Sgt. Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) and his right hand man Chris Vail (Jake Johnson) are on assignment for the U.S. Military in Iraq, but, in truth, they use their position as ‘reconnaissance scouts’ to loot ancient treasures to sell on the black market. Hot on Nick’s heels is Jenny Halsey (Annabelle Wallis), a legitimate archaeologist who is furious at him for stealing the map that she hopes will lead her to an ancient tomb that has been mysteriously hidden throughout history.
As for why almost all records of this ancient Egyptian burial have been erased, one must go back thousands of years to find that there was once a princess named Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella) who in her lust for power jealously killed the rest of the royal family and courted the ‘god of death’ himself, Set. However, before her ritual to bring him into this world is complete, she is apprehended and ‘buried’ alive.
Denied death’s embrace, but unable to escape her sarcophagus, Ahmanet remains in her tomb until would be treasure hunters Nick and Vail, uncover it. Soon, Nick, Vail and Jenny are on board a military cargo plane with their prize, heading back to England. The plane will never make it.
Ahmanet, now free in London, is searching for the artifact she needs to usher in a new age of darkness. Together, Nick, Jenny, and the ‘historical’ society she works for, led by Dr. Henry (Russell Crowe) are the only thing that stands in the way of a now awakened mummy with the power to command the dead. Should she also succeed in raising the god of death herself, then what force on Earth can stop her?
“The Mummy” is an exciting, at times thrilling, monster movie that is heavy on the horror, light on humor, but with a script so uninspired as to almost be forgettable despite the action, which often does reach frenetic levels. Morally, the film has much to concern viewers.