Death is a doorway to new life. In ancient times Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella) princess to the King was expected to become Queen until her father and mother gave birth to a son. This did not please Ahmanet so she made a deal with evil which enveloped her body taking the lives of her family. Before she was able to take complete power with her dagger into mortal man she was captured, mummified and encased in mercury far beyond the normal burial tombs of Egypt.
In present day England while workers are working on the cross rail discovery site they come upon tombs of knights buried there from 1127 AD. The past as we know cannot remain buried forever. Enter Dr. Henry Jekyll (Russell Crowe) who takes over the project expelling all the workers out of the area except for him and his men. In the desert of Iraq Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) and his long range reconnaissance buddy Chris Vail (Jake Johnson) are out looking for a treasure. It seems he slept with Jenny Halsey (Annabelle Wallis) and discovered she had a map outlining Haram, a buried treasure. So out in the desert these two men decide to try and take over a small village run by insurgents. Why? Because somewhere in that village is treasure but when they get discovered and run for their lives the military drops a bomb, saving Nick and Chris but exposing an Egyptian burial site deep below the sands. When Jenny appears on the scene she and the two thieves, Nick and Chris, propel down the hole to find a tomb hidden for 5,000 years. Unsure what is encased within Jenny gets the military to fly it out of Iraq and into England but before reaching their destination their flight encounters a wall of birds causing the plane to crash, allowing Ahmanet to rise and seek her chosen one which happens to be Nick.
Ahmanet walks the earth taking life from humans and making them her dead warriors while Nick and Jenny run for their lives to escape this evil princess yet meanwhile Chris is dead but not to Nick. Basically Nick and Chris are both cursed and the only way to break it is to find the dagger and the stone which are in two pieces hidden separately to protect mankind but if he finds the stone and destroys it the curse will be broken. Nick is taken to Dr. Jekyll who happens to have a bit of Hyde in him, his evil side, because he knows that Nick is the chosen one by Ahmanet. Jekyll has captured Ahmanet and now having the chosen one as well he feels that he can control this evil monster like he has with so many others in his house of horrors. Nick and Jenny discover that if there is no stone there is no ritual which means no curse. In the end, while Nick and Jenny run for their lives choosing life over death they know that evil never rests and that man will always live amongst monsters leaving one man in particular to find a cure while on his next journey in life and death.
I absolutely enjoyed this film which is obviously left open for a sequel. The direction is great but the writing lacks a bit but is of course covered up with huge special effects in this 2017 3D hope to reboot the franchise. I thought the plane crash was one of the best moments I’ve seen dramatically which left me on the edge of my seat and I must say this film also made me jump once which is rare for me these days. I was slightly disappointed with the added humor they wrote into the script since I felt for the most part it did not work with the heavy darkness of the story. As for pure entertainment this movie hits the mark with some absolutely phenomenal photography and an appropriate score.
Cruise has made a mark in this franchise to keep him going for quite some time since I can’t believe they won’t have a sequel. I guess if the movie does badly at the box office which I doubt they would consider no sequel. Crowe does justice to his monstrous ways but I found him at times to just look like he was feeling a bit awkward. Wallis is gorgeous and really plays well supporting Cruise’s character. Boutella for me does ok but I kind of felt I would have preferred someone with the acting strengths of say Charlize Theron but overall she does well. Johnson was a bit of a distraction once he died so I would have just left him out of the picture for the most part until maybe the end. The film has some good supporting roles and extras along with a number of animal encounters like black birds, spider and rats which in the end I thought helped to propel this franchise back into Hollywood production for part two.