Sunday, June 11, 2017

TOM CRUISE'S NEW VERSION OF THE MUMMY STAYS ASLEEP

Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis in 2017's The Mummy
Since The Mummy first lurched onto the screen in 1908 there have been more than 40 film versions of the story, some good, some bad, some so-so. But probably the best was 1932's hit which starred Boris Karloff  as the Egyptian priest Imhotep returning to life and looking for his love, who he believes has been reincarnated as a Cairo woman named Helen. 
  Among Imhotep's many great pickup lines was the classic, "My love has lasted longer than the temples of our gods."
Boris Karloff as The Mummy
   Sadly the latest version, starring Tom Cruise as a soldier of fortune who accidentally unearths Ahmanet, a betrayed Egyptian princess who was entombed under the desert for thousands of years, has no great lines and little to commend it. It has received abysmal reviews and critics have called it the worst movie of Tom Cruise's career.  Audiences have agreed and are staying away in droves leading to the unavoidable conclusion that Cruise's drawing power has dimmed considerably. While his track record is not disastrous, his movies are not raking it in the way they used to. In fact since War of the Worlds was released in 2005 only one of his non-Mission Impossible titles---2014's The Edge of Tomorrow--- has managed to cross the $100 million mark in the U.S., and that just barely.
  While Cruise is preparing for a new version of Top Gun---a remake no one is clamouring to see---- Universal Studios executives will doubtless be pondering on the fact that the Mummy, which cost hundreds of millions of dollars to make, has failed in its mission to stir excitement and anticipation for the studio's coming cavalcade of monster movie remakes such as The Bride of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man and The Creature from the Black Lagoon.

 

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