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“Top Gun: Maverick” Review: Tom Cruise Feels the Need for Speed in Adrenaline-Fueled Sequel
There are many reasons to like Top Gun . The 1986 Tony Scott movie stars Tom Cruise as Maverick, an arrogant yet talented elite Navy pilot with an addiction to speed, adrenaline and irreverence. He’s all charisma and swagger. Top Gun is an action movie packed with aerobatic stunt sequences. It has a killer soundtrack. There’s a fair amount of melodrama and character growth. Maverick engages in a non-HR-sanctioned — yet somehow sexy — romantic relationship with one of his instructors (Kelly McGillis). And you can simply dig it for its homoerotic content : there’s a bunch of muscled dudes continuously parading themselves in various degrees of undress in front of one other and relishing it.
Top Gun: Maverick , the sequel that’s been more than 30 years in the making and had its release delayed by the pandemic several times, opens exclusively in cinemas on May 27. And it’s one of the few titles I’ve seen in the last year to really justify the extra bother and risk factor of watching it on the big screen.
This cinematic spectacle starts by paying homage to the original movie from its very beginning — with the notes of the “ Top Gun Anthem ” setting the mood — and it never stops. If you liked Top Gun , you’ll enjoy Top Gun: Maverick thoroughly. All the ingredients of the original movie are there.
After more than 30 years, Maverick is still a captain. “You can’t get a promotion. You won’t retire and, despite your best efforts, you refuse to die. You should be at least a two-star admiral by now. Yet here you are,” a frustrated Rear Admiral (Ed Harris) tells Maverick before tasking him with the impossible mission — pun very much intended — of teaching a select group of 12 Top Gun graduates. They’re the best of the best. They’ll have to fly and destroy a uranium-enrichment plant in enemy territory. Getting the pilots out of there alive becomes Maverick’s goal.
Jon Hamm is playing an even less sympathetic and personable boss than he did in Mad Men . He stays on top of Maverick. After all, Maverick’s reputation precedes him — and that’s not a compliment. The movie manages to cast a diverse array of actors — Danny Ramirez, Jay Ellis, Lewis Pullman, Greg Tarzan Davis — to play the young group of trainee pilots. There’s even a woman — Monica Barbaro — among them. A mustachioed Miles Teller is Rooster, one of the pilots and the son of Maverick’s late partner, Goose (Anthony Edwards). The actors were selected from hundreds of performers to make sure they’d be able to endure the filming conditions inside of actual F-18 jets.
And that’s what justifies buying that theater ticket. Director Joseph Kosinski ( Oblivion ) and his frequent collaborator, cinematographer Claudio Miranda, spent 15 months designing a system to fit six IMAX-quality cameras inside the cockpit of the fighter planes to film the actors while they were actually in the air. (Real Navy pilots took care of the flying, but the actors were also in the cockpit.)
The performers were trained by Cruise on how to optimally frame themselves and operate the cameras while airborne. They also endured a three-month training period led by Cruise to get them acclimatized to aerobatics and flying at a higher g-force level than normal. They started in single-engine airplanes and would later on graduate to the F-18s. “These kids got the hell beat out of them with the g-forces,” Top Gun: Maverick producer Jerry Bruckheimer explains in the film’s press materials. “One g-force is your body weight, they were doing seven times their body weight, like an elephant sitting on your chest.”
Cruise has been open about his desire to do a sequel only if the technology allowed them to show the true experience of a pilot . His insistence and commitment to cinema paid off. Maverick ’s aviation and dogfighting sequences kept me engaged and tense. It’s evident that they aren’t the product of excessive CGI but the result of real stunts. Even the faces of the actors get distorted while flying in such conditions and that’s difficult to fake if shooting on a soundstage.
Top Gun: Maverick is not all flying and technological prowess though. There’s romance — Maverick rekindles his relationship with bar owner and sailing enthusiast Penny (Jennifer Connelly); a shirtless game of football takes place on the beach; a tragic event ups the dramatic ante; Rooster sings and plays the iconic “Great Balls of Fire” like his dad did; and, even though this isn’t a comedy, I found myself laughing at some very well-written and strategically placed jokes.
Co-screenwriter and frequent Tom Cruise collaborator Christopher McQuarrie almost manages to make Maverick work as a standalone movie. But while this film isn’t just another entry in the catalog of fan-service reboots, the movie does work better when it recreates moments of the original film or pays tribute to Scott’s directing style ( Top Gun: Maverick is dedicated to the memory of the late director). At times you wonder whether McQuarrie got the assignment to cram in as many callbacks to the original movie as possible — and as many shirtless moments for Cruise as well.
