‘The Mummy’ trailer
The trailer for The Mummy dropped a few hours ago. It’s the first film (or second, depending on how you view certain scenes from 2014’s Dracula Untold) of the Universal Monster universe. Shared universes, so hot right now. Shared universes.
The plot synopsis from Wikipedia makes the film seem like it’s going to be Aliens mashed-up with The Mummy Returns:
“A group of military commandos bring an entombed mummy from the Egyptian deserts to London. However, the mummy awakens, reveals herself as an ancient queen whose destiny was taken from her, and unleashes chaos, bent on revenge.”
The film stars Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, and Russell Crowe in the role of Henry Jekyll (he seems to be the Monster version of Nick Fury). Tom Cruise has, for reasons that are lost on me, become one of the most prolific action stars of the last twenty years. The trailer shows off everything that you would expect from a Cruise action vehicle. Yelling? Of course. Running really fast? Does a bear shit in the woods? Crazy stunts? His action movies are pretty much running really fast to the next stunt. A love interest that’s at least twenty years younger and six inches taller than Cruise? You bet your ass.
Now, I know I’ve voiced my displeasure at reboots in the past. I’ve been especially vocal when the reboot’s target audience was old enough to go see the original film. However, I’m interested in seeing how this reboot plays out. I wasn’t a big fan of the previous incarnation of the franchise. To be honest, I think those last three Mummy movies were pretty damn boring. The one thing that bothers me about the trailer (and most trailers/teasers) is that it’s basically using a click bait approach of showing nothing but big stunts and CGI, instead of an actual semblance of plot, to get you to watch the film. I know movie trailers have made skeptics of us all, but I’ll wait for a second trailer before I totally write the film off.
The film is set to be released on June 9th, 2017.