UMU tests out The Mummy Zero Gravity VR Experience in New York City.
The zero gravity sequence in Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy is already one of the most exciting and iconic of moments in the first chapter of the “Dark Universe.” This thrilling scene was one of the first moments teased when the first trailer for The Mummy was released back in December 2016. It was received very well and after debuting as a virtual reality experience at SXSW and in Los Angeles for “The Mummy Day,” it has now taken residence at The Shop at NBC Studios in New York City.
The Mummy Zero Gravity Stunt VR Experience began on Saturday, May 27th and will run until Sunday, June 11th at The Shop at NBC Studios (30 Rockefeller Plaza, NYC). Walk-ins are highly welcome.
In addition to The Mummy Zero Gravity VR Experience, Universal will also be bringing photo-ops with actual props from The Mummy and the chance to play a new title from Starbreeze Studios, The Mummy Prodigium Strike on StarVR. Players are cast in the role of a Prodigium Agent and are tasked with capturing the ancient Princess Ahmanet—while battling hordes of ravens, spiders and the undead. From ground battles to fighting out of a helicopter, players must protect their fellow agents as The Mummy grows in power, battling to the finish to capture her, or be her slave for eternity. The videogames’ exact availability dates are to be announced soon.
I had the opportunity to attend and enjoy both The Mummy Zero Gravity VR Experience and The Mummy Prodigium Strike on Monday and had an incredible time. When I first arrived at The Shop at NBC Studios I was greeted by three people – one dressed in a shirt featuring the Prodigium logo and two others wearing The Mummy t-shirts. The wait room is designed to look like Prodigium, with Dr. Jekyll’s office in one area and props from the film in another. The most photo opportunity ready area is by Ahmanet’s sarcophagus so if you go be sure to take plenty of photos and hashtag #TheMummyZeroGravity or #TheMummyZeroGravityVRExperience.
The actual experience of The Mummy Zero Gravity VR Experience places you more as a fly on the wall for the making of the zero gravity scene as opposed to operating as a simulator for the scene. Previous reviews have stated that the experience was disappointing, but Dread Central wrote that it is “one helluva fun ride” and they could not be more right. While you never do actually feel like you’re in zero gravity, the vr experience of feeling like you’re right next to the likes of Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Courtney B. Vance, and Jake Johnson is solid. Also, be sure to keep an eye out for lead hair and makeup artist Lizzie Georgiou, along with stunt coordinator Wade Eastwood, stunt woman Lucy Cork, and third assistant director Tom Turner.
So what exactly is The Mummy Zero Gravity VR Experience? It’s an eleven minute documentary on the zero gravity sequence in The Mummy. Narrated by headlining star Tom Cruise, you’re placed right in the middle of the action as the cast and crew prepare to film the scene. From Tom Cruise boarding the place, to the 38th take – you’re right there for it all and it’s an absolute must to attend if you’re a fan of The Mummy, Tom Cruise, or of Universal’s upcoming “Dark Universe.”
The Mummy Prodigium Strike is a VR game that puts you in the role of a member of Prodigium. The game starts out where you are in a helicopter, you follow alongside the ambulance being driven by Tom Cruise’s Nick Morton and Annabelle Wallis’ Jenny Halsey in the woods of Surrey. You have to shoot at countless amounts of mummies that are chasing the ambulance, along with spiders that jump out from all different directions. The game is fun, but it’s also very intense. Admittedly, there were a few moments where I jumped and was even disoriented after the helicopter lands.
The Mummy Zero Gravity Stunt VR Experience will run until Sunday, June 11th at The Shop at NBC Studios (30 Rockefeller Plaza, NYC). Walk-ins are highly welcome as it runs daily from 9 am ET to 6 pm ET.
As always, stay tuned to Universal Monsters Universe for the latest on The Mummy and the Universal Monsters Universe of films.
Tom Cruise headlines a spectacular, all-new cinematic version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization: The Mummy.
Thought safely entombed in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) 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.
From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.
The Mummy is directed by Alex Kurtzman, from a script by Jon Spaihts, Dylan Kussman, and Christopher McQuarrie. The film stars Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Marwan Kenzari, Courtney B. Vance, Russell Crowe and Sofia Boutella. The film opens June 9, 2017.
(Steven Biscotti – @reggiemantleIII)