Even if Top Gun: Maverick has been crafted from more of a 2022 sensibility than the previous film, there’s still an awful lot of testosterone here. And that makes it hard for me to be truly charmed by this film and its predecessor.
Maverick manages to look almost the same as he did in the 1980s, donning the uniform of white t-shirt, jeans, bomber jacket and aviator sunglasses; I was a bit taken aback the first time I saw him using his cell phone. He’s too cool to bother wearing a helmet when he takes the Kawasaki motorbike for a spin, yet he’s succumbed to the smartphone addiction like the rest of us. Then I realized he was texting Ice (Val Kilmer) and it all made sense again. The two of them keep the chemistry going even via text message.
Now, if only they could have included “Take My Breath Away” in this new movie somehow — maybe in the brief and very non-revealing sort-of sex scene between Maverick and Penny (filmmakers really were more daring in the ‘80s) — this would have been the perfect sequel.
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A cruel princess of ancient Egypt wreaks havoc on humanity after she is accidentally resurrected.
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Buried deep in her crypt beneath the ruthless desert, an ancient princess who's had her life and fate taken unjustly awakens in the present day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and ...Read more terrors that defy human comprehension.
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Nick Morton is a soldier of fortune who plunders ancient sites for timeless artifacts and sells them to the highest bidder. When Nick and his partner come under attack in the Middle East, the ensuing battle accidentally unearths Ahmanet, a betrayed Egyptian princess who was entombed under the desert for thousands of years. With her powers constantly evolving, Morton must now stop the resurrected monster as she embarks on a furious rampage through the streets of London.
Rating: PG-13 (Partial Nudity|Action and Scary Images|Some Suggestive Content|Violence)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror
Original Language: English
Director: Alex Kurtzman
Producer: Alex Kurtzman , Chris Morgan , Sean Daniel , Sarah Bradshaw
Writer: David Koepp , Christopher McQuarrie , Dylan Kussman
Release Date (Theaters): Jun 9, 2017 wide
Release Date (Streaming): Jul 10, 2017
Box Office (Gross USA): $80.1M
Runtime: 1h 47m
Distributor: Universal Pictures
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The beginning is actually quite promising. Cruise works great in what feels like an "Uncharted" adventure and the following plane crash is almost on a Mission Impossible level of intensity. Unfortunately, as the Dark Universe opens up, the tone of the film oddly jumps from horror scenes to humor and back in rather gloomy and underwhelming settings. That continues all the way through the mediocre showdown. And it turns out that sometimes a face can be too familiar for a certain kind of film.
Egyptian mythology is so interesting. Much like its Norwegian and Greek counterparts, there's many stories that can be told using those worlds and those writings. Which is why it's so frustrating that, realistically speaking, Hollywood, at least recently, hasn't used these elements really all that successfully. Creatively speaking, at least. Since the first two Mummy flicks were very successful. What I mean by creatively is exploring these characters in depth, not that these are bad movies. But considering the breadth of stories to tell with these mythologies, that they've been used, essentially, for summer blockbusters is highly disappointing. Now that I've said all of that, let's talk about the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Personally, while I'm not in love with the universe itself, I've gotta give credit to Marvel for knowing how to successfully ensure that all its characters exist in the same universe, even if they're doing things separately. It's one of the great achievements Hollywood has had in a long time. Marvel's patience in slowly building its world and the characters that inhabit it has paid dividends for them. But you know how the story goes. Once something is massively successful, countless other people try to copy it without understanding why it worked and why the company originally behind this successful concept took their sweet ass time setting everything up. Case in point, the DC Cinematic Universe. DC Comics has more iconic villains than Marvel and some of the most famous characters in MEDIA belong to them. And, yet, you could say that their attempts at creating a cinematic universe has been an utter failure, outside of the Wonder Woman movie (which I've yet to see). Basically, DC Comics was caught off guard by the success of the MCU and they've had to play catch-up ever since. The only reason the DCCU is even a thing is because Marvel made it successful. If their execution of these movies are to be believed, this wasn't planned out this way. It's just their attempt to close the gap in quality, and financial, success between the two brands. It hasn't worked. I think even Hasbro, a company that makes FUCKING TOYS AND BOARD GAMES, was attempting to start its own cinematic universe. This is madness. All of this brings us to Universal and their, supposed, Dark Universe. Here's the thing, if Universal want to build your own cinematic universe surrounding famous horror