In the 1920s, adventurer Rick leads Egyptologist Evelyn and her brother Jonathan to mysterious Hamunaptra, where they inadvertently free Imhotep’s mummy from his eternal prison. Imhotep wants not only to use Evelyn’s body to bring back his mistress Anck Su Namunut, but also to rule the world.
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Three years after the fairly misguided pulp throwback of "The Phantom," writer/director Stephen Sommers made a far more successful attempt. While the over-reliance on digital effects and comic supporting characters can tax a modern viewer's patience, the film is held together by Brendan Fraser at the peak of his stardom - as handsome and dashing as a matinee idol, but with the natural hilarity of a comic performer.
Romantic with a capital "R." 18 years later it's hard not to feel that Sommers & co. have been taken for granted. While there might not be much in the way of rich subtext, the lush visuals, beautiful score, and lightning-in-a-bottle chemistry of the cast gives the sense that everyone loved being a participant in this. It makes the gritty tone and muted palette of the upcoming reboot all the less exciting to me.
It's one the most entertaining movie in THE MUMMY franchise. For a movie with some "mummy" elements in it should be a horror/thriller movie. But f*ck it! I need some entertaining movies. Director Stephen Sommers knew how to make a fresh reimagining from the 1932's version. So he mix Egyptian mythology with Indiana Jones-esque theme in his movie. It turned out to be great. It's better than Tom Cruise's Mummy. Awesome!
I don't know who came up with the idea to cast Brendan Frasier as an Indiana Jones type, but somebody hand him a cookie! This is a perfectly cast film that does exactly what it sets out to do. Fast, quirky, creepy, campy, and fun!
I have a huge soft spot in my heart for this one. The over the top action, cheesey dialogue, the boo moments, this is hits home for me as a classic throwback to Universal Monster movies. This film tried to be fun, heavy handed yet light enough to be enjoyable. Every thriller now a days is dark, dull, and devoid of a good time. If you haven't seen this in awhile dust off the old vhs and give it a play!
The Mummy has amazing costume and set design, as well as special effects. The movie is based in 1920's Egypt and its old-fashioned costume design, style of cars in the background, and the Egyptian artifacts really showcase that. The design of the mummy has to be the best part about it. Imhotep's grotesque and mummified look really adds to the appeal. The authenticity of the set design adds to the realism of the film.
the 2010s equivalent of "all the good jokes were in the trailer" is "you've already seen all the good jokes in gifsets on tumblr". I knew not to expect a really forward-thinking plot or anything but man, who thought the sequence where everybody in Cairo except a couple white people turns into mindless zombies was a good idea?