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I must have seen this film several times and find that it is a good watch each time. The Mummy is a film which is set in Egypt during the 1920's and tells the story of Rick played by Brendan Fraiser and Evelyn played by Rachel Weiss. The film is based around the legend of Hamunaptra, a site in Egypt which is known as the city of the dead. In the opening scene we are shown the story of a Pharoh whose wife is having an affair with the high priest. The high priest Imhotep is buried alive with a curse which means that should he ever arise he would be endowed with immortality. No surprise what happens in this film then!
The film features some comcial dialogue between the characters and is the perfect mix of fantasy and history which I really enjoy. The film also contains a love story between the two main characters which adds another plot to the film. There are many mythical goings on in this film, with flesh eating scarabs, immortal mummies, anceient societies and brilliant historical fiction.
The film was directed by Stephen Somers and is 2 hours long. I would throughly recommend watching this for a bit of fun, it isn't a film to be taken too seriously but does well to entertain me for a while.
I love my action films, sometimes the more ridiculous and farfetched the better, as long as they have a good entertaining story and the acting is brilliant. One of the best movies of this kind I've seen in The Mummy which was released just under 10 years ago now. It brings together the brilliant partnership of the English actress Rachel Weisz and American Brendan Fraser, in this action packed fun film with everything you could ever want in it.
Many years ago a high priest Imhotep, fell in love with the Pharaoh's wife, and this love drove him to lose his position, followers and country because he decided the only way he could have his love Anck Su Namun, was to murder the Pharaoh. He was punished with mummification and many years later, he wants to return and control the world.
When Evelyn, an English librarian stumbles across an ancient artefact with the help of her brother Jonathan, they both with the help of Rick O'Connor, go to find Hamunaptra. They are not alone however and another expediction is taking place, can O'Connor, Evelyn and Jonathan get there before the others and what will be waiting there if they get there?
I have to say that was the hardest plot summary I've written ever, I never realised how confusing it truly was until now.
Rick O'Connor- Brendan Fraser
Evelyn- Rachel Weisz
Jonathan- John Hannah
Imhotep- Arnold Vosloo
Benji- Kevin J.O'Connor
If you are not one yet to see this movie, then you will very likely go into this movie with not very high hopes, and you will likely come out seeing what we all seem to see, a film which is a bit farfetched a bit silly in places, but a film where the storyline is lovely, the actors are brilliant, so are the special effects, with a lot of comedy thrown in for good measure.
The special effects in this film is brilliant, they have recreated Egypt brilliantly and have used the special effects to create this wonderful world. There is a lot of special effects throughout the movie and considering the special effects were not as advanced back then, as they would be now, but they are very strong and work brilliantly within the movie.
The reason why this film works, is without a doubt because of the cast, Brendan Fraser who is not one you would associate with 'good acting' usually, has delivered a fantastic performance within this tremendous film. I think the reason he delivers so much, is because of the brilliant chemistry he has with Rachel Weisz. This was the first film I saw her in, and I really do think she delivered a brilliant performance, and the fact that she didn't come back for the third film really should have told the Director something. To get a replacement was stupid, because of the chemistry that Fraser and Weisz built together within this movie.
John Hannah is also in the movie and his performance is fantastic, I have only really previously seen him in a small handful of movies, but this for me is his best performance out of the lot of them. He adds a lot of comedy to the movie, and everything he does or says seems very effortless. Other cast members include the brilliant Vosloo whom I've only ever seen in the Mummy movies and a few other television shows, but his performance in this film, is amazing. He is truly quite scary and he makes what could have been quite a comical performance believeable. Other cast members include Omid Djalili whom most of us now know from the 'Compare The Market' adverts and as himself in his stand up shows. He is very funny in this film and it was quite a surprise to watch this film once I had seen his stand up show a few times and realise it was him.
I must have seen this film over 20-30 times now, it is addictive and it's a film you can watch time and time again, and you'll see new things each time. It is a fun action film, which has lots of adventure, smart one liner, funny moments, even a lovely romance budding during the film, which works as the two leads have a tremendous amount of comedy. I have always been impressed with how well Weisz and Fraser work together, and for me, the only films where you can really take the latter seriously are the Mummy films, as out of the three or four main leads, he is the one with the most mature and less 'silly' character which is very different from some of his terrible movies.