characters, that's fine. Universal monsters were some of the first to terrify audiences in the 20s. Frankenstein, Dracula, Invisible Man, Bride of Frankenstein, Wolfman, Creature from the Black Lagoon, (obviously) The Mummy and that's just off the top of my head. Think about it, creating a cinematic universe using all of those characters could actually be a cool idea if handled correctly. Let's just say that this movie didn't get off to that hot of a start. First thing first and this is even before you see one second of the actual movie. But they branded this movie as part of the Dark Universe, complete with its own logo after the Universal intro. Again, this is before you even see one second of the actual movie and already they're beating it into you that this is meant to be something larger than just this movie. Which is, really, a tough start to any universe. You're already telling me that, really, this movie is just the introductory piece for all of these characters to come together. So why should I care about what I'm seeing? Secondly, the whole idea of telling us that this is meant to be a connected universe is so forced. Everyone's attempting to catch up to Marvel, I get that, but just don't openly brand this as the start of your own cinematic universe when you don't even know if it's gonna be successful. Just play it by ear and if it takes, it takes. Then you can start branding it as a cinematic universe. But, even then, Marvel, prior to their movies, doesn't put a logo proclaiming that this is part of the MCU. It's just kind of silly to do so. Now that we've got all that out of the way. What is there to say about this? You know how I mentioned, in my review of Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, that even the mightiest of box office draws have their fair share of mistakes. You could say that this is Tom Cruise's biggest mistake. At least his most recent one. It's difficult to say that about a movie that, while critically reviled, made more than twice its budget. This made $405 million on a budget of an estimated $125-195 million. But, even then, at the same time, given the high marketing costs for this movie, which don't figure into the budget for filming, this was considered a bomb. It lost Universal around $95 million. Even Tom Cruise's appeal with audiences couldn't save this movie. I think one of the biggest mistakes they could make was branding this as some sort of summer blockbuster. Yes, the previous films in the franchise branded themselves as such and they were very successful. But, in my opinion, the last thing this movie needed to do is invite comparisons to the previous films with Brendan Fraser. The reason I say that is that while they may not have been phenomenal movies, there was a tongue-in-cheek charm to them. They were movies designed to be fun, in spite of having some horror elements. I think, at first, this movie tries to capture some of that with Tom Cruise's character, Nick Morton, being a composite character. He's Indiana Jones, Nathan Drake and (parts of) Jack Sparrow all rolled into one. He's the lovable rogue thief. He plays fast and loose and it's such a boring character, honestly. Indiana Jones and Nathan Drake are great characters, but, again, you have to understand why the worked. Jack Sparrow was a great character the first time out, until Disney ran him into the ground. But Nick Morton character was designed, from the ground up, to be like these other, and better, characters. But, at the same time, that side of Morton doesn't last long. They, eventually, switch to it a more typical, generic, heroic man that Cruise is used to playing. Essentially, Cruise's character releases this banished Egyptian princess onto the world. This princess made a pact with the God of Death, Set, in exchange for her rightful place at the throne. Doesn't work and she's mummified alive by her father's men, whom she murdered along with his newborn son and his wife. Part of the deal with Set is that she would sacrifice a chosen one in order for Set to inhabit this sacrifice's body. She failed to do this as well. Of course, Tom Cruise being our hero, naturally, he's the one she has chosen to bring Set into this world to cause chaos and destruction. Our heroes have to put a stop to this. Nick has a romantic interest, of course, in Jennifer, an archaeologist who works for a secret organization responsible for destroying monsters of varying degrees. This organization is led by Dr. Henry Jekyll (yes, that Jekyll) and they sort of act as S.H.I.E.L.D does to the MCU. I don't know where to start with this, as it's a lot to take in and process. The movie, at its core, is better than I would have expected. To be fair, I wasn't really expecting much, but that low bar was cleared here. That is not to say that I thought this was a good movie, because it's not. I had no problem watching it and, really, if handled a little more adequately, this could have been a fun little B-movie disguised a summer blockbuster. But, and that last term is one that I need to come back to. While the idea to build a cinematic universe is not a new one, of course, neither is the idea of framing this cinematic universe as an action-adventure. The easiest way to sell this is to follow the same exact route that Marvel has followed and craft an action movie first with everything else second. Not saying that Marvel is the best at making action films, because they're not, but that's something