Trailer: Tom Cruise Versus ‘The Mummy’ (2017)

The Mummy - Tom Cruise and Jake Johnson

The Universal Monsters franchise is almost here with the release of The Mummy. Yup, another remake with franchise plans.

Based on the first trailer that dropped back in December, I didn’t have the highest hopes for The Mummy, and based on this latest trailer, my hopes haven’t changed much. It honestly looks like a few more crazy Tom Cruise stunts mixed with a modern action-heavy take on the Brendan Fraser-Rachel Weisz trilogy. Take a look for yourself.

The good thing about this trailer is that it lays out a little more of the plot rather than presenting the first crazy stunt of the film in half the trailer. There’s also the fact that it showcases a little more of Sofia Boutella’s gymnastic talents, previously seen in Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond.

As for the clearer plot, Tom Cruise plays Nick Morton, an adventurer/mercenary/paramilitary soldier (it’s not really clear), who discovers the buried tomb of Princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella), and he’s assisted by colleague Sergeant Vail (Jake Johnson) and archeologist Jenny Halsey (Annabelle Wallis) in the excavation, which ends in chaos when the military transport plane is downed by birds. Morton dies and comes back to life because the now-resurrected Ahmanet chose him to regain her form and remake the world – possibly. And somehow, Dr. Henry Jekyll (Russell Crowe) and his Prodigium organization figure into the plot.

The bad … the use of “Paint It Black”. I like the song and The Rolling Stones well enough, but this feels like another case of studio marketing picking a classic rock tune in an attempt to mimic Guardians of the Galaxy’s trailer and success. And there seems to be no humor off the bat – except for some expected trademark Cruise snark – which leaves a sour taste, considering the action-adventure feel of the prior trilogy.

The Mummy hits theaters on June 9, 2017 in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D – two of which are more than likely unnecessary, but we’ll see come June. Alex Kurtzman is directing (his second film) off of a Jon Spaihts and Christopher McQuarrie script.