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If you're expecting bandaged-wrapped corpses and a lurching Boris Karloff-type villain, then you've come to the wrong movie. But if outrageous effects, a hunky hero, and some hearty laughs are what you're looking for, the 1999 version ofThe Mummy is spectacularly good fun. Yes, the critics called it "hokey," "cheesy," and "pallid." Well, the critics are unjust. Granted, the plot tends to stray, the acting is a bit of a stretch, and the characters occasionally slip into cliché, but who cares? When that action gets going, hold tight--those two hours just fly by.
The premise of the movie isn't that far off from the original. Egyptologist and general mess Evelyn (Rachel Weisz) discovers a map to the lost city of Hamunaptra, and so she hires rogue Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser) to lead her there. Once there, Evelyn accidentally unlocks the tomb of Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo), a man who had been buried alive a couple of millennia ago with flesh-eating bugs as punishment for sleeping with the pharaoh's girlfriend. The ancient mummy is revived, and he is determined to bring his old love back to life, which of course means much mayhem (including the unleashing of the 10 plagues) and human sacrifice. Despite the rather gory premise, this movie is fairly tame in terms of violence; most of the magic and surprise come from the special effects, which are glorious to watch, although Imhotep, before being fully reconstituted, is, as one explorer puts it, rather "juicy." Keep in mind this film is as much comedy as it is adventure--those looking for a straightforward horror pic will be disappointed. But for those who want good old-fashioned eye-candy kind of fun,The Mummy ranks as one of choicest flicks of 1999.--Jenny Brown
This Movie Rocks!!! (And Ms. Weisz Is Pretty Hot Too!!!) This would have to be one of my favourite Horror movies. It stars Brendan Fraser in a role reminiscent of Harrison Ford in the Indian Jones Movies but this movie is set in Egypt where an Ancient Mummy has returned to life and must be distroyed. Brendan is joined in his hunt by the beautiful Rachel Weisz with a very sexy English accent. I only wish the my local Librarian looked as good as her. A thrilling chase, a few unexpecte twists and the good guys put up one hell of a fight? Movie entertainment at it's best!!!
The Mummy The Mummy is a decent flick that really does alow the viewer to have a good time watching it. I would like to state that it is not horror as the title would suggest. Purly action and adventure.
I got this movie as a gift a few years back, but to be honest, I wouldn't have bought it otherwise. It's a good one-time movie, to rent for example, but I wouldn't suggest it for anything long term, such as actual purchase (unless you really like it).
The plot is fairly strong, but also fairly typical. I would still recommend it though. Great special effects too. I would also say that it is better than it's sequel, The Mummy Returns.
Stephen Sommers quit his day job Has Stephen Sommers ever made a great film. Now, I'm not talking about revolutionary because thats what this film did in terms of special effect use. I'm talking about a movie that was to be cherished for several years down the road. I don't believe so. Before this film I'm not sure what he did, but not many people knew who he was. Since this film, most people know him as the guy who is still trying desperately hard to make a good film. Now Brendan Fraser is a good actor (in small doses) thats why he was enjoyable in Encino Man (crummy movie, but not much talking for him). At times Brendan was amusing but a majority of the time his acting seemed like he was trying really hard to fit into his role and it wasn't letting him in.
Rachel Weisz is a beautiful woman with a great acting skill. I'll leave it at that no complaints.
Special Effects were at the time revolutionary. They did things previously unattempted. Of course Stephen didn't do these things, the eggheads at ILM did.
At any rate this movie is kind of lame and just has gets on my nerves. The first few times it was a great movie to watch but like so many other films of its type it can only be watched a few times before it becomes quite obnoxious.