The Mummy, Universal’s shared monster universe kickoff movie, just got a second trailer. And if you were less-than-excited after seeing the first one, I can’t imagine this one will help.
Here you go:
An ancient princess is awakened from her crypt beneath the desert, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.
My personal list of concerns is substantial. Like, what is this movie? It’s definitely heavy on action and adventure, you know, like the other Mummy reboot we got in the late 90s. But does it shift to horror somewhere along the way?
Also, what exactly is happening here? This is either a plot too convoluted to explain confidently in a trailer, or Alex Kurtzman and the brain trust behind the Universal shared universe just remade X:Men Apocalypse or something. Perhaps Russell Crowe, who pops up here as Dr. Jekyll, can balance things out. His part felt more subdued, more ominous, less concerned with all that running and stunt work.
Which I personally love. Tom Cruise doing his thing is fun as hell. But can’t we just try something different here? Something with, you know, horror infused? I knew this new Universal universe was going to lean towards action, and that felt like a bad call even when it was announced. This has all the stink on it of a failed summer blockbuster.
Who knows… maybe Cruise and Sofia Botella, who plays Ahmanet the mummy, can make The Mummy work. It opens June 9.