Connect with us

The Drill Down

‘The Mummy’ Had The Potential To Be Amazing If They Had Only Hired Sofia Boutella

Updated

on

Universal Picture’s The Mummy was an overall flop in 2017. Though it raked in over $80 million in the box office, it received almost universal criticism from both fans and critics. With a 15% Tomatometer score and 35% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, this movie is one no one wants to watch again. However, there’s a chance the movie could have been spectacular if it had actually starred Sofia Boutella as its namesake Ahmanet, “The Mummy.”

Why The Mummy Was Not A Fan Favorite

The Mummy was highly criticized by fans for its overall poor execution and writing. Many felt that the movie lacked substance, and performances by stars like Tom Cruise and Rossell Crowe were subpar at best.

The movie did particular injustice to Sofia Boutella, whose character needed a husband to claim her rightful power rather than being depicted as a strong feminine lead. It also focused on Sofia’s partially nude body, rather than her superb acting, for the few times she actually was on screen.

Ahmanet Is The Strong Female Lead Hollywood Needed, But Didn’t Get

Though the film didn’t do her justice, Boutella’s performance as Ahmanet was phenomenal. It was the one redeeming quality of the movie, which unfortunately didn’t feature Ahmanet much despite being named after the character.

Ahmanet, a capable ruler and heir to the Pharaoh of Egypt, loses her birthright when her father has a son. Ahmanet refuses to give up her power so easily and makes a pact with the gods to earn back her throne. A film about Ahmanet’s struggle for power in a patriarchal society would have made for a well-developed and intriguing plotline. However, Universal glossed over the true Egyptian lore and instead and made a subpar film simply to set up another franchise.

Why Didn’t Universal Make The Mummy About Ahmanet?

Rumors spread that Tom Cruise’s input, along with his bigger name, played a part in cutting back Boutella’s screen time and the lessening of Ahmanet’s role in the film. This was undoubtedly a poor decision on the producer’s part, as it did not pay off.

Fans would have loved a story about the powerful princess Ahmanet who uses magic and cunning to win back her throne. We can only hope the next reboot of this story is better than the most recent.

The Drill Down

The Critics Have Spoken: The 25 Worst TV Shows Ever To Hit The Small Screen

Despite best efforts, not every TV show is going to be the next Game of Thrones. And after reading through the critics reviews of these 25 TV shows, we think we’ve found the worst of the bunch. And if a favorite of yours happens to have made its way in, we apologize in advance, but the ratings and reviews have spoken.

Published

on

Continue Reading

The Drill Down

The Most Talented Rock Bands in History, Ranked

The influence rock n’ roll has had on the world since its inception in the ‘50s is without question. Not only has it dramatically transformed the music scene, but is has also left its mark on general cultural norms, human behavior, and fashion. But which is the most influential rock band of all, and which band is the greatest? Read on to see our ranked list of the best rock bands in history.

Published

on

Continue Reading

The Drill Down

Why Fans Are Suddenly Worried About Hayden Panettiere

Celebrity fans today are like no other. Thanks to social media, tabloids, and paparazzi, there seems to always be a way to connect with stars and keep tabs on their every move. Sometimes it's a good thing, but other times it can be harmful. One product of this trend of increased insight into stars' lives is that fans take notice...

Published

on

Continue Reading