This weekend, one of the films I have most anticipated for this entire year opens, and sadly, it looks to not be projecting very well: The Mummy is expected to bring in $30-35 million, much more internationally; if it fails to open at that level, it could jeopardize the entire Universal Dark Universe reboot (and they have just added two new monsters: in addition to Van Helsing, Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Wolf Man, Creature from the Black Lagoon and the Invisible Man, they announced remakes for The Hunchback Of Notre Dame and Phantom Of the Opera; it has also starting circulating that a "collaborative film" with all of them together is not on the table). Here are the topics upon which we need to focus during the film: first, Tom Cruise's Nick Morton.
|This is at least the third morgue scene we have encountered recently, the other two being in Baywatch (please see Baywatch: Toxic Masculinity, Toxic Femininity for more) and John Wick Chapter 2 (when Wick has been taken to meet the Bowery King and has gotten his wounds sewn up and he's on the table with the two dead janitors who had tried to kill him). Nick's last name, "Morton," is interesting, because it comes from the Latin for "death," and since Prodigium itself is Latin (meaning "wonder" or "great sign,"), we know that we are on the right track seeing Nick as a "face of death" himself. In other words, Nick Morton is right at home in the morgue because (somehow, I don't know how yet) Nick has been "dead" his whole life, and that is something we will have to look for when we see the film. What about "Nick?" Nick probably means "Nicholas," which is "victory of the people," and maybe it means that in the film, however, there is also the possibility that "Nick" refers to a "nick," like when you are shaving and cut yourself, or you nick a piece of furniture. We'll have to see. We know that Nick dies, but then he is resurrected, but he's not resurrected in Christ, he is, rather, resurrected in the Curse, but I don't know how that happens in the film at this point. So, issues and the boundary of life and death, are going to be imperative, because it's not really biological life, rather, political life, or political death (remember, Ahmanet kills to gain power over her country, so this is a political film) but there is also spiritual death and spiritual life; who gains life, who loses it?|
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