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saw: the mummy

Rare is the summer vehicle that strands Tom Cruise in the middle of itself. Eyes Wide Shut springs kinkily to mind, but that was Kubrick comma Stanley. Kurtzman comma Alex has no such license or aspirations. His main accomplishment here is retconning the amiably shambolic Stephen Sommers Mummy movies into "the good ones." Aside: While debates over connected cinematic universes at this point are borderline academic, it's worth pointing out that Marvel entered its own enterprise lightly, with a trail of bread crumbs and easter eggs. Universal is going full DCEU, front-loading and showboating its Dark Universe® without even the tenuous scaffolding of DC's back-catalog. I mean, Universal's claim to these monsters is at best public-domain, right? Jeepers. Grade: D

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