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Tom Cruise's hilarious unfinished The Mummy trailer accidentally shared by IMAX

Sydney Morning Herald logoSydney Morning Herald 21/12/2016 Ebony Bowden

IMAX accidentally uploaded a trailer for The Mummy with no sound effects to YouTube and the result is simply glorious.

The two-minute trailer for Tom Cruise's upcoming remake of the 1999 Brendan Fraser classic was uploaded overnight and is an enlightening look into the bizarre world that is film-making.

How the video ended up on IMAX's YouTube account is a total mystery and despite the cinema giant pulling the video down it has already spread like wildfire on the internet.

SILENT PLANE CRASH! © Chiabella James SILENT PLANE CRASH! The video peaks with a silent plane crash which Tom Cruise narrowly survives. A flock of silent birds attack the plane and impale the pilot, who silently dies.

Cruise and other passengers are tossed about the cabin like rag dolls, shrieking in their silent, echoey world. 

English actress Annabelle Wallis is silently sucked out of the plane, giving a faint grunt while Cruise screams into the silent void.

And while studio Universal has issued takedown notices to Twitter users uploading the video, the hilarious clip has already been mutated by people splicing Tom Cruise's hollow screams with Top Gun's volleyball scene and Darth Vader murderous rise in Revenge of the Sith.

In a later scene in the trailer, Cruise wakes in fright in a body bag, but the moment is cheap without a cinematic score.

It's reminiscent of real life where there are no musicians to heighten the drama and misery that comes with spilling coffee on yourself or losing your dog.

A scene from The Mummy starring Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis. © Universal Pictures A scene from The Mummy starring Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis. The completed trailer was uploaded earlier this month, making IMAX's mistake even more foolish.

This isn't the first time a movie has been uploaded with no sound effects, either.

A scene from Jake Gyllenhaal's Everest was also shared online last year without sound effects. Also set in a silent world, the clip showed a dramatic avalanche and rescue, which felt rather meaningless without a score.

One Twitter user shared a photo of the takedown notice he received, mocking the fact Universal described it as a "leak".

"I think 'leaked' is maybe a strong word to describe a trailer they distributed themselves, but okay," he wrote.

In their description of the infringement, Universal wrote: "The uploaded trailer was a leaked version without sound fx. This was accidentally released online but is not intended to be available for public viewing. We have removed from YouTube, but it is still populating on Twitter."

Twitter have taken a strong stance in response, withholding tweets from people sharing the video.

The Verge's Sean O'Kane described Universal's move as "dumb" when the studio could instead embrace the stuff-up and use the ridiculous trailer to get more people to the cinema.

"Instead of riding the gift of a spontaneous publicity wave for an unnecessary reboot, Universal Pictures is now doing the dumb thing and issuing DMCA takedown notices to stop the trailer from spreading."

"But the folks at Universal Pictures are forgetting one of the most beautiful and terrifying things about the internet: you can't stop it, you can only hope to contain it."

Judging from the amount of versions people have created on Twitter, Universal has zero hope of containing this hilarious video. Long may it live.

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