The Mummy (2017) Parent Guide
This re-imagination of what amounts to a matinee monster movie remembers its heritage and doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Parent Movie Review
Soldier of fortune Nick Morton (Tom Cruise), along with his partner Chris Vail (Jake Johnson) dig up more than they bargained for when they become distracted from their military duties in the Middle East. Inside a deep pit revealed after an air strike, the two treasure hunters discover an Egyptian sarcophagus sunk deep inside a pool of mercury. They are eager to get their hands on anything of value within the cavern, until their impulses are stopped short by the arrival of Jenny Halsey (Annabelle Wallis), a British archeologist and officer of Cultural Heritage.
Despite her concern for the preservation of historic artifacts, Nick uses his pistol to move along their investigation of the rare find. The impulsive bullet unwittingly sets in motion a series of events that awaken Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella), an ancient Egyptian princess who’s hopes of being pharaoh were dashed when her father finally had a son. Getting a second chance for power thanks to Nick’s reckless shot, the bandaged seductress promises him special considerations. It’s a favor Nick has no choice but to accept, even though it comes with a curse and her ability to manipulate his mind.
Between being entombed alive and losing the gender lottery, Ahmanet is full of girl-done-wrong anger and is ready to unleash it on the modern world. Sucking the life out of anyone who comes too close, she soon cuts the apron strings to her mummy-past and begins a mission toward becoming an eternal god. But first, in typical movie plot tradition, she must collect a couple of key objects: A dagger and a red jewel that sits atop the hilt of the weapon. With these in place, her reign of angst for the eternities will be made certain.
Of course, Nick and Jenny are not about to let her achieve her goal without a fight. Jenny even pulls in her boss (Russel Crowe) and his team of minions for reinforcements. The conflict that ensues is full of roaring, screaming and disturbing digital imagery. Ahmanet’s ability to suck the life out of others (leaving them looking like sun dried tomatoes), or bring life back to the dead (depicted as decaying corpses) enables her to assemble a group of zombie helpers. And dealing with immortal beings in the movies always comes down to who can hit or knock the other against stone walls the hardest. This gives Cruise ample opportunity to remind us he works out occasionally. Fortunately, the violence remains as unbelievable as the story, with no blood or explicit details.
Other concerning content includes some silhouetted nudity and sensual moments seen during depictions of Ahmanet’s ritual with the god of death and her seduction of a chosen male partner. Nick is also caught clothes-less, but no private body parts are seen. And some mild and moderate profanities are heard throughout.
An impressive re-imagination of what amounts to the matinee monster movie, The Mummy remembers its heritage and doesn’t take itself too seriously. Cruise and company do their best to maintain a balance between the end-of-the-world mayhem and a recognition that their impending doom should also be fun. And, for the most part, it is a popcorn-worthy adventure that may appeal to both teens and adults.
On the downside, too many scenes are wrapped up in a barrage of CGI effects that, along with a pounding musical score, prevent us from engaging with the performers and caring about whether they live or die. Come to think about it, such issues don’t really matter because you’ll most certainly get another chance to revisit this Tom Cruise vehicle when it resurrects in a promised sequel. Title guess? I’m betting The Mummy Returns… Again.Directed by Alex Kurtzman. Starring Sofia Boutella, Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe . Running time: 111 minutes. Theatrical release June 9, 2017. Updated June 13, 2017
The Mummy (2017)
Rating & Content Info
Why is The Mummy (2017) rated PG-13? The Mummy (2017) is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for violence, action and scary images, and for some suggestive content and partial nudity.
Violence: Pervasive violent depiction throughout include weapon use, explosions, hand-to-hand fighting and crushing blows. Characters are also attacked by spiders, birds and rats. Supernatural events are depicted, such as a ritual with the god of death that involves bloodletting (briefly shown), an attempted human sacrifice, corpses being raised from the dead, and characters having the life sucked from their bodies. This results in many disturbing images, ghoulish transformations and zombie-like characters. Immortal and indestructible characters are portrayed. A character talks about hurting others, and instruments for such acts are shown. Characters are injured and killed, electrocuted and blown-up, drowned and gouged, shot and stabbed – some blood and detail are shown. A character slits the throat of a man and kills a baby. A character is shot with darts and harpoons, is then bound, chained, tortured and references are later made to having done a dissection of her body.
Sexual relations between a man and woman are discussed. A woman involved in an evil ritual is seen naked from the back and side, with details obscured. A woman seductively straddles a man (this is shown several times) and uses her sex appeal to manipulate men. A naked man, in a non-sexual context, is seen with private body parts carefully covered. Embracing and kissing are shown. Sexual references and innuendo are heard.
A couple of moderate profanities are uttered, and mild swear words and terms of deity are used.
Alcohol / Drug Use:
A character drinks heavily in a bar. Alcohol is offered to a distressed man who drinks it gratefully. A character injects himself with a mysterious medicine.
Page last updated June 13, 2017
The Mummy (2017) Parents' Guide
Nick’s confesses to being a thief, yet he takes offense when someone calls him a liar. Why does he make distinctions between the sorts of immoral behavior he engages in? If a person is dishonest – they are dishonest, so does it really matter where he/she draw the lines? Why do we sometimes try to defend our actions by classifying some behavior as worse than others? Although subtler, how does Jenny also do this?
A couple of characters in this film are depicted as dark heroes – meaning that even though they have an evil side to their character, they also have a good side. How do you feel about these kinds of conflicted depictions? How do they compare with other heroes that always fight for right? Which of these personalities do you feel you relate to? Why?
The mummy Ahmanet is depicted as irredeemable because of her desire for power. What other characters in the movie want control as well? Why are we more sympathetic to their plights or reasons for wanting power?
News About "The Mummy (2017)"
From the Studio: Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension. Written by Universal Pictures