that people have seen and they've seen done very well. So, tell me, why would they invest in a knock-off version of that? I understand why they took this direction, but it was the wrong one. If you want to set your universe apart, it has to bring something different to the table and, honestly, this movie didn't offer anything new at all. You could say that Amunet is a an actual figure in Egyptian mythology, but at the same time there's nothing that really differentiates her from, say, Enchantress from Suicide Squad. There's nothing all that different and, again, considering that this movie is steeped in Egyptian mythology, you'd hope that Amunet would be a more effective villain. That's not to say that Sofia Boutella didn't do a good job, in fact, I thought she was a more than welcome addition to this franchise. It's just that the character itself did nothing for me. She's just a villain for the sole reason that the movie needs one. Her character isn't developed past the introductory piece that's done telling us why she made a pact with Set. I'm not saying that this had to be a full-on horror movie, but I felt that would have given it a different identity than just another Resident Evil-lite (since RE at least has blood and gore) where the action is first and foremost and the horror elements are kept to a minimum. The world does not need another action movie. It really doesn't. You know what it needs less than an action movie? It doesn't need substandard action movies. Because, again, if you're going to make sure that you get as many eyes on this as possible and that framing this as an action movie is your best course of action, then at least give me a better movie than the one we got. The movie just doesn't click, in the slightest, because it suffers from severe identity issues. It wants to be the start of a major cinematic universe, it wants to be a fun, summer blockbuster, but it also wants to retain some of the horror elements from the original Mummy movies (the really old ones, not the ones with Brendan Fraser). There's no reason it shouldn't be able to do this. It's gonna take a lot of work, but it was doable. But, really, they just didn't succeed at this. It's got too many things it wants to be and, therefore, lacks the focus it needed for it to be a successful endeavor. I finished watching this about four or so hours ago and I can barely remember much from this. There's some cool scenes, to be sure, but I just can't, for the life of me, remember them. I guess that's how cool they were, huh? This just fails to have its own identity and that's, really, the key for long term success in this type of universe building. You need to give people a reason to say, hey, I want to see more movies in this universe. And, realistically speaking, did this movie do that? No. I'm sure some people still want more, but I don't really know why they would. Nick Morton, basically, becomes Set, but there's still enough of him in there that wants to find a cure to this disease. He runs off by the time the movie ends and that's the tease of there being a continuation. Nick is still out there and, given that he's just become a living god, you don't know what he's gonna do with that power. Is he gonna use it for good? Or is he gonna use it for EVIL? That's the only remotely interesting bit about the movie, what Nick is gonna do with his newfound powers. I suppose that could be the hook for some people. What else can I say? I don't know. This feels like an incomplete review, like I feel I'm not covering something. But that's just how it is, I don't really care to continue this review. As a standalone experience, this isn't a good movie by any standards. As the start of the Dark Universe, it's probably worse. If the DU is still gonna be a thing, I hope more care and time is taken to ensure that they put out high-quality movies that are also different enough from everything that Marvel puts out for this to have a chance. I wouldn't recommend it, but I've seen far worse recently. Bye Bye Man, I'm looking at you!!!
Obviously it's bad in a lot of ways but what's interesting is how often the movie sets up things that should work (dark humor, playful banter between the characters, and inventive action sequences) but blows it each time through poor pacing and even worse performances.
Universal launches their Dark Universe (again) with a rather mediocre and uninspired remake of The Mummy. The story follows a corrupt Army recon officer who discovers the tomb of a lost Egyptian princess who made a pact with Set, the god of death, and after her casket is excavated she breaks free and attempts to perform a ritual that will resurrect Set in a new body. Starring Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, and Russell Crowe, the cast isn't too bad; though Cruise and Crowe pretty much phone in their performances. The writing is also weak, particularly the dialog which comes off as forced and unnatural. Still, the special effects are incredibly well-done and make for some dynamic and exciting fight scenes. Yet while The Mummy has a bit of adventure to it, without compelling characters it's just noise.
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The Mummy is a 2017 action-adventure horror film, and the first installment in the Dark Universe . Directed by Alex Kurtzman ,  The Mummy stars Tom Cruise ,  Sofia Boutella ,  Annabelle Wallis ,  Jake Johnson ,  Courtney B. Vance ,  and Russell Crowe .  
