How Tom Cruise Lost His Humanity Jun 10, 2017 17:02:42 GMT -5
Post by trumad on Jun 10, 2017 17:02:42 GMT -5
To age is human, but don’t tell that to Tom Cruise, who once again tries to act like a 27-year-old (he’s actually 54) in The Mummy, a dreary corporate product designed to initiate Universal Pictures’ monster-centric “Dark Universe,” and whose plot involves the star fighting against—and (in trademark fashion) fleeing from—an undead monster that wants to…well, have sex with him. Seriously. The result is one of Cruise’s biggest big-screen blunders, a hodgepodge of action and horror clichés stitched together with plenty of CGI but little lucidity and even less inventiveness. Nonetheless, even more than its awkward world-building, its lame set pieces, or its less-than-stellar depiction of women, the real issue with Alex Kurtzman’s summer spectacle is that it functions as yet another vehicle for Cruise’s stunted adolescence. No matter what his birth certificate says, he’s the superstar who won’t grow up.
The Mummy may be the most egregious example yet of Cruise’s desire to define himself strictly in youthful action-figure terms. It plays like a transparent attempt by the actor to one-up Hollywood’s Marvel upstarts with his own interconnected movie-verse—one in which he’s paired with a woman 22 years his junior, called “a younger man” by Russell Crowe (who’s actually almost two years younger than Cruise), and performs feats of derring-do that most thirtysomethings couldn’t handle. That makes it a far from surprising project for Cruise, who’s long rebelled against father time by headlining tentpoles whose defining characteristics are his own physical toughness, death-defying nerve, and wrinkle-free good looks. There’s a reason why he routinely discusses the lengths to which he’ll go (and the personal peril he risks) to pull off his insane big-screen stunts, such as running alongside the exterior of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa skyscraper (2011’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) or hanging from a plane as it lifts off the tarmac (2015’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation): they’re exploits which announce that, more than three decades after he first rose to Hollywood’s apex, Tom Cruise remains the baddest superstar on the planet.