This film which was released back in 1999 has two films which have carried on the story. The second film is not to everyone's cup of tea, because it's a bit more based on family and less on the action, but for me, it's why I love it, and I do prefer it to this movie. The third movie was nothing less than a disaster. When I worked in a DVD store over Christmas, someone actually brought the DVD, and asked my opinion on it. I really shouldn't have said it, but managed to convince the customer to go around the corner to Blockbusters and rent it out and watch it. They came back in a week later and thanked me as they would have wasted £9.99 on a terrible movie. Weisz did not make a recurring role in this film, and for me that is one of many faults. There is also another film called Scorpion King which I recommend watching before the 2nd Mummy film.
If you like the idea of this movie, you can buy both of the first DVD's for £5.43 or if you want to risk it, you can buy all 3 of them (not including the Scorpion King I'm afraid) for £8.09.
Hope this helps.
(C) Kirsty 2010
Running time: 120 mins
Director: Stephen Sommers
Starring: Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Oded Fehr and Erick Avari
The Mummy is one of those films that I have seen many times, and still enjoy watching it. I think the reason that I love this film so much is because I love learning about Ancient Egypt. Just watching this movie excites me and makes me want to go and see Egypt. The Mummy is an exciting, thrilling movie and in some parts scary!
In Ancient Egypt, Imhotep was a high priest in Ancient Egyptian times. But he was caught having a relationship with the Pharaoh Seti's mistress Anck Su Namun. Imhotep and Anck Su Namun attack the Pharaoh and when the Pharaoh's guards come after them, Anck Su Namun commits suicide, while Imhotep is cursed and mummified alive in a tomb in Hamunaptra.
Egyptologist, Evelyn Carnahan( Rachel Weisz) has always been interested in everything Egyptian. She wants to start an archaeological dig at the ancient city of Hamunaptra in order to find the book of the living. But to do this she will need someone with experience, so she enlists the help of adventurer Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser). So Evelyn and Rick, along with Evelyn's brother Johnathan (John Hannah), who is only there for the hope of finding treasure. But also searching in the tomb is an American group also in search of the Mummy of Imhotep and the treasures. Both the groups of explorers awaken the Mummy of Imhotep and unlock the wrath of the mummy on the world.
From as soon as the movie starts it is thrilling and exciting. I have seen it many times and still love watching it.
I think all of the actors in this movie give brilliant performances and Rachel Weisz and Brendan Fraser both together give convincing performances. My favourite character would have to be Evelyn's brother Johnathan. He has some brilliant one liners and he is hilariously funny. Johnathan is played by John Hannah, who I think is a brilliant actor as I have seen him in a couple other things.
I bought The Mummy on a while ago in Tesco for about £3.00. Sequels to the Mummy:- The Mummy Returns, The Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.
Special Features on the DVD:-
Making of Featurette 'Building a better mummy'
Visual and special effects formation Featurette
Interactive DVD-Rom options including Mummy game
Egyptology 101 (facts about Ancient Egypt)
Cast and filmmakers notes
The Mummy is one of those films that's been on loads of times but I'd never got round to seeing until the other week. Released in 1999 and directed by Stephen Sommers, the film was based on the 1932 film of the same name which starred Boris Carlos as the lead.
In ancient Egypt High Priest Imhotep was having an affair with the Pharaohs mistress Anuck Su Namun. When the pharaoh finds out he mummifies Imhotep and Su Namun commits suicide, as she cannot face living without her lover.
Fast forward to 1923 where Egyptologist Evey and her brother Jonathan enlist the help of adventurer Rick O'Connell to lead them to the lost city of Hamunatra. Evey is looking for the book of the living whilst Jonathan hopes to find masses of treasure. They cross paths with a group of Americans who beat them to the city and unwittingly unleash Imhoteps mummy from his eternal prison. He wants to bring back Anuk Su Namun using Evey's body and rule the world as well.
The Mummy surprised me; it was much better than I had anticipated. The film was a good adventure alongside strong acting, a sense of humour and great special effects. The transformation Imhotep goes through as he goes from mummy to human is just fantastic and the swarming sand looks so realistic. I also liked the way the scarab beetles crawled under people's skin, it literally made my skin crawl watching it.