The Mummy premiered on May 22, 2017 at the State Theatre in Sydney, Australia and was released in the United States on June 9, 2017. Upon release, The Mummy garnered mostly negative reviews and eight nominations at the 38th Golden Raspberry Awards ,  winning Worst Actor . 
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Thought safely entombed deep beneath the desert, an ancient princess whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day. Her malevolence has grown over millennia and with it come terrors that defy human comprehension. 
Princess Ahmanet assassinates her father .
5000 years ago, Princess Ahmanet was promised by her father King Menehptre that she would inherit his throne upon his death. However, when Menehptre bore a son, this left Ahmanet, a woman, ineligible to claim the throne. Ahmanet summoned the Egyptian god of death, Set , in a blood ritual that involved her killing Menehptre as well as her infant brother. The blood of her family gave Ahmanet incredible power, and Ahmanet promised Set that she would give him the body of a mortal man to inhabit, so that they may rule the world as king and queen. However, as she prepared to sacrifice her lover , Ahmanet's actions were discovered by the temple priests , her lover was executed, and she was mummified alive, assumed dead for 5000 years.
In 2017 , Nick Morton and Chris Vail , armed with a map, prepare to look for treasure in the city of Mosul , Iraq , so that they may sell it on the black market. Vail, however, believes the mission to be too dangerous. He and Morton argue about whether or not they should go into the city, given that it is full of militants and that the "treasure" was a curse. Eventually, Morton convinces Vail to tag along, although both regret it when they come into contact with and are forced to fight the militants. The duo are rescued by an airstrike called in by Vail, and are forced to explain to their superior Colonel Greenway why they are so far away from where they were supposed to be. Morton is also confronted by Jennifer Halsey , whose map he stole. However, their argument is interrupted when the group discovers an Ancient Egyptian tomb in the sand.
Greenway orders the three to investigate the tomb. While inside, the group discovers a stone sarcophagus . When the sarcophagus comes into view, Morton receives visions of the person inside, Ahmanet, but Halsey snaps him out of it. As the three unload the sarcophagus per Greenway's orders, Vail is bitten by a camel spider and, freaked out, begins shooting until Morton tells him that camel spiders are non-poisonous. The three load the sarcophagus onto a military plane, barely beating out a sandstorm. As Halsey examines the hieroglyphics on the side of the sarcophagus, Vail (who had been possessed by Ahmanet) begins to tamper with the sarcophagus. When Greenway commands Vail to stop, Vail stabs Greenway in the chest twice, killing him. Vail tries to kill the others on the plane as well, but Morton shoots Vail dead.
Immediately after Vail's death, a murder of crows flies into the plane, killing the pilots and causing the plane to start to crash. A hole appears in the side of the plane, sucking out all of the military personnel, leaving just Morton and Halsey on the plane. Morton unknowingly gives Halsey the last parachute before the plane crashes, with Morton still on it, in England . Halsey is left the only survivor.
Halsey goes to the morgue the next day to identify the bodies, only to see a naked Morton, who is still alive. Halsey takes Morton to a bar, where Morton sees the ghost of Vail. Morton goes to the bathroom to talk to Vail, who reveals that Morton has had a curse placed on him by Ahmanet and that she has chosen him to be her sacrifice to Set. Morton escapes into a nearby alley, where he encounters Ahmanet, who had absorbed two emergency workers investigating the crash site and turned them into undead minions . Ahmanet captures Morton and attempts to sacrifice him using the Dagger of Set , only to realize that the ruby that powers the Dagger is missing. Halsey attempts to save Morton, but Ahmanet chases them until she and Morton are captured by Prodigium .
As Ahmanet has mercury pumped into her bloodstream and frozen, Morton is taken to the leader of Prodigium, Dr. Henry Jekyll . There, Jekyll reveals that Halsey had been working for Prodigium the entire time, and that Prodigium intends to finish Ahmanet's ritual and then destroy Set while in Morton's body, killing Set for good. Morton tries to rebel, but Jekyll, who had forgotten to take the serum that represses his dark alter ego Edward Hyde , slowly transforms into Hyde and starts beating Morton to a pulp. Morton is able to defeat Hyde as Ahmanet escapes from Prodigium Headquarters and begins destroying London .
Morton and Halsey escape into the Crossrail , where the Prodigium agents stationed there are slaughtered by Ahmanet's undead. Ahmanet finds the ruby for the Dagger of Set before drowning Halsey in an attempt to get Morton to submit to her. Morton, despite being nearly killed by Ahmanet, manages to get the Dagger away from Ahmanet before stabbing himself in the stomach, fusing with Set. Now imbued with Set's powers, Morton absorbs Ahmanet's life energy, turning her into a shriveled mummy, before resurrecting Halsey and running away, believing his newfound powers to be dangerous.
