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- Directed by Alex Kurtzman.
- Produced by Alex Kurtzman, Chris Morgan, Sean Daniel, and Sarah Bradshaw.
- Screenplay by David Koepp, Christopher McQuarrie, and Dylan Kussman.
- Story by Jon Spaihts, Alex Kurtzman, and Jenny Lumet.
- Starring Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella, Jay Johnson, Courtney B Vance, and Russell Crowe.
- Companies Dark Universe, Perfect World Pictures, K/O Paper Products, Sean Daniel Company.
- Distributed by Universal Pictures.
- Release date for the film May 22, 2017 (State Theatre), and June 9, 2017 (United States of America).
- Running Time is 110 minutes
- Language Is English
- Budget $125 million-$195 million
- Box Office Success $405 million Worldwide.
What Is This Movie about?
The mummy is a 2017 American action-adventure film that is directed by Alex Kurtzman and it is a reboot of the Mummy franchise. This movie in itself actually premier at the State Theatre located in Sydney Australia on May 22, 2017. Now here is the hurtful thing about this bill it did receive negative reviews from critics however it did grossed over $405 million worldwide, so you tell me wasn’t a bad movie I don’t think so. They say it was labeled as a box office disappointment and that is because of the high production and marketing costs, with projected losses of around $95 million on this film alone.
Let’s Talk about the Synopsis of the Movie
In 1127 A.D., several English crusader knights bury an Egyptian ruby within the tomb of one of their number. In present-day London, a construction crew discovers the tomb and a mysterious man is authorized to investigate the site.
In a flashback to the New Kingdom era, Princess Ahmanet is first in line to succeed her father Menehptre until his second wife gives birth to a son. Determined to claim the throne for herself, Ahmanet sells her soul to the Egyptian god Set, who agrees to help her if she uses a dagger to transfer his spirit into a corporeal form. After killing her family, Ahmanet attempts to sacrifice her lover to Set but is captured by her father’s priests and condemned to be mummified alive for eternity. Her sarcophagus is buried in Mesopotamia and submerged in a pool of mercury so that her monstrous form will not escape.
In present-day Iraq, soldier-of-fortune Nick Morton and his partner Chris Vail accidentally discover the tomb of Ahmanet after staging an airstrike on an insurgent stronghold. Jenny Halsey, an archaeologist who had a one-night stand with Nick, arrives and investigates the tomb, correctly concluding that it is a prison. After extracting Ahmanet’s sarcophagus from a pool of mercury, Nick’s superior, Colonel Greenway, places the sarcophagus on a transport plane headed to England. During the flight, Vail becomes possessed by Ahmanet’s power after being bitten by a camel spider while inside the tomb. After attempting to open the sarcophagus, he stabs Greenway and tries to attack the group, forcing Nick to shoot him dead. A huge murder of crows then assault the plane, causing it to crash and kill everyone on board except for Jenny, who is parachuted off the plane by Nick.
Nick awakens a day later in a morgue in Oxford, and learns from Vail’s ghost that he has been cursed by Ahmanet, who seeks to use him as a replacement vessel for Set. Ahmanet’s mummy escapes from the sarcophagus and begins feeding on rescue workers to regenerate her decomposed body. Turning the workers into zombie minions, she lures Nick and Jenny into a trap, forcing the two to fight off the minions as they unsuccessfully try to escape. Ahmanet also recovers the blade of the Dagger of Set from a reliquary in a nearby church. At the last second, unknown soldiers appear and subdue Ahmanet. Their leader, Dr. Henry Jekyll, explains that Jenny is an agent of Prodigium, a secret society dedicated to hunting supernatural threats. He confirms that Nick was cursed when he unlocked Ahmanet’s tomb and reveals his intention to complete her ritual and allow Set to possess Nick in order to destroy Set and end his evil forever.
Meanwhile, Ahmanet summons a scarab beetle to possess a Prodigium technician and frees herself from captivity, wreaking havoc, death, and destruction in the process. Jekyll is also seen to be succumbing to his own dark impulses and transforms into Edward Hyde, his murderous and psychotic alternate personality while Ahmanet wrecks havoc outside unknownst to them. And when Nick rebuffs Hyde’s offer of an alliance between them, Hyde attacks him. Nick manages to stop him with the serum Jekyll uses to suppress his evil side. He and Jenny then escape from Prodigium while Ahmanet steals back the dagger, summons an army of deceased English crusaders to serve her, and creates a massive sandstorm that ravages London. The undead knights slaughter the Prodigium soldiers in the tomb, allowing Ahmanet to recover the ruby and set it in the dagger’s pommel, granting her all she needs to free Set.
