The pic - the first in a planned Universal monster film series dubbed the Dark Universe - now has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 28 percent, compared with Cruise's last two films Jack Reacher: Never Go Back and Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, which have scores of 37 percent and 93 percent, respectively.
Unlike the original Universal Monster movies - and 2010's "The Wolfman" - "The Mummy" is built on CGI effects rather than jaw-dropping practical makeup.
"The Mummy" director, Alex Kurtzman, revealed he will re-launch the classic movie monster franchises including "Dracula", "Frankenstein", "Bride of Frankenstein", "Van Helsing", "The Wolf Man", and "The Invisible Man", which is said to be to be starred by Johnny Depp.
That's my biggest issue with a movie like "The Mummy". A new musical theme for the "Dark Universe", composed by Danny Elfman, will debut in theaters ahead of "The Mummy". Sure, it's flawed - more than most movies. Or something else entirely? Inverse has pointed at that within its hallowed halls, if you're really looking closely, you'll find a link to the 1999 Mummy film starring Brendan Fraser.
First things first: this version of The Mummy has nearly nothing to do with the Brendan Fraser movie back in 1999, which spawned two sequels. Jen has secrets of her own, though, like how she works for Russell Crowe who-twist!-plays Dr. Jekyll. The Mummy may be nowhere close to being as memorable as Iron Man, but at least it does its job of setting up the Dark Universe well enough. Universal's Dark Universe could have used a stronger start out of the gate but the good news for this franchise is there's plenty of room for improvement, especially with the beloved monsters the studio has in its arsenal. Jenny Halsey (Annabelle Wallis) shows up to reclaim her stolen map from cruise and explores the tomb.
The Mummy marks the official launch of Universal's planned Dark Universe, which should unite numerous studio's beloved Classic Monsters.
- Are we really not sick of Tom Cruise yet?
It's certainly a little odd early on to see Cruise sharing a bunch of scenes with Johnson, who's basically clowning it up as a happier version of his "New Girl" character, also named Nick. Worst of all, Boutella, who gave a mesmerizing breakout performance in last year's Star Trek Beyond, makes nearly no impression as Ahmanet, who spends much of the movie held captive, even though she's meant to be the main antagonist.
Next up we chatted to Annabelle Wallis, who you might know best from playing Grace Brugess in Peaky Blinders.
But at the end of the day, it provided what monster movies are supposed to: scares and great action.