As Ahmanet's corpse is taken into Prodigium's custody, Halsey and Jekyll discuss whether or not Morton will succumb to Set's dark impulses. Morton resurrects Vail, and the two set off on more adventures.
- Tom Cruise as Nick Morton/Set 
- Sofia Boutella as Princess Ahmanet 
- Annabelle Wallis as Dr. Jennifer Halsey 
- Jake Johnson as Corporal Chris Vail 
- Courtney B. Vance as Colonel Greenway 
- Marwan Kenzari as Malik 
- Russell Crowe as Dr. Henry Jekyll/Edward Hyde  
Production [ ]
Pre-production [ ].
Universal Pictures first announced plans for a reboot of the Mummy films starring Brendan Fraser in 2012,  which would be set in the modern day. 
Filming [ ]
To be added.
Post-production [ ]
Release [ ].
The Mummy was released in the United States on June 9, 2017.
Box office [ ]
Critical reception [ ].
Upon release, The Mummy received mostly negative reviews. On the review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes , the film has a 15% "Rotten" rating; the site's critical consensus reads, "Lacking the campy fun of the franchise's most recent entries and failing to deliver many monster-movie thrills, The Mummy suggests a speedy unraveling for the Dark Universe ." 
Matthew Rozsa of Salon.com writes, "It feels less like a movie than a series of compromises worked out by a corporate committee."  Peter Rainer of the Christian Science Monitor writes, " Alex Kurtzman 's The Mummy reboots a franchise I would gladly have dispensed with from the start."  David Sims of The Atlantic writes, "As the beginning of an ongoing series, it's an utter bore, one with only the faintest grasp of what made Universal's monster pictures so iconic all those decades ago." 
Thelma Adams of the New York Observer writes, "You only have to watch the trailer to know that Producer-Director Alex Kurtzman's reboot of Brendan Fraser's once-charming mummy movies is full of embalming fluid."  Alison Willmore of BuzzFeed News writes, " The Mummy promises a fantastical world of supernatural beings colliding and collaborating, forgetting that if no one cares about any one of these beings in particular, they're not going to be sold on seeing them together, either."  Brian Lowry of CNN.com writes, " The Mummy is a mess, a movie in such a hurry to introduce more monsters under Universal's "Dark Universe" banner that it comes awkwardly wrapped in impenetrable layers of exposition." 
Accolades [ ]
At the 38th Golden Raspberry Awards , The Mummy received eight nominations: Worst Picture ; Worst Director ; Worst Actor ; Worst Supporting Actor ; Worst Supporting Actress ; Worst Screenplay ; Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel ; and The Razzie Nominee So Rotten You Loved It.   The Mummy eventually won Worst Actor. 
Appearances [ ]
Locations [ ].
- Ahmanet's tomb
- Baghdad (mentioned)
- Prodigium Headquarters
- Assassination of Menehptre
- Battle of Mosul
- Retrieval of Ahmanet's sarcophagus
- Reawakening of Ahmanet
- Capture of Ahmanet
- Duel in Henry Jekyll's office
- Attack on London
- Duel in the Crossrail
- Dagger of Set
Sentient species [ ]
- Ancient Egyptian deities
- Vampires (cameo)
- Gill-man's species (cameo)
Organizations [ ]
Mentioned [ ].
- The Mummy: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
External Links [ ]
References [ ]
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 Universal Pictures Unveils "Dark Universe" with Name, Mark and Musical Theme For Its Classic Monsters Series of Films . Universal Pictures . prnewswire.com . May 22, 2017.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 The Mummy (2017) . boxofficemojo.com .
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Tom Cruise’s ‘Mummy’ Reboot Casts Annabelle Wallis . Kroll, Justin. variety.com . March 7, 2016.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 'New Girl' Star Jake Johnson Joins Tom Cruise in 'The Mummy' (Exclusive) . Kit, Borys. hollywoodreporter.com . March 8, 2016.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 'People v. O.J.' Star Courtney B. Vance Joins Tom Cruise in 'The Mummy' Reboot . Kroll, Justin. variety.com . April 15, 2016.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Yes...Dr. Henry Jekyll M.D, D.C.L, L.L.D, F.R.S etc... at your service. @russellcrowe on Twitter.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Razzies 2018 – Transformers: The Last Knight leads worst films nominations . Pulver, Andrew. theguardian.com . January 22, 2018.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 38th Razzie Award "Winners" Announced . Rotten Tomatoes . rottentomatoes.com . March 3, 2018.