The film manages to take some fairly clichéd ideas such as damsel in distress and evil villain and turn it into an exciting adventure with interesting characters. I think the director has done a good job of making a fairly average movie on paper into a pretty good one on film.
This isn't supposed to be a serious movie; it's just a feel good film with a predictable ending where good triumphs over evil and we all feel happy that we've watched two hours of adventure.
Of course with many films of this nature the good guys have eyes in the back of their heads and manage to dodge bullets left right and centre but I didn't find this too much of an issue as it seems to fit in fine with the journey that the story takes.
The scenery is fantastic; the Egyptian backdrop is perfect and everything looks so great. I also thought the music accompanied the film well, adding excitement, tension and emotion at all the right moments.
I was quite surprised to see this is a certificate 15 film as it seems to be shown in the middle of the day quite often. I'm not encouraging underage viewing of films but I think this would have been much more suited to a PG rating as there is only really the occasional jumpy bit.
Brendan Fraser is perfect as hero Rick; he gives the character a strong, humorous and slightly arrogant personality that is likable. He has some of the best one-liners and he delivers them all with great timing, keeping the audience engaged throughout.
Rachel Weiss was convincing as Evey, I thought she portrayed the clumsy, naïve side of her character well but she looked a little out of her depth with some of the more physically demanding parts of her role.
John Hannah was fantastic as Jonathan; he really brought the humour to the forefront and made his character likable despite his selfish traits. Oded Fahr is great as an ancient relative of the pharaoh who is sworn to protect the city; he manages to be sincere without ever making him too serious.
Overall, The Mummy is a two hour rollercoaster that has a good story, a great sense of humour, and plenty of adventure. I think it's one of those films that could easily be watched again and again and enjoyed by all the family. It is currently available on Amazon for £4.49 with free super saver delivery.
Personally I still think that the first of the three Mummy films is the best of the lot even though the special effects in the second and third ones are a lot better this is a more edgy offerring and a fun film to watch and of course there is the strangely attractive Brendon Fraser to look at as well.
Fraser plays Rick O Connell an American adventurer, he is wallowing in prison however brother and sister act Evelyn played by Rachel Weiss and Jonathon played by John Hanna break him out of jail, Jonathon had stolen a map and box from O Connell and his sister sees that it shows how to find the City of The Dead, which personally speaking I would prefer to leave hidden, however they need O Connell expertise to find it. Lined up against them are the forces of evil in the shape of Egyptian Mummy Imhotep played by Arnold Vosloo and his mistress Anck-Su-Namun played by Patricia Velasquez.
The Mummy is an action packed film which is a real adrenalin rush from start to finish, it has its amusing moments and some of it is very tongue in cheek alongside similar films in this adventurer/ hidden treasure vein like Indiana Jones and Lara Croft.
Some of the scenes do play on any phobias you might have about bugs or being trapped underground which can make it uncomfortable watching for me.
The performances are pretty good especially from Hanna as his character is a toatkl coward and not suited for hunting for treasure and lost cities, he is also very clumsy and accident prone which causes problems for his colleagues. Fraser and Weisss are competent enough in the other two lead roles.
These films are intended to be fun and not taken too seriously and that is why I find that this one is great entertainment and a film I have seen three times now and enjoyed it every time.
I really like the three Mummy films but I think the first is the best fo them all. It is a story about a woman librarian called Evelyn who works in Cairo, she is given a map and a box by her brother Jonathan. The map shows where to find the City Of The Dead is situated in Egypt. She along with her brother decides to go to find it. Her brother tells her he stole them off an American named Rick O'Connell who is now in prison and they get him out to help them in their quest.
Rachel Weiss plays the intelligent librarian, John Hanna plays her bumbling brother and Brendan Fraser plays the handsome adventurer.
Also in the film is Arnold Vosloo who plays the Egyptian Mummy Imhotep, and Patricia Velasquez plays his mistress Anck-Su-Namun.
The film is really exciting with lots of action right from the start and a gripping storyline. The special effects are really good especially the way they get the mummy to look like he is only half revived. I also liked the way they got the scarabs to chase after them, it looked so real that it made me squirm wathcing them.
