By Mica Wilhite
Another universe has been revived. “The Mummy” introduces Universal monster fans to the Dark Universe film franchise by releasing a summer blockbuster hopeful with two of Hollywood’s best opening weekend bets.
Unfortunately for Universal, their film starring Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe has not received the lavish reviews DC’s Extended Universe “Wonder Woman” did last week or the ongoing praise Marvel’s Cinematic Universe has enjoyed since its release of “Iron Man” in 2008.
Nevertheless, there are some reasons summer filmgoers might want to keep “The Mummy” on their See-It-in-the-Theater List rather than on their Wait-For-the-DVD List.
First, what Crowe said about Sofia Boutella, who plays the ancient Egyptian goddess and mummy Ahmanet, is true: she can do “some amazing things with her body.” The former Algerian-French gymnast might be a familiar face from the 2015’s “Kingsman: The Secret Service” but probably less so as Jaylah in last year’s “Star Trek Beyond.” Both were notable performances that have rightly propelled Boutella’s career to this point.
And for those eager for the next Dark Universe release of “Bride of Frankenstein,” which is scheduled for release on Valentine’s Day 2019, Crowe’s role as Dr. Henry Jekyll and Dr. Edward Hyde will be noteworthy because he is the leader of Prodigium, a “mysterious, multi-national organization” whose mission it is to pinpoint evil and try to neutralize it. Jekyll & Hyde is “the central character behind all the events” of “The Mummy” and Prodigium will connect all ten of the now planned Dark Universe franchise films.
“The Mummy” (120 minutes) is showing at the Marshall Cinema with a PG-13 rating for violence, action and suggestive content. Call (903) 935-5662 or visit www.Jimplecute1848. com for a full list of show times. Then plan to see it for a classic summer monster movie experience.
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