- ↑ Tom Cruise's The Mummy Gets an Official Synopsis . Orange, B. Alan. movieweb.com . May 6, 2016.
- ↑ UMU Looks Inside Dr. Jekyll's Briefcase & Reveals a "Dark Universe"! . Biscotti, Steven. universalmonstersuniverse.com . May 23, 2017.
- ↑ The Mummy Gets Reboot from Prometheus Writer Jon Spaihts . Gallagher, Brian. movieweb.com . April 4, 2012.
- ↑ EXCLUSIVE: The Mummy Remake to Be an Epic Horror Movie Set in Present Day America . Orange, B. Alan. movieweb.com . December 13, 2012.
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 The Mummy (2017) . Rotten Tomatoes .
- ↑ How to launch a shared cinematic universe (and how not to) . Rozsa, Matthew. salon.com . June 24, 2017.
- ↑ 'The Mummy' is a tentpole production with nothing under the tent . Rainer, Peter. csmonitor.com . June 9, 2017.
- ↑ The Mummy Is a Monstrous Flop . Sims, David. theatlantic.com . June 8, 2017.
- ↑ Tom Cruise Can’t Keep ‘The Mummy’ From Unravelling . Adams, Thelma. observer.com . June 9, 2017.
- ↑ “The Mummy” Is A $125 Million Lesson About How Franchises Are Hard . Willmore, Alison. buzzfeed.com . June 8, 2017.
- ↑ 'The Mummy' awkwardly stumbles into Dark Universe . Lowry, Nick. cnn.com . June 9, 2017.
- ↑ The Mummy (2017) . IMDb .
- ↑ The Mummy (2017) . Metacritic .
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Tom cruise’s the mummy failure: 8 reasons why dark universe failed before it began.
Despite Tom Cruise taking the lead role, 2017’s The Mummy was a failure that stopped the Dark Universe from progressing, but why did it flop?
- The marketing for 2017's The Mummy was misleading and featured unimportant details, leading viewers to have false expectations.
- Tom Cruise's involvement in the film was wasted as his character lacked substance and did not showcase his talents.
- The characters in The Mummy were poorly developed, making it difficult for the audience to root for them and invest in their story.
2017's reboot of The Mummy was meant to launch a new franchise for Universal called the Dark Universe, but it failed for several reasons and was ultimately scrapped. That came as a huge shock, especially with megastar Tom Cruise in the lead role, fellow A-lister Russell Crowe on board, and a talented supporting cast including Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance, and Marwan Kenzari. On paper, Dark Universe looked like a guaranteed success.
The reality just goes to show that, even with a massive budget and big names attached, movies can bomb if the other essential ingredients aren't right — and Cruise's The Mummy remake had so many fundamental ingredients missing that it was hard to ignore them all. Looking at the film objectively, it's easy to see why fans and critics panned it, as well as why the proposed franchise it was a platform for didn't progress. It may even be one of the most disappointing films of the 21st century, especially since it led to the Dark Universe concept being axed.
Related: The Universal Dark Universe And 9 Other Abandoned Movie Franchises
8 The Mummy's Marketing Was Poor
Posters, billboards, and trailers featured unimportant details.
The marketing for 2017's The Mummy was fairly uninspired and substandard in general, but there was one particularly irksome aspect of it. Whether it was a poster, a billboard, or a trailer, it all seemed to feature the eponymous Princess Ahmanet's eyes, each of which had an extra pupil. It suggested they were important and might grant her a mystical ability, but they turned out to be entirely inconsequential. Viewers were never given a chance to see what these intriguing eyes offered. She may as well have had completely normal eyes. The marketing was terribly misleading in that regard .
7 The Mummy Wastes Tom Cruise
The lead should have guaranteed its success.
Cruise an iconic and exceptional actor. Cruise has received three Academy Award acting nominations for Born on the Fourth of July , Jerry Maguire , and Magnolia . Although he's failed to win, that takes some talent. Sadly, The Mummy completely wastes his involvement by having play a paper-thin character with very little substance . He gets little to no opportunity to showcase his charm, and his talents dissolve into an almost perpetual whirlwind of generic action. Considering The Mummy is a Cruise vehicle with the superstar at the wheel, the actor may as well have taken the keys out of the ignition.