There are lots of funny bits in the film which makes it enjoyable for all ages to watch, although it is rated a 12 in the uk. I think if you child is younger than 12 and they are not the kind to be frightened of the scary bits then they would enjoy it.
John Hannah is absolutely brilliant as the cowardly brother, he makes me laugh right through the film. Brendan Fraser is also brilliant in his role. I think these Mummy films are the best I have ever seen him in. My favourite actor in the film though is Arnold Vosloo. He is both handsome and evil and although you know he is the baddy there is something very romantic about him and how he wants to bring back his mistress from the dead to be with him.
The music in the film is dramatic and really goes well with the Egyptian theme of the film.
The film was directed by Stephen Sommers and it lasts for 125 minutes.
I had seen previews about The Mummy over the last ten years since it was orginally released and had never really thought about watching it until recently when I returned from a trip to Egypt and got a taste for all the tombs and ancient stuff. It looked good and thought I'd give it a go. It's the first in the Mummy series of movies.
The film The Mummy commences in 1290 B.C. After Pharaoh's wife and her lover Imhotep kill him, a curse is put on Imhotep. He must live for the rest of his time in the land of the dead. If the curse is ever broken he will wake and wreak havoc and revenge on those who have brought him back.
Now the story is set up the movie switches to 1926 in Cairo in Egypt and the discovery of a box containing the map of the city of the dead. Evie played by Rachel Weisz and her brother Jonathan played by Brendan Fraser set off to find the buried treasures of Hamunaptra. However, they won't have it all their own way as they will have to beat another group of archaelogists to it. Both groups start searching for the hidden treasure that are apparently underground somewhere.
However, while searching they unleash the curse of the Mummy inadvertently. There are various parts to completing the curse which once done mean the Mummy is unleashed to roam free.
I thought the Mummy was a great fast paced action movie, however it was a little confusing at times. You certainly won't find yourself getting bored with it though as there is plenty of excitement and things to think about throughout. The special effects in particular really make this film stand out from the crowd. There are many scenes where I was astounded by the effects and everything seemed so real. The acting made it all seem believable too. If you like anything to do with ancient curses then this is a great movie to watch and features action and adventure.
This is the best of the Mummy series, the first ones normally are. The only bad thing about it is that the Mummy himself, Imhotep, doesn't make much of an appearance as a lot of the film is taken up introducing Evelyn, Rick and Jonathan. Then of course when Imhotep does make his appearance for a long time he is only half formed.
The scenes where he is half formed are good, because the special effects blend effortlessly with the rest of the scene, in fact the special effects are great right the way through.
Rachel Weisz is much better as Evelyn than Maria Bello was in the latest film. Rick and Jonathan are both funny, so they make it quite a comical film. It's a similar type of film to the Indiana Jones series of films, but instead of chasing artefacts they're chasing mummies, but in the same way that Harrison Ford makes Indiana less than serious, Brendan Fraiser does just the same for Rick.
It's not a scary film,so it's great for kids, I think it's given a 12 rating because Anck-Su-Namum is wearing very little part way through the film.
I can't believe this film is ten years old already! This is a really good fun film, its a good laugh and there is lots to enjoy in it. It came out in 1999 and is directed by Stephen Summers. The film stars Brendan Frasier and Rachel Weisz. The film was nominated for an Oscar and won a few other awards and got lots of other nominations.
The film is set in Egypt and follows the story of an American who is on an archaeological dig at the ancient city of Hamunaptra. Whilst digging he somehow manages to awaken a Mummy. And not just any old Mummy, he awakens a rather nasty one who is rather evil. So now he must stop this evil Mummy as it tries to do some pretty nasty stuff! Sounds silly but it is actually far better than it sounds!
I liked this film. I'm not usually into films like this but this one is just really good fun. I'm not a huge fan of Brendan Fraser but in this he plays a really good part and I actually enjoyed watching him in this. Rachel Weisz played a good part as well.
The special effects in this film are very good. I was really impressed with the way they put everything together to make it look so realistic. It is very believeable when you are watching it.
There is lots of good action in this film and quite a few funny bits. This is almost like a modern day Indiana Jones, if you forget there is not a modern day Indiana Jones. The stroy moves at a great pace and keeps you on the edge of your seat all the way through.
