Sunday, December 4, 2016

Trailer Review: THE MUMMY (2017)

The first trailer for Universal Studios' upcoming monster movie reboot, The Mummy, has officially hit the web, and The Merc is here to give you his thoughts.  You can check out the synopsis, trailer, and review below.

Thought to be safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen (Sofia Boutella) 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.

As a huge fan of the Universal monster movies, I have to say, I was pretty excited to hear that they were planning to create their own cinematic universe.  Seeing Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolfman, The Mummy, and all the other famous creatures share the screen sounds like an amazing idea. So, naturally, when it was announced that a new rendition of The Mummy was on the way, I was instantly intrigued.  Then I heard that Tom Cruise would star opposite a female Mummy, in an action/horror film...what more could I ask for!

This first trailer did exactly what it needed gave us a sense of the tone (which seems a bit action heavy with some great bits of horror throughout), introduced us to Tom Cruise's character, Nick Morton (who may or may not be something supernatural himself), showed us Princess Ahmanet, and even introduced us to another famous character, Dr. Henry Jeckyl, being played by the fantastic Russell Crowe.  It seems as he will help to serve as the link to the wider universe in this film.

The trailer showed some cool action, even though the first half was spent in an airplane with people spinning around, hoping not to die.  But my favorite shot in the first half is when the birds come crashing through the cockpit windows, killing the pilots and causing the plane to go down.  This gave the perfect sense of horror, meshing well with the action.

Then in the second half of the trailer we see Tom Cruise miraculously awake in a body bag without a scratch on him.  Obviously, as I said before, he is most likely some sort of supernatural being.  What exactly is yet to be known, but it made me more excited for this film.  We also saw the Mummy a.k.a. Princess Ahmanet, played by the beautiful Sofia Boutella, in action, causing some destruction. But the image of her pupils splitting has to be one of the coolest parts, and shows that she's more than just a Princess brought back from the dead.

As a first trailer for the first film in Universal's new monster cinematic universe, I think they did a pretty damn good job at conveying tone and introducing us to key players.  This is one film that I can't wait to see.

The Mummy hits theaters on June 9, 2017.

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