‘The Mummy’ awkwardly stumbles into Dark Universe
“The Mummy” is a mess, a movie in such a hurry to introduce more monsters under Universal’s “Dark Universe” banner that it comes awkwardly wrapped in impenetrable layers of exposition.
Tom Cruise occupies center stage in this not-quite-a-reboot, which features Sofia Boutella (“Kingsman: The Secret Service”) as the Mummy, an Egyptian princess named Ahmanet who committed patricide, made a pact to unleash the god of death and was cursed by being buried alive for her troubles.
Flash forward to the present day, with Cruise as Nick Morton, a soldier and, as he puts it, “liberator of precious antiquities” who — while fortune-seeking in Iraq — inadvertently awakens Ahmanet, who winds up wreaking havoc in, around and finally under London.
Earmarked as the Mummy’s chosen mate, Nick receives help from a specialist in ancient lore named Jenny Halsey (Annabelle Wallis) and none other than Dr. Henry Jekyll (Russell Crowe), who is part of a secret organization tasked with thwarting evil. The irony, of course, is that the good doctor has to keep shooting up to repress the beast within him.