The film runs for 125 minutes which really surprises me. It does not feel like you have been watching it for over two hours which is really a credit to the film as the time just flies by. There is so much going on that I never got bored or starting looking at my watch.
The film is rated as 12. There is some wearing and some violence and some scenes that might scare children. However this is really a film that most members of the family could happily watch together without any real problems.
The DVD itself is ok, it has all the features you would expect from a film like this. Things like trailers etc....
Overall this is a really good film. There is lots to keep everyone happy, the storyline is good if a little silly. There a are lots of little bits of humor which make the film more enjoyable and you are constantly on the edge of your seat. If you have never seen the Mummy I would say its a film you should really give a try. The Mummy is great!
The Mummy is a film released in 1999 and stars Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz the plot is as follows...
A flashback is shown of Egypt around 1290 BC the high Priest Imhotep and Anck-su-Namun are having an affair, she is the mistress to Pharoah Seti I. He has decreed that no other man is to touch her.
When the Pharoah discovers them both Imhotep and Anck-su-Namun murder the Pharoah. Anuck-sun-Namun kills herself as she knows that Imhotep has the ability to bring her back from the dead. Once she is buried Imhotep steals her corpse and with the help of his priests travel to Hamunaptra, city of the dead. Where the resurrection
ceremony will take place.
However they are discovered by the Pharoahs guards before completion of the ceremony and her soul is sent once more back to the Underworld. For their actions the priests are buried alive, but for Imhotep he is forced to endure the Hom Dai which is the worst punishment imaginable. This ritual grants eternal life which makes him endure the wounds forever. To make sure he stays sealed away he is placed in his sarcophagus underneath a statue of the god Anubis.
He is watched over by the Medjai who are descendants of the Pharoah's guards. The ritual says that if Imhotep is ever released into the world, the powers that made him immortal would unleash death upon the Earth.
The film then jumps to Cairo in 1926 where librarian and would be Egyptologist, Evelyn Carnahan (Rachel Weisz) is shown a box by her brother Jonathan (John Hannah) he says he found it in Thebes but when they find a map hidden in the box he comes clean and admits he stole it from Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser). They have to find him as he may be able to help them the only problem is he is stuck in prison and they must get him released.
They manage to secure his release and Rick leads them to the city where they meet a group of treasure hunters lead by an Egyptologist. Shortly after arriving in Hamunaptra they are attacked by the Medjai who are trying to keep Imhotep undiscovered. The leader Ardeth warns them that there is evil in the city, undeterred the two groups continue to excavate the lost city. Evelyn, Rick and John however find what the Medjai have been trying to keep buried and unknowingly release Imhotep!
They do not realise the enormity of what they have done but they soon come to realise it was a terrible mistake and have to find a way of defeating Imhotep.
Running time for the film is 120 minutes and the certification is 15.
I have a boxset DVD containing The Mummy, The Mummy Returns and The Scorpion King, I think that this boxset is still available on Play.com for £4.99. You can however purchase The Mummy on it's own for £3.98 on Amazon. As you can see the boxset is better value for money though.
The plot is great and flows really well with all the main characters playing great parts especially Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz the chemistry between them is great and they portray their characters brilliantly. John Hannah's character is also very watchable. He is both clumsy and slightly cowardly, he really helps provide the odd comic moment which helps add to the story.
It could be classed as a little cheesy at times but I don't really agree there is always something happening and before you know it the credits are rolling. The time passes so quickly and I never find myself looking at my watchwhich is what I can end up doing with other films.
The Mummy is an action type film but has a bit of romance and also a few scary moments thrown in for the kids. The special effects are good especially when they are used to show Imhotep. Even today they don't look shoddy and the film is now 10 years old.
Overall I don't think you could improve the story or the actual film it is one of my favourites and will continue to be.
The Mummy really is the brilliant start to an epic action and adventure movie that I really did enjoy. I thought the story line was excellent and I liked the whole theme of the movie. I thought that the film itself was very entertaining throughout and I found it to be very enjoyable to watch indeed. I also really liked how they could combine elements of romance into the film which is rather like a James Bond movie in style. I really would recommend this movie because I think it would provide some excellent home entertainment.
The Mummy is about a smal group of archeologists who managed to find a tomb. When they look inside the tomb they managed to find the body of Imhoptep. The group then attempts to rejuvinate this dead mummy and what happens could not have been worse! It really is an excellent story that is full of excitement. I really did find it gerat fun to watch and would really recommend it.
