Tom Cruise hopes to rival Marvel's mega movie franchises

Tom Cruise hopes to rival Marvel's mega movie franchises

Universal Pictures sets to start a brand new franchise called "Dark Universe", beginning with the action adventure film remake, "The Mummy".

"The Mummy" is the first of the series and has all of the feeling and depth of a trailer that's been extended to 107 minutes.

Will you leave the theater dying for the next installment of the Dark Universe, with "Bride of Frankenstein" announced for 2019 and future movies planned classic characters including the Creature From the Black Lagoon, Dracula, Van Helsing and The Invisible Man?

Aside from "The Mummy", "Bride of Frankenstein" is the only planned movie to be dated thus far, to be released on February 14, 2019.

But even scrappy rodents powered by centuries of evil can't save the movie from a bad script, muddy cinematography, and mostly uninspired special effects. Or something else entirely?

Though not all of his films have been great, there is not an actor on Earth who works harder to entertain his audiences than Tom Cruise.

Nick and his military sidekick Chris (Jake Johnson from "The New Girl") are soon joined by an archeologist (played by Annabelle Wallis from the horror film, "Annabelle") and quickly organize an effort to fly the sarcophagus out of Iraq. Those movies, however, were a lot more colorful than a soulless exercise like "The Mummy" - and offered less reason to start shuffling toward the exit.

If you are anything like me, you loved 1999's The Mummy starring Brendan Fraser (School Ties; Gods and Monsters) and Rachel Weisz (The Bourne Legacy). Russell Crowe also makes an appearance as Dr. Henry Jekyll (yup, THAT Dr. Jekyll) in a performance that is equal parts schlocky and entertaining.

The movie also stars Sofia Boutella, who plays the role of Princess Ahmanet, otherwise known as The Mummy. Just a few among the seeds planted in this weekend's big wide release: Who is involved in Prodigium, the monster-tracking organization at the heart of its new Dark Universe? Cruise, as game a star as there ever was, runs and quips and smiles and does all the things you want Cruise to do in a blockbuster.

"You can't prepare for it and it's quite unnerving because Tom had never done anything like that before, the stunt team had never done it", she adds, "so it was awesome to go into an action sequence with the biggest action star in the world and for him to do it for the first time with me". Even veteran action star Tom Cruise can't save it from itself.

Next up we chatted to Annabelle Wallis, who you might know best from playing Grace Brugess in Peaky Blinders.

The action sequences are decent (an early plane crash sequence and one underwater chase involving swimming zombies are especially memorable), and there are some cheap scares here and there, but in the end, the two A-listers are the bandages that hold this flimsy Mummy together.



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