Guided by Vail, Nick and Jenny flee into the London Underground tunnels, but are attacked by Ahmanet’s minions. Ahmanet captures Jenny and drowns her, hoping to break her hold over Nick. Nick puts up a fight, but gives up and let’s himself embrace Ahmanet, using it as a ruse to steal the dagger and tries to destroy the ruby. However, he sees the lifeless Jenny and bets on stabbing himself. His body is possessed by Set, who proceeds to join Ahmanet to uphold his end of the bargain until he sees Jenny’s dead body, at which point Nick regains control and uses Set’s powers to overpower and suck the life out of Ahmanet, turning her back into a shriveled mummy. Nick harnesses Set’s powers to resurrect Jenny, saying goodbye before becoming overwhelmed by Set’s power and disappearing. Soon, Jenny regroups with Dr. Jekyll and they discuss if Nick, now fused with Set, will be good or evil. Ahmanet’s corpse is lowered into a locked pool of mercury within the Prodigium base for safekeeping. Later on in the desert, Nick resurrects Vail, and the two set out on an adventure.
The Production of the Mummy
Let’s talk about the production of this movie!
As we all know Universal Pictures as plan to do a modern reboot of most of their Universal Monster Characters with them in a modern setting. These particular projects will go through multiple directors and this one was no exception to the rule. Len Wiseman eventually left the project in 2013 and a second director, Andrés Muschietti in 2014 until they finally got Alex Kurtzman to do the job.
Tom Cruise and the Demise of This Movie!
It seems that Tom Cruise began talks about playing the lead role in this bill back in November 2015. Along with Sofia Boutella she as well began talking back in December. Alex Kurtzman did in fact cast Sofia after seeing and was very impressed by her largely mute performance in the movie Kingsman: the Secret Service. One thing that Alex Kurtzman noticed was her eyes “if you look at her eyes, and this is what I got from watching Kingsman, there’s a whole performance going on here. And in not saying anything, but conveying that much to me, I thought oh my God, no matter how much prosthetics we put on her, no matter how much CG we put on her face, if I see this, she’s going to convey something very emotional to me.”
Other castings that happen after a while it was announced in between March and May that Russell Crowe would be joining the movie. Here is where I think the movie failed is when according to Variety they reported that Tom Cruise had excessive control over the film and firm control over nearly every aspect of the production and post-production, this also included actually rewriting the script and editing to his specifications, he one is for to even tell Alex Kurtzman how to actually direct on the set, and enlarging his role while downplaying Boutella’s role. Unfortunately Universal Pictures contractually granted Tom Cruise control of most aspects of the project, from script approval to post-production decisions. Now why they did that is beyond me but honestly this is where I think the film failed because they left him in control and they should’ve never done that. I think if Alex Kerman had total control this film possibly could have done better and at the same time could’ve been a completely different version altogether.
Let’s Talk a Little Bit on the Filming
During principal photography which began on April 3, 2016, in Oxford, United Kingdom, and also took place in Surrey. The filming of the movie did finally wrap up in July 17, 2016. Its last location was in London. Then the production actually moved to Namibia and natural connection two weeks along with principal photography on the film was finally completed on August 13, 2016.
Let’s Talk about the Actual Release of the Film
As we know the film was released in the United States and Canada on June 9, 2017 and the film was screened in various formats such as 2-D, 3-D, and IMAX 3-D.
Here are some interesting trivia based on this movie it was on December 20, 2016 that IMAX released a trailer with the wrong audio track attached to it. This unintentionally prompt the creation of memes and video montages that would feature the mistakenly included audio track. Which in fact was missing most of the sound effects and it did feature Tom cruises grunts and screams. It was then that IMAX reacted by taking down the trailer and issuing a DMCA takedown notice in the attempt to actually stop it from spreading.
On another keynote on May 22, 2017 when the Manchester arena bombing occurred universal did in fact cancel the films UK premiere which had been scheduled to take place in London on June 1, 2017.
To further elaborate on the success of this movie it was on August 14, 2017 that The Mummy did in fact rose $80.1 million in the United States and Canada. It also grossed $325.3 million in other territories around the world making it a total gross of $405.4 million worldwide. However I guess the combined production and advertising budget of around $345 million (that’s how much this movie cost are they crazy it must be totally CGI and that is where your cost comes in) the film had a worldwide opening of $172.4 million and this is the biggest global debut for a Tom Cruise film.