“The Mummy” is an action-adventure movie from Universal Pictures, which brings together an interesting cast of actors. The movie is actually a reboot of the already famous Mummy franchise, being also known as the first of the Dark Universe film series. It has already premiered in Sydney, Australia and, for the next couple of days, it is going to be shown in other countries, such as USA, Mexico and even South Korea.
The Mummy – Reboot of the Original Franchise
The idea of a Mummy movie reboot was promoted and announced by Universal Pictures somewhere in 2012. However, it took some time before a final choice was made, with regard to the director of the movie. The initial release was scheduled for 2016 but, once again, due to different delays, we are seeing it on the big screen only this year. It will be screened in different formats – 2D, 3D, and IMAX; in the United States, it is expected to gather between $35 and $40 in the opening weekend. As for the original budget, this is of $125.000.000.
The director of the movie is Alex Kurtzman, a reputed name in the industry, also responsible for box office movies, such as Star Trek, Transformers and Amazing Spider-Man 2. The screenplay has been written by David Koepp and Christopher McQuarrie, both being well-known in the movie industry. As for the actual cast of the movie, we are seeing Tom Cruise as the star lead, which is definitely a surprising choice. Russell Crowe, Sofia Boutella, and Annabelle Wallis complete the star cast of the movie.
As for the filming locations, most of the scenes were shot in the UK, more specifically in Oxford, London and Surrey. The crew also traveled to the Namib Desert for some very interesting shots. The movie requires parental guidance (15+), given the scenes of fantasy horror and violence, not to mention the language used at some points.
Plot and User Reviews
Even though it is a reboot of the Mummy franchise, the movie manages to bring together four different movie genres, meaning action, adventure, fantasy and horror. The plot is rather similar to the previous movies but nevertheless enticing. We have the ancient princess, who is awakened from her crypt; the crypt is located, of course, in the desert (hence the shots in the Namibian desert).
The princess is not pleased to be awakened, as you might expect; she has gathered a lot of malevolence over the years and now she is ready to bring a reign of terror over modern humanity. According to those who have already seen the movie, it is an exciting view. It gives you the thrills such a movie should be able to give, impressing with its visual effects. Moreover, it has scenes filled with action and adrenaline, suiting the taste of the younger generation. Last, but not least, it has smart dialogue, appealing to those who are looking for such aspects in a movie.
Perhaps the only controversy is related to the choice made for the lead actor. Tom Cruise is, without doubt, a great actor but connection with the Mummy franchise is surprising, to say the least. We are used to seeing Tom Cruise in other type of movies but not in something that blends horror and fantasy to such a deep extent.
Tom Cruise plays Nick Morton, who is actually responsible for waking Princess Ahmanet from her deep slumber. The princess is interpreted by Sofia Boutella, who delivers a splendid performance. The character of Nick Morton is new to the premises, as well as the scientist played by Annabelle Wallis. The movie follows the classic trail but you will definitely see some surprises on the way. Interestingly enough, Russell Crowe plays the role of Dr. Henry Jekyll – just wait and see the connection made here.
There are still many things we do not known about the movie, especially with regard to the main character. It seems that Nick Morton will actually die at the beginning of the movie, only to be revived in a morgue shortly afterwards. As for Russell Crowe, he is closer to the Princess Ahmanet than you might think. Only from these details, we can gather that the movie has a few surprising plot twists, which we cannot wait to discover.
If you like movies with mummies, you will definitely like this particular one. It has everything you could look for in an action-adventure movie, with spectacular visual effects and an interesting cast of actors. The movie brings us back to the world of walking corpses, angry ancient princesses and curses, enticing us to rediscover a genre that was somewhat forgotten. Even though it was originally presented as a reboot, it might be better than the actual Mummy and definitely worth seeing.