There’s life in the undead yet. This is especially true of mummies who’ve been a staple of film history for more than a century. Universal Studios has long been involved in the horror genre, with its embalmed bodies, Draculas and Frankensteins. The Mummy is the first movie in a whole series of reboots reviving its monster series. Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe star in this exciting action adventure about princess Ahmanet, who wakes ill-humoredly in her desert tomb.
Almost four decades have passed since Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley struggled with an extraterrestrial creature. Ridley Scott’s cult classic “Alien” has spawned six sequels, the latest being Alien: Covenant. Weaver is not part of it, but Michael Fassbender is astonishing in his dual performance as androids David and Walter. The sci-fi thriller is set in 2104 and tells of a spaceship crew on their flight to a distant planet, which they are to colonize. On the way, they receive a signal containing the song “Take Me Home, Country Roads”. Its source is an unknown celestial body. Should they probe into it?
In the highly imaginative action adventure Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) seeks the trident of Poseidon. Thanks to an estimated budget of $230 million, everything is dished up that fans appreciated in the previous four installments. This time, Jack’s opponent is a Spanish pirate hunter (Oscar winner Javier Bardem), who is plotting for revenge. And he’s undead to boot.