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The Mummy (2017)

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Released:  Friday, June 9, 2017  
Length:  107 minutes
Studio: Universal Pictures
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Action/Adventure
Rating: The Mummy is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of AmericaSome material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

Synopsis

Tom Cruise headlines a spectacular, all-new cinematic version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization: The Mummy. 

Thought safely entombed in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension. 

From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters. 

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Could Universal's Dark Universe Be Reaching an Early Grave?  11/10/2017 2:10 PM EST
It has been reported that Universal's Dark Universe Franchise, which was launched with The Mummy, has been shut down. While there is no official confirmation about this news, the other films in the franchise have seemed to have lost steam. Along with The Mummy, the Dark Universe films were to include Bride Of Frankenstein, Wolf Man, The Invisible Man and a Creature From The Black Lagoon film.Thing...  More>>

UK Mummy Premier Canceled in Wake of Manchester Bombing  5/25/2017 11:34 AM EST
The UK premier for The Mummy has been canceled, following the attack that occurred in Manchester on Monday. "All of us at Universal have been devastated by the terror attack in Manchester and continue to stand with the community and country as it recovers. Out of respect to those affected by this tragedy we have decided not to move forward with the London premiere for The Mummy scheduled to take p...  More>>

Universal Begins New Dark Universe Series with The Mummy  5/22/2017 3:02 PM EST
Universal Pictures has announced that they will be releasing a new series of films that will be called the "Dark Universe".  The series of films will begin with the release of The Mummy, which is heading to theaters on June 9, and will continue with the relaunching of Universal's other iconic monster characters."We take enormous pride in the creativity and passion that has inspired the reimagining...  More>>

Universal to Celebrate The Mummy with Special Event Day  5/12/2017 11:30 AM EST
On Saturday, May 20, Universal Pictures in conjunction with RealD, will be celebrating the upcoming release of The Mummy by declaring the day "The Mummy Day". To celebrate, they will be unveiling a 75-foot, 7-ton sarcophagus at Hollywood & Highland.  Tom Cruise will be on hand with director Alex Kurtzman, and co-stars Annabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella and Jake Johnson.The structure took two firms e...  More>>

The Mummy Filmmakers Discuss Tom Cruise's Zero Gravity Scene  3/29/2017 3:49 PM EST
Tom Cruise is known for being a consummate professional, so when we hear directors raving about his performances, we shouldn't ever be surprised.  Such is the case today, as "The Mummy" filmmakers (who were making a presentation at CinemaCon) spoke about a particularly grueling stint sequence that Cruise was involved in.There is a scene with a plane crash, and Cruise performed in an impressive 64 ...  More>>

New Mummy Film Could Star Female Lead  10/14/2015 11:53 AM EST
Universal will be launching a new "Mummy" to start their new monsters franchise, but this time, we could see a female lead in the film.Boris Karloff played the Mummy back in 1932, and in 1999, Arnold Vosloo took the lead.  Now, casting is open to either male or female. The studio has two different stories set up, one for male and one for female, just in case. Casting is scheduled to begin within t...  More>>

Total Recall Director, Len Wiseman, In Final Talks To Take Over ...  9/25/2012 10:13 AM EST
Len Wiseman has been set by Universal Pictures to direct "The Mummy", a reboot of the franchise which most recently spawned a trilogy earning around $1.25 billion.  The film will be written by Jon Spaihts and produced by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci through their Universal-based K/O Paper Products, alongside Sean Daniel and Jim Jacks. Daniel and Jacks produced the trilogy starring Brandon Fraser...  More>>

The Mummy To Get A Reboot  4/6/2012 2:36 PM EST
Thirteen years it seems is a long enough wait to reboot a movie these days, according to Universal Pictures any way. That's how long ago Stephen Sommers bought Imhotep back from his then sixty Seven years slumber in the Mummy. A movie that went on to spawn two follow up movies and make household names of the stars, Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz although the later did cut and run after the Mummy ...  More>>

Mummy 3 September 2007 Update  9/13/2007 10:57 AM EST
Maria Bello was recently interviewd by Sci Fi Wire at the Toronto Film Festival, where she was promoting her new film, The Jane Austen Book Club.  She spoke of her upcoming role in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emporor.Bello, who will be replacing Rachel Weisz in the film, says that the role of Evelyn Carnahan has changed. "She has the same name, but she's a very different character than Rachel pl...  More>>

Scorpion King Sequel In The Works  6/19/2007 2:25 PM EST
There is a sequel for "The Scorpion King" in the works, and it's reported that Russell Mulcahy will be the director. Mulcahy also directed Resident Evil: Extinction and Highlander.The Scorpion King was a spin-off from "The Mummy" movies series, which also has a sequel coming out next year. It starred Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and Kelly Hu.No word on casting or plot details for the movie....  More>>

Mummy Franchise To Be Reinvented With Brendan Fraser in 3rd Film  9/8/2006 10:40 AM EST
Brendan Fraser will reprise the role of Rick O'Connell from the popular "The Mummy" franchise. Details are scarce but the role will re-imagine the character in a "new setting" rumored to be away from the desert and the mummies curse.  Joe Johnston is signed to direct the film which is expected to start filming in 2007. Stephen Sommers direct "The Mummy" (1999) and "The Mummy Returns" 2001 - both b...  More>>


The Mummy 4K Ultra HD Review


In 1999, Universal remade one of their famous monster movies, The Mummy, for modern ages. It was a cross between a horror film, a goofy comedy, and an Indiana Jones film. While it was earmarked as a modestly budgeted film, it became one of the biggest box-office smashes of that year spawning two sequels, a spin-off series, and a theme park ride. Now, Universal is trying to recreate its success with the beginning of a new universe entitled The Dark Universe and the first film in its series, The Mummy.

