To launch their new Dark Universe franchise, Universal has taken an approach that mixes murky visuals with exaggerated action. It's certainly nothing like the involving classic monster movies they're trying to reignite, such as the 1932 Boris Karloff classic The Mummy. But this movie has more in common with Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible and Jack Reacher blockbusters, with added swimming zombies.
Cruise plays Nick, an American army officer and mercenary who with his cohort Vail (Jake Johnson) has just located a long-lost burial site deep in Daesh-controlled Iraq. Somehow, the hot archaeologist Jenny (Annabelle Wallis) arrives immediately to stop him from plundering this tomb. It turns out that the sarcophagus contains the remains of ancient Egyptian Princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella), who was mummified alive for making a pact with the evil god Set and then murdering her father and brother. Now transported to London, she returns to life with a vengeance, casting a spell on Nick to help reassemble Set's dagger and finish her nefarious plan. So Jenny turns to her deeply unstable boss Henry Jekyll (Russell Crowe) for help.
There's rather a lot of mythology building going on here, setting things up for the further adventures of Jekyll's secret society, which is trying to deal with ancient evil like a mash-up of Men in Black and Night at the Museum. Without the humour. There are some throwaway gags here and there, but director Alex Kurtzman stages everything with a gloomy sense of foreboding that simply never gains traction. The thin plot seems constructed merely to connect a series of enormous action set-pieces, which are all very well choreographed but never remotely exciting. It doesn't help that everything on-screen has been extravagantly over-designed, with cavernous sets that have been made deliberately dark and sooty. But this leaves the entire movie feeling artificial, random mayhem in fake places.
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The actress will be playing an Egyptian princess in Universal's latest reboot of 'The Mummy'.
Universal will bring 'The Mummy' back to the big screen later this year with yet another reboot, bringing 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' and 'Star Trek Beyond' breakout star Sofia Boutella to the franchise as the villainous Egyptian princess, Ahmanet. Once promised to become the next ruler of Egypt, she was betrayed by her own father who then had a son and chose him to skip to the front of the line for the throne, becoming the Pharaoh and forcing Ahmanet into a lifetime of darkness.
Sofia Boutella plays the villain in the new 'The Mummy' movie
Though Ahmanet was thought to be safely entombed forevermore in a crypt deep beneath the desert, the ancient princess is awakened in the modern day and brings with her a malevolence that has been brewing for eternity.
This is where the Star Trek franchise officially shifts from thoughtful drama into thunderous action. Fast & Furious director Justin Lin brings a kinetic energy to this third chapter in the rebooted space saga, leaping between chases and battles to keep viewers on the edge of their seats. Combined with constant witty interaction, the film is massively entertaining, even if the plot ultimately feels a bit thin.
It's been three years since the crew of the Enterprise started their five-year mission, and they're in need of a break. So they head to the nearest spaceport for some down-time, which is soon interrupted when Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and his team (Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho and Anton Yelchin) are called to travel through a dangerous nebula to rescue a kidnapped crew from a villainous thug called Krall (Idris Elba). On arrival, the Enterprise is overwhelmed by Krall's bee-like military swarm. Stranded on a strange planet, the crew teams up with Jaylah (Sofia Boutella), a feisty survivor of one of Krall's earlier attacks. And as they realise the extent of Krall's evil plan, they're not sure that they can stop him.
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When the Starship Enterprise finds itself under forceful attack, the crew on board fight to their best ability but it's not enough. The unstoppable wave of aliens constantly bombarding the ship means that the crew must accept defeat and flee to an unknown planet. Given the crew were deep into a five year mission, their location to the rest of the Federation is unknown and a rescue mission is going to be far from easy.
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Trekkies around the world rejoice! Star Trek Beyond will be upon us next year. The USS Enterprise crew are once again put in a perilous situation when the Enterprise is left beyond repair. The crew of one of the most famous spaceships in the universe are brought face to face with a breed of deadly alien who are committed to destroy the peace loving United Federation of Planets.
Stuck on an unfamiliar planet the crew are constantly under attack from their new enemy. They must formulate a plan to save themselves and their friends from destruction.
Star Trek Beyond is the third film from the recent Star Trek revival and was directed by Justin Lin. As well as starring in the film as Scotty, Simon Pegg also acted as one of the lead writers on the movie.
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