Okay, the best thing to do here? Forget that you ever saw the two Mummy movies before this one. Remember the basics, but if you can pretend that you only ever heard about the first two, you’ll enjoy this one a lot more. If you’ve really never seen the first two, just read a synopsis somewhere or get a friend to tell you the gist of them, and you’re golden.
This movie managed to sneak up on me. I didn’t see a single trailer for it, despite the fact that I usually end up seeing every trailer for every major motion picture out there, whether I want to see said trailer or not. They’re called trailers because they used to trail after the main feature, but someone eventually figured out that people don’t stick around after the main feature and they were moved to the front instead.
Now, I did see Pitch Black, back when it was first released, though I’ve long ago forgotten all the details. Of course, you kind of don’t need to remember the details since I think this is basically the same movie all over again, just with different-looking things trying to eat everyone. And these scary critters come out when it rains rather than when it gets dark. I guess if you’re comfortable with a certain formula and it doesn’t totally flop at the box office, why not do it all over again? It’s been thirteen years, after all.
This seems like another in the seemingly endless string of movies lately that’s based on some dark, futuristic graphic novel. There was Sin City and 300, and coming up we have Watchmen and Max Payne. (Also a remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still, which isn’t based on a graphic novel, obviously, but is chock-full of special effects, unlike the original.
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