Peaky Blinders star laughs it up with Cruise on Mummy

Following 1923's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", Universal cranked out such early thrills as "The Phantom of the Opera", "Dracula", "The Mummy", "The Invisible Man", "Bride of Frankenstein", "The Wolf Man" and "The Creature from the Black Lagoon". A new musical theme for the "Dark Universe", composed by Danny Elfman, will debut in theaters ahead of "The Mummy". These guys know how to deliver a finished product, but you can tell the movie definitely suffers from having too many cooks in the kitchen. Or something else entirely?

Critics have been happy to pile on it, with some even suggesting it might be the worst film of Cruise's career, though those people might want to take another look at his legendarily terrible 1988 clunker Cocktail. Jake Johnson is wasted as the comic sidekick and Annabelle Wallis seems to only be in this movie so that there's a damsel in distress for our heroes to rescue. One critic went so far as to call it "the worst Tom Cruise movie ever". Jekyll and Hyde are in The Mummy for. some reason.Russell Crowe plays Dr. Jekyll in the film, and since the odd tale of Jekyll and Hyde doesn't exactly sync up with the Mummy franchise as we know it, it's OK to be confused. Take a look at Episode 6 of The JOE Show - Ireland's first social chat show - featuring live studio guests Otherkin, the stars of Baywatch and The Mummy, there's music from Pine The Pilcrow, crackin' new comedy from Shifts, and Kymann Power and Joe Gorman bust some sexy moves with the Lords Of Strut. There, Jekyll (Russell Crowe) loses control and turns into Mr. Hyde.

The movie also stars Sofia Boutella, who plays the role of Princess Ahmanet, otherwise known as The Mummy. The DU is the movie industry's latest attempt to create an expansive series of linked films, a la the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the DC Expanded Universe and, most recently, the MonsterVerse - inhabited by Godzilla, King Kong and, at some point in the near future, others.

Directed by Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek, Now You See Me), its story begins 2,000 years ago.

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Nothing quite comes together in this insane mix of action, jokes, ancient curses and the undead, and even Tom Cruise's star power can't glue the thing together. The only character who has some sort of arc going is Princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella), but her main goal is to just have sex with Tom Cruise's Nick Morton (it doesn't bode well when the first word used to describe her is "beautiful").

How do you think The Mummy will fare at the box office?

At the end of the day, though, this is a Tom Cruise movie, and Cruise is an asset.

So, are you planning to see Tom Cruise in The Mummy this weekend?

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