Review: ‘The Mummy’ — What parents should know
I’m probably unique in that I absolutely love the classic Universal monster movies from the 20s through 40s, which starred such icons as Bela Lugosi as Dracula and Boris Karloff as the creature in 1932’s “The Mummy.” I was also a fan of 1999’s “The Mummy” starring Brendan Fraser, so I was both excited and apprehensive to see this summer’s “The Mummy” starring Tom Cruise.
Let’s face it. Remakes are always more a miss than a hit, and this rendition of “The Mummy” launches Universal’s new Dark Universe series, which will reboot all of the classic monsters in a Marvel-type film series. Next up is Johnny Depp as “The Invisible Man.” Prepare yourselves.
This new version of “The Mummy” is rated PG-13 for “violence, action and scary images, and for some suggestive content and partial nudity,” and the abundance of marketing means many families might opt to see it this summer. So, how kid-friendly is it?
Cruise portrays Nick Morton, a United States soldier who spends much of his time in war-torn Iraq searching for antiquities he can sell on the black market. When he and his friend Chris (Jake Johnson) accidentally unearth an Egyptian tomb in an Iraqi village, they also unleash an ancient princess from her tomb. Princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella) made a pact with the evil god Set, who rules over the dead, but a ritual was interrupted and she was mummified alive. Her tomb was relocated far away from Egypt because the Egyptians feared her in death as much as in life. After a plane crash transporting her sarcophagus from Iraq, Nick miraculously survives the crash and wakes up in a London morgue. Ahmanet has cursed him and chosen him to be the vessel for Set, but a mysterious society led by Dr. Henry Jekyll (Russell Crowe) intends to stop the ritual from happening, one way or another.
“The Mummy” mostly contains some frightening and disturbing images that might scare sensitive and young children. The creature amasses an army of walking dead, after she sucks the life out of them first. There are car chases, fight scenes, an intense plane crash, and many people are killed. Monsters threaten to kill or harm main characters.
There is also some mild profanity, and the “heroes” do questionable things, such as steal and lie. There is also partial nudity, and the mummy is scantily dressed throughout.
As always, adhere the rating, but overall, I’d judge “The Mummy” to be best for older kids.
I personally didn’t like this remake all that much — too much action, not enough story, and characters I didn't particularly like — but you might want to judge it for yourself.
“The Mummy” is now playing in theaters nationwide.