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Review: The Mummy – Guildford Odeon

Published on: 10 Jun, 2017
Updated on: 10 Jun, 2017

By Dennis Harvey-Hepherd

The Mummy is the latest outing both for Tom Cruise and one of the earliest franchised stories in Hollywood.

Tom Cruise gives a typical performance, cruising through the story without effort.

The story is also typical of the modern CGI enhanced, formulaic action thriller that we have grown used to in recent years.

The problem is that The Mummy is supposed to be a horror story but, on this count, just does not deliver. The “horrific” content is a rehash of the many Zombie films that have been fashionable.

The only “shock” in the whole film is already given away my being the centrepiece of the trailer which has been shown in cinemas, on TV adverts and chat shows for the last month. What we are left with is a humourless, non-scary, bland vision of what could have been.

Those in their teens and 20s will probably love it, knowing no better.

But I would recommend the 1999 Brendon Fraser version for its humour and ground-breaking special effects.

If you want a real scare, the 1932, black and white Boris Karloff version is still the best.

So for this run of the mill action adventure, only three stars out of five.

Currently showing at the Guildford Odeon.

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