The Mummy review: This movie is not quite the daddy
Director Alex Kurtzman's action-packed reboot of the classic horror kicks sand in the face of the tongue-in-cheek trilogy headlining Brendan Fraser and nods affectionately to the seminal 1932 picture starring Boris Karloff.
Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) undertakes long-range reconnaissance for the US military alongside Sergeant Chris Vail (Jake Johnson).
The two men abuse their position to steal artefacts for private collectors.
A daredevil treasure hunt in Iraq, formerly Mesopotamia, unearths the tomb of long-forgotten Egyptian princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella), who rises after 5,000 years to wreak havoc on mankind.
Kurtzman's picture is suitably dark to warrant a 15 certificate - spiders and rats abound - and polished action trumps gut-wrenching emotion.
Even with Cruise's bruising zero-gravity acrobatics, The Mummy is not the daddy of this year's summer blockbusters.