The Mummy

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 of
i The Mummy
i0 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 clich'e9, 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,
i The Mummy
i0 ranks as one of choicest flicks of 1999.
i --Jenny Brown

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title: The Mummy
theatricalDate: 07-05-1999
stars: Brendan Fraser
Rachel Weisz
John Hannah
Arnold Vosloo
Kevin J. O'Connor
purchase date: 19-06-2007
publisher: Universal Studios
published: 24-04-2001
price: $29.98
net Rating: 4
MPAA Rating: PG-13
minutes: 125
number of media: 2
last lookup time: 203999856
genre: Comic Action
Costume Adventures
Monster Movies
Brendan Fraser
Ultimate Editions
Action & Adventure
Science Fiction & Fantasy
fullTitle: The Mummy (Ultimate Edition)
features: Anamorphic
DTS Surround Sound
Full Screen
edition: Ultimate
director: Stephen Sommers
currentValue: $2.50
created: 203999824
country: us
aspect: DVD
asin: B000059ZZJ