The alleged reboot of Universal’s “The Mummy” is a remake in name only: Other than the title, nothing else has to do with the original film. Instead, we’re treated to a tiresome, repetitive Tom Cruise vehicle that seems to have been made primarily as a vanity project for the superstar. Cruise’s performance is overbearing from the very first frame to the last, and he’s essentially playing Tom Cruise Action Star: There’s nothing he can’t figure out, no battle he won’t win and no one he can’t charm, for no reason other than the script says so. With his co-stars neutered by his megalomaniac performance, there’s nothing for the audience to do except wait for the preposterous running time to end. Sofia Boutella manages to infuse the movie with brief shots of life here and there, demonstrating real charisma and menace in the title role, but her inexplicably limited screen time doesn’t allow her to completely rescue the movie from Cruise’s off-putting vanity.
Rating: ★★ (out of 5)