(This review may contain spoilers).
When I saw this movie advertised, I was immediately interested in it. And I felt it was good for maybe the first third and the last third… but I did think that the middle third seemed like an entirely different movie.
It was hard not to think of the first Mummy movie while watching this, but I didn’t think this movie did such a good job with the main bad. Ahmanet had very little real depth to her and I was disappointed that all she was seemed to be the ‘monster of the week’.
I really like Tom Cruise as an actor and I enjoyed seeing him playing Nick in this movie. It was harder to like or really care about Jenny, though. Strong female character she was not and it seemed all she was doing was putting herself into dangerous situations where she had to get rescued. On the other hand, I did really like Chris, even though I couldn’t quite get away from his character in New Girl. And there didn’t really seem to be any acknowledgement of the fact he, or anyone else, was dead. It was like no one had any questions about the wreck, which I didn’t think was particularly realistic.
There were a few moments of humour that mainly came from Chris, but I didn’t really feel there was much horror in the book. About the time Jekyll appeared, the danger the characters were in didn’t really feel real, as it was just, ‘Oh, there’s so much evil in the world. Ahmanet is just one more’.
There were some good special effects, but I didn’t really care about a lot of the characters. Nick, and Chris to a lesser extent, were the only ones who I enjoyed watching. However, there was a really creepy scene where a whole hoard of camel spiders appeared. As someone with a phobia of spiders, I found that scene extremely disturbing.
I probably wouldn’t watch this movie again any time soon. If the middle third had been changed to fit with the rest, I think I would have enjoyed this a lot more.