Over the weekend, Universal Pictures released the second theatrical trailer for their upcoming Summer blockbuster The Mummy (2017).
The Mummy opens with Nick Morton (play by Tom Cruise) as he discovers the tomb of a forgotten queen of Egypt, Ahmanet (played by Sofia Boutella). Ahmanet rose to power after killing the Pharaoh, seizing his throne in the process. The queen’s thirst for power in ancient Egypt would eventually cost her leaving her imprisoned within a tomb and erased from history. Forgotten by time, Ahmanet spends millennia trapped with malice and contempt building within her until Morton releases her from the confines of her tomb. Once released, she begins to remake the world in her own image, destroying everything in her path. The question is, will Morton accept the mission?
Unlike the quirky 1999 original staring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz, the rebooted addition to the franchise, The Mummy appears to more closely resemble the cannon of the Mission Impossible movies, a possible cause of which may be Cruise taking up the staring role in both. What ever the reason for the change the direction, the 2017 reboot of The Mummy features significantly more action, more Michael-Bay-esque explosions and more of Tom Cruise’s deadpan acting. And although that is sure to offer a action-packed good time, it is unlikely to make the kind of lasting impression the original did almost two decades ago.