6 The Mummy Has Poor Characters
The characters are hard to root for.
Despite having the name of the monster in their titles, monster movies rely on great characters to succeed. Jaws , for instance, would be nothing without the palpable chemistry between Roy Scheider's Martin Brody, Robert Shaw's Quint, and Richard Dreyfuss' Matt Hooper. Likewise, Alien and Predator wouldn't be anywhere near as iconic without Sigourney Weaver's Ellen Ripley and Arnold Schwarzenegger's Dutch and their memorable co-stars. A major problem in The Mummy is poor characters. If Cruise's Nick Morton is paper-thin, the supporting characters are microscopic. They're underdeveloped and neither interesting nor likable. It's actually difficult to want them to come out of the movie victorious .
5 Unfavorable Comparisons To Previous Versions
The mummy couldn't live up to its predecessors.
Any reboot, remake, or sequel risks being compared unfavorably to its predecessors, and 2017's The Mummy always had a tough road ahead in that regard. The classic Universal series starring the likes of Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney Jr. and even the horror comedy Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy are widely revered. Plus, 1999's The Mummy and its first sequel, 2001's The Mummy Returns , are beloved adventure films. The 2017 reboot doesn't live up to them in any way . It lacks the memorable characters, the scares, the humor, and everything you should want in a Mummy franchise film. In that sense, it was doomed from the start.
4 The Mummy Has Too Much Action
The action overshadows everything else.
In a movie like The Mummy , action is obviously essential. Without any action, the film would be unspeakably boring — more so than it already is — because there'd be no sense of urgency or peril. However, 2017's reboot of The Mummy goes way too overboard with its action . It feels like director Alex Kurtzman believes fans are only entertained by action scenes, so it barely slows down at any point during the film's run. Eventually, that makes the action seem dull. However, it also takes away from several other aspects of the story, like character development, suspense, dialogue, and scares.
3 Its Comedy Is Weird And Misplaced
Tom cruise tries too hard and too often.
Cruise has proven many times that he has perfectly passable comedy chops. 1983's Losin' It and Risky Business , 1988's Cocktail , 2008's Tropic Thunder , 2010's Knight and Day , and 2017's American Made are just some movies in which Cruise has shown his funny side. However, in The Mummy , on the few occasions he engages in dialogue, he tries too hard to be funny and does it too often . It doesn't work out — not just because The Mummy isn't a comedy but because the rest of the cast are playing darker or more serious characters and aren't remotely on the same page. It's misplaced and falls completely flat.
2 The Dark Universe Is Forced And Rushed
Henry jekyll should have been introduced later.
The Mummy was intended to be the opening installment in a franchise, Universal's Dark Universe. Everyone understood that, but it didn't need to be forced down audience's throats or feel rushed and contrived. To use a common phrase to describe it: it's a marathon, not a sprint. It was, therefore, deeply unnecessary for Russell Crowe's Henry Jekyll to be shoehorned into the movie as the Dark Universe's version of Nick Fury. It was even less necessary to see his transformation into Eddie Hyde, which could have been a big reveal at a later time. All it did was take away from The Mummy as a standalone entity.
1 The Mummy Isn't Scary
The titular creature just wasn't scary.
Arguably, the most crucial factor in The Mummy's failure — and its unfortunate failure to launch the Dark Universe — is that it simply isn't scary. A Mummy movie doesn't necessarily have to be scary. Indeed, the beloved Mummy movies starring Brendan Fraser weren't for the most part. However, when it's meant to be the platform from which a franchise called the Dark Universe is born, it should feature some classic and appropriately scary cinematic monsters . The movie promised a lot, but it lacked suspense, scares, and an eponymous antagonist who's remotely frightening. Ahmanet offers nothing in terms of scares at any point in 2017's The Mummy — and that's a real shame.
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Henry Jekyll / Edward Hyde
Woman in Toilet
Technician in Chamber
Museum Guy (uncredited)
Museum Visitor (uncredited)
Kira Lee (uncredited)
Museum Tourist (uncredited)
Art Department Coordinator
Supervising Art Director
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Russian Arm Operator
Underwater Director of Photography
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Special Effects Coordinator
Visual Effects Art Director
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Marco van der Merwe
Ryan J. Frias
First Assistant Editor
ADR Voice Casting
Chelsea Ellis Bloch
Original Music Composer
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