This time around, The Mummy takes place in modern times starring box office star, Tom Cruise (Mission: Impossible Series). Cruise plays Sergeant Nick Morton, a U.S. Army reconnaissance officer who is stationed in the Middle East. During his time there, he and his sidekick, Corporal Chris Vail (Jake Johnson; Jurassic World) sideline as black market treasure hunters. During one of these "off-the-books" reconnaissance missions, Nick and Chris uncover a hidden tomb located in the heart of Iraq. 

During their exploration with archeologist Jenny Halsey (Annabelle Wallis; King Arthur: Legend of the Sword ), they discover an ancient tomb that contains the body of Ahmanet played Sofia Boutella (Atomic Blonde). They unwisely remove the tomb to send back to London and Dr. Henry Jekyll (Russell Crowe; The Nice Guys ) for further study. As you can imagine Ahmanet does not play along and all hell ensues.

While The Mummy 2017 is a very entertaining film, it lacks some the "fun factor" that was prevalent in the 1999 version and some of the story gets bogged down at times. However, none of the issues can be attributed to the casting. As with most of his films, Tom Cruise gives it his all. With a career starting in the 1980s, he has become one of the most charismatic and dedicated actors working in the industry and it certainly shows in The Mummy. His character (even with some of his unscrupulous ways) is funny, resourceful, and at the end of the day, you are rooting for him. Boutella gives another great performance to add to her resume as well giving us a great female villain. While her character was envisioned as just a female Imhotep, Boutella created a sexy, smart villain that is complex compared to the mummy of the first film. The rest of the supporting cast gave their all as well, creating memorable characters, that are not just fluff to the story but help drive along the plot.

The first Mummy reboot was helmed by a young director with very few films to his name, Stephen Sommers (Odd Thomas), and Universal, once again, chose someone new to the directorial world in Alex Kurtzman (People Like Us).  While Kurtzman has several writing and producing credits under his belt this is his first big scale Hollywood film as a director. Unfortunately, unlike last time, this seems to be the main reason the film didn't succeed the way people had hoped. While the actors gave superb performances, the direction did not fare so well. At times scenes felt choppy, rushed, and the large action pieces lacked any cohesive semblance. It was rumored that behind the scenes Cruise stepped in to help during editing to fix these problems and it is a scary thought what the film would have looked like without his expertise.

The Mummy's 4K UHD disc is presented in with 2160 lines of resolution with a 2.40:1 aspect ratio. As with most modern day film 4K releases, it looks amazing. The UHD color palette truly shines through during the Iraq desert scenes as well as providing a dark ominous look to the catacombs of London. The transfer also benefits from the film's use of real sets, providing the sharp details that sometimes can look fake when special effects are used with this format. Complimenting the amazing video presentation is a Dolby Atmos soundtrack that makes you feel like you are actually there with the actors in the film. The audio lets you hear every little detail from the sand whipping through the air in Iraq, to the wings of the birds hitting the aircraft during the films famous zero-g plane crash. The dialog is crisp, clear, and easy to understand.

Universal went all out with the special features for this rendition of The Mummy. As usual with most 4K releases, the special features can be found on the Blu-ray disc in the set. Aside from the Digital HD copy of these film these features include:

  • Cruise & Kurtzman: A Conversation - A sit-down talk with Tom Cruise and Director Alex Kurtzman
  • Cruise in Action - Cast and crew discuss the infamous lead of the film, Tom Cruise.
  • Nick Morton: In Search of a Soul  - Dive deeper into what makes Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) tick in the film.
  • Life In Zero-G: Creating the Plane Crash - A look into one of the films death defying stunts
  • Rooted in Reality - A look into how The Mummy used real sets instead of green screens.
  • Choreographed Chaos - Detail on the how the action was all put together in the final product.
  • Becoming Jekyll and Hyde - The placement of Dr. Jekyll was a nice surprise in the film. Now found out more about the character.
  • Meet Ahmanet  - Explore the ancient evil portrayed by Sofia Boutella
  • Ahmanet Reborn Animated Graphic Novel - An animated adventure with Sofia Boutella character
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes

While The Mummy (2017) was a disappointment box office wise, it still delivered all the elements of a summer blockbuster movie, a charismatic cast, spectacular sets,  and explosions — all contained in a slick package by director Alex Kurtzman.  Even though it falls short of its predecessor, it still is a fun ride and provides a solid foundation for the upcoming Dark Universe. Hopefully, the next installment in the universe, The Bride of Frankenstein, will be as much fun.

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