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Tom Cruise's best efforts can't revive a chaotic reboot of 'The Mummy'

Tom Cruise's best efforts can't revive a chaotic reboot of 'The Mummy'

“The Mummy” is too much. Nominally a humble reboot of a horror franchise that dates back to Boris Karloff in 1932, “The Mummy” is trying to do so many different things, has so many different reasons for being (not to mention so many screenwriters), that a kind of narrative chaos is the all but inevitable result.

Starring Tom Cruise and directed by Alex Kurtzman, whose credits are almost exclusively as a writer-producer (including “Star Trek” and “Transformers”), “The Mummy” does have elements that are effective, especially Sofia Boutella in the title role, but with all the hurly-burly on screen the virtues get lost in the shuffle.

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