'The Mummy' turns out to be Tom Cruise' biggest mistake

Posted June 10, 2017

That's both a line of dialogue from "The Mummy" - stated twice in the movie's first 10 minutes! - and a guiding principle of why, here in summer 2017, we're being asked to endure yet another version of "The Mummy".

The Mummy hits screens on June 9. "And I give it everything that I possibly can and I never take anything for granted", Cruise said at Tuesday's NY red carpet premiere for The Mummy.

When a couple of wartime scavengers steal a buried treasure map in Iraq, they stumble upon the tomb of the ancient Egyptian goddess, Ahmanet.

Boutella is a striking presence, but nearly everything else about the movie proves clunky, including most of the attempts in the feeble script to establish Nick's roguish charm.

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Courtney B. Vance agreed to star in "The Mummy" because of Tom Cruise. And like Disney's (DIS) Marvel films, the universe already has its own logo and theme, which will play before "The Mummy".

It certainly sounds like we'll see all of these characters again in the Dark Universe - whether that's in the next instalment, The Bride of Frankenstein, remains to be seen. Then in 1999, Universal scored a major box office success with Brendan Fraser and Rachel staring in the wild, entertaining, and CG-enhanced "The Mummy". Add in Dr. Henry Jekyll (Russell Crowe) to say a lot of exposition and hint at the bigger Dark Universe as a whole, and a love interest for Nick (Annabelle Wallis), and you've got yourself. almost nothing. But he has good chemistry with his partner Chris Vail (Jake Johnson), and together you can see the two of them having fun on rogue adventures, narrowly escaping danger, and getting into all sorts of trouble.

Universal has long wanted to reboot its classic Monsters - like Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Creature of the Black Lagoon - but its attempts, such as 2014's "Dracula Untold" and 2010's "The Wolfman", flopped hard.

An official synopsis for the film reads: "Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension". Not a good start, Universal.

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He said: "You get a little banged up but I train for it but I section off these stunts so we're not doing fight scenes one after the other".

"You know what you're going to get".

"The Mummy" is directed by seasoned Hollywood writer and producer Alex Kurtzman working with a script bandied around between several screenwriters, not the least of which are legends David Koepp ("Jurassic Park", "Mission: Impossible", "Spider-Man") and Christopher McQuarrie ("The Usual Suspects").

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