modern blockbuster. However, here the M:I-style action sequences do not gel with the mythology and leave us with a film that seems mismatched. Depending on how the movie plays in China, it could pass The War of the World's $167 million worldwide opening, making it the highest grossing global opening for Tom Cruise.

This being a Tom Cruise movie you know what to expect. I'm Johnnie-U, and this has been my movie review.

But, also like Pirates, much of that rapid-fire pacing comes from just throwing moving parts at the screen. The film lulls and then picks up randomly and then lulls again.

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