The Mummy review

Hubris, thy name is The Mummy.

What other word describes a film that kicks off a presumed franchise in the vein of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, in spite of not gauging whether or not audiences want such a franchise? The ingredients for a compelling single movie exist within The Mummy, yet they never cohere into a genuinely exciting adventure. The pieces are here, but director Alex Kurtzman isn’t able to put them together; he’s too busy trying to make the so-called Dark Universe worth the effort.

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The Dark Universe doesn’t get off to the most promising start with The Mummy. Alex Kurtzman‘s first entry in the shared universe is a strangely subdued movie: the scares aren’t scary enough, the humor is often forced and out of place, and the adventure never feels adventurous enough. Grand-scale spectacle and monsters don’t mix well in the film.

We’re going to run a larger review of this one on Friday, but with the first wave of reactions arriving online today, let’s take a quick look at why this movie doesn’t work.

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Tom Cruise

Actor Tom Cruise has been flying for over 20 years. Literally. After Top Gun, he embraced flying as a hobby and worked towards getting his pilot’s license in 1994. He’s flown some incredible planes, including a World War II fighter jet and a Gulfstream IV with a screening room. With his upcoming filmAmerican Made, not only does he get to fly an aircraft as a part of his day job, but we’ll get to see him step outside of one…while it’s in the air and occupied by no one else.

Director Doug Liman recently talked all about the American Made plane stunt.

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The Mummy Trailer

Last night brought the first round of press screenings for The Mummy, the first film in Universal’s ambitious Dark Universe franchise that will see remakes of classic monster movies from the studio’s history, including The Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man, Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, as well as recently announced additions The Phantom of the Opera and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

With a lot riding on its shoulders, how does The Mummy fare not just as the start of a major franchise, but as a new vehicle for Tom Cruise? Well, the reviews don’t have many kind things to say, which doesn’t bode well for the Dark Universe, despite Universal’s confidence in the franchise.

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American Made Trailer - Tom Cruise

Just recently, we found out that Tom Cruise will get back in a fighter jet for Top Gun: Maverick. Before that, he’ll be in a different pilot’s seat, running guns and drugs for the CIA in one of the biggest covert operations in the agency’s history.

American Made (formerly known as Mena) is based on a true story and follows Tom Cruise as a commercial airline pilot turned smuggler in the film from The Bourne Identity director Doug Liman. It looks like the kind of blend of comedy and action that made Liman and Cruise’s last collaboration in Edge of Tomorrow (aka Live Die Repeat) so fun to watch, and you’ll see what I mean in the first trailer that just debuted online before hitting theaters with The Mummy this weekend.

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The Mummy Clips

The blockbuster summer season just keeps marching forward. Now that Wonder Woman has hit theaters and exceeded even the higher opening weekend box office predictions, it’s time to look forward to what’s coming next weekend.

The big release for the weekend of June 9 will be The Mummy, the horror action adventure combo that is meant to kick off Universal’s ambitious plan to create the Dark Universe that they made such a big deal about officially announcing recently. Tom Cruise stars in the remake of the classic monster movie that still looks like more action than horror, and leading up the film’s release in just a few days, Universal has released a batch of clips to entice audiences. The only problem is they don’t instill much confidence in the flick.

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Top Gun 2 Title

Last week, we were surprised to learn that Top Gun 2 was no longer just a flight of fancy that Tom Cruise would occasionally comment on. The actor has been making the publicity rounds for The Mummy (opening next week), and with the big news regarding the Top Gun sequel surfacing last week, he’s being inundated with questions about what fans can expect from the long-awaited follow-up to the original 1986 film. Thankfully, he provided some helpful details, including the sequel’s title.

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The Mummy featurette

Next weekend, we’ll get a sense of how audiences feel about Universal’s Dark UniverseAlex Kurtzman‘s The Mummy gets the monster party started, but whether the world wants a world of gods and monsters, we’ll see soon enough. The movie is on track to make $40 million its opening weekend in the states, but with the power of Tom Cruise, it should perform even better overseas. If one thing seems for sure, it’s that Kurtzman’s film doesn’t lack scope, as a new behind-the-scenes featurette suggests.

Below, check out The Mummy featurette.

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Edge of Tomorrow 2

No, you’re not dreaming. An Edge of Tomorrow sequel-prequel might actually happen. It still almost sounds too good to be true, but three years after the spectacular first movie came out, director Doug Liman is working on a follow-up that’ll bring back Bill Cage (Tom Cruise) and Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt). Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse wrote the Live Die Repeat and Repeat script (yes, that’s the title), which has more comedy, less battlefield action, and a new character Liman says will “steal the movie.” And interesting, he notes that the sequel will pick up right where the first movie ended.

Below, the director, who’s making Chaos Walking next, discusses the Edge of Tomorrow sequel that, in our book, can’t get made soon enough.

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Top Gun is coming back to theaters with a sequel, which means the return of Tom Cruise as Maverick, the (hopeful) return of latent homoeroticism, and maybe the return of Val Kilmer‘s Iceman. At least, Kilmer says he’s ready to reprise his role for Top Gun 2.

The sequel to 1986’s Top Gun was re-confirmed by Cruise earlier this week, and while a cast and director have not yet been announced, Cruise has said that he’ll begin filming “sometime next year.” So with details for Top Gun 2 in the dark, Kilmer took to social media to make his appeal for Iceman’s return to Cruise.

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