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.
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 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?