Director: Alex Kurtzman
Writer: David Koepp (screenplay), Christopher McQuarrie
Stars: Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis
Runtime: 1h 50min
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Released: 09 June 2017
Summary: Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess, whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.
In 1127 A.D., a group of English crusader knights capture a gem from ancient Egypt and bury it with them in death. In present-day London, a construction crew discover the knights’ tomb, and a mysterious man is authorized to investigate the uncovered findings inside the site. In a flashback, the hieroglyphics on a circular mural, which date back to the New Kingdom era, tell the story of Princess Ahmanet. She is first in line to succeed her father Pharaoh Menehptre, only to be stripped of her birthright when his second wife gives birth to a son. Determined to claim the throne for herself, Ahmanet sells her soul to the god Set, who gives her a special dagger to transfer his spirit into a corporeal form. After murdering her family, Ahmanet attempts to sacrifice her lover to give Set physical form, but her father’s priests slay him and mummify Ahmanet, sentencing her to be buried alive for eternity inside a sarcophagus.
In present-day Iraq, soldier-of-fortune Nick Morton and his partner, Chris Vail, accidentally discover the tomb of Ahmanet after staging an airstrike on an insurgent stronghold. Jenny Halsey, an archeologist and former lover of Nick’s, arrives and investigates the tomb, correctly concluding that it is a prison. After extracting Ahmanet’s sarcophagus from a pool of mercury, Nick’s superior, Colonel Greenway, places the sarcophagus on a transport plane, headed to England.
During the flight, Vail becomes possessed by Ahmanet’s power after being bitten by a camel spider while inside the tomb. After attempting to open the sarcophagus, he stabs Greenway and attacks the group before Nick feels forced to shoot him dead. A huge wave of crows then assault the plane, causing it to crash and kill everyone on board except for Jenny, who is parachuted off the plane by Nick.