Universal adding two more monster movies to Dark Universe slate

Rated PG-13 for violence, action and scary images, and for some suggestive content and partial nudity.

"Welcome to a new world of gods and monsters".

Alongside Cruise, the movie cast includes Russell Crowe, Sofia Boutella, Courtney B. Vance, Annabelle Wallis, and Jake Johnson. At this point can we even trust that Universal will follow through with its latest plans?

The Mummy had been a Hollywood horror film staple since Boris Karloff got all wrapped up in those burial linens back in 1932.

For the first time, The Mummy will be played by a woman.

Mission: Impossible, Edge of Tomorrow, even the Jack Reacher sequel ... the last time Tom Cruise opened below $50 million with a flop was 2012's Rock of Ages and he stopped making films like that.

If you were looking to unearth something better than that, you'll be disappointed. Cruise plays Nick Morton, a fearless, foolish soldier of fortune who, along with his buddy Chris (Jake Johnson), scours the Middle East looking for antiquities to loot and sell on the black market.

It is in the pursuit of that not-so-righteous interest that Nick has taken advantage of Jenny Halsey ("King Arthur", "Peaky Blinders"), a lovely British officer of Cultural Heritage. He said: "He's kind of naughty, Nick, a little bit".

In the present day, a skilled but crafty army sergeant Nick Morton dabbles in illegal sales of ancient artifacts with his accomplice Chris Vail. But don't assume The Mummy will just roll over and go into its tomb quietly just because of some bad press.

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To show the tools off, Apple invited Wingnut AR, the company formed by "Lord of the Rings" director Peter Jackson, on stage. Apple's entry could change this, as it did for digital-music sales, with iTunes, or the smartphone market with the iPhone .

What we are anxious about: The director of The Mummy, Alex Kurtzman, has only one feature film directing credit to his name in the form of People Like Us.

Nick is later introduced to Dr. Jekyll, the head of the secret organization in London known as Prodigium that is protecting the world from supernatural evil. I'm still not convinced that this is an entirely bad idea; I'd actually love to see a straightforward Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde adaptation starring Russell Crowe. So, too, may those thirsting for a classic slice of monster-based horror. He's somebody who's a thief, an interesting character.

We talked to Cruise as he was doing worldwide press for his latest blockbuster, trotting the globe to talk to journalists and fans alike.

The story: Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) is a soldier and treasure hunter (think Indiana Jones meets the men from 2001's Black Hawk Down). He brings his typical star power to the proceedings - and gets a few really good laugh lines along the way. The script was written by Prometheus and Pacific Rim screenwriter Jon Spaihts.

Speaking of direction, Kurtzman's is solid. 61 reviews have been collected so far and only 16 people like it.

And the action is fun, especially when Ahmanet is kicking the tar out of Nick, which happens now and then. It has to reboot the popular older series of "Mummy" films from the '90s and early 2000s, it has to (hopefully) launch a new franchise, as well as the Dark Universe, and it has to be a Tom Cruise vehicle.

"Everywhere you can expect the scene to go, we would stretch it and bring completely the opposite", Boutella continues.

Rating (of four): 2.5.

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