The film stars Brendan Fraser and Bernard Fox amongst some other very good actors who really are exceptional in the film and they make it great fun to watch. I really felt that the overall quality of the production was very good and it is no wander that it was nominated for an Oscar. You can get this film now for just £4 now which really is an excellent price and I really would recommend it. I hope this was useful and thank you very much for reading this!
This film starts off in ancient Egypt, when the pharaoh Seti 1with a wife, Anck Su Namun (Patricia Velazquez: 10029 (2002), Mindhunters (2002), The Mummy Returns (2001), who isn't that faithful to her husband. She is painted with gold and black paint, which smudges if anyone touches it, and that it how the pharaoh finds out about this. But she and her boyfriend, Lord Imhotep, (Arnold Vosloo: Endangered Species (2002)
The Mummy Returns (2001)), kill the pharaoh, and then Imhotep flees as the pharaohs guards enter. At this point Anck Su Namun kills herself so that the pharaohs' guards can't kill her. Imhotep then steals her body and attempts to bring her back to life using the book of the dead, this all takes place at the legendary city of Hamunaptra. But the pharaohs' guards interrupt the ritual and Imhotep is taken and has the worst possible curse placed on him, which is the Hom-Dai, which basically means that he is mummified alive and a lot of black scarabs are poured over him.
The film then cuts to the early 1900s at the lost city of Hamunaptra, where the French foreign legion are battling the descendants of the pharaohs' guards, the Magji. The battle ends when the Magji see an apparition of a demon in the sand, they leave Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser: The Mummy Returns (2001) Monkeybone (2001) Bedazzled (2000)), to die in the desert.
It then skips to Evie Carnahan (Rachel Weisz Confidence (2002), The Shape of Things (2002), About a Boy (2002), The Mummy Returns (2001)), where she is in a library. This is where she accidentally knocks over all the books in the library, but she is the only librarian with in 100 miles of where they are so she has a permanent job. She hears a strange noise and then goes into a room full of coffins and suddenly a mummies hand rises out of the coffin. But not all is what it seems, it is actually her brother, Jonathan Carnahan (John Hannah: The rebus series), who was drunken at the time.
This is enough of the film, although this is only about the first 10-15 minutes of the film. The film then goes on to explain how Rick and Evie meet, this happens at a prison where Rick is about to be hanged (how romantic). But the film continues until they find the lost city of Hamunaptra and awaken the Mummy (Imhotep), who is out for revenge.
This film has quite a good layout, it starts off well and leads into the theme that it is going to be a horror, but actually the film is a mild comedy/horror/action. There may be a mummy out for revenge, but there are some really funny moments in the film.
The special effects in the film are outstanding, as the mummy is computer generated for about half the movie. Then Arnold Vosloo takes over as the Mummy. The rest of the special effects in the movie are quite good, as they are realistic and well thought out.
The film is one the best films that I have saw, it combines several forms of genre and it has a really realistic feel to it. This is probably because it is set in Egypt, and it involves Mummies, which are mystical things.
Overall this film is great and I recommend it to any potential buyers, viewers.
This is for me one of the classic films of the 90's, and as a kid, i truly loved it! With a fun cast and a non stop story line, It definately deserves more than its 6.8 imdb rating!
Evelyn Carnahan (Rachel Weisz) ,a beautiful librarian living in Egypt and Rick O'Connel (Brendan Fraser), an American treasure hunter, team up in order to find the lost city of Hamunaptra, believed to hold untold riches. What they do find though, is an ancient curse, and a very angry mummy (Arnold Vosloo) who will stop at nothing to ressurect his long lost love. What ensues is a series of epic battlescenes and comedic style adventure set across the beautiful backdrop of Egypt. This is as close to Indiana Jones as you are likely to find.
The action throughout is fast paced and frantic, as we jump between sandstorms, plagues, shootouts, and some mild horror creature ass whuping. This film has a good balance between action, drama, and comedy, with no bits in the film where you are left feeling bored.
The comedy is always kept to a fairly family friendly level, and with no swearing, nudity, or extreme violence throughout, this is a film that most kids will love!
The acting, although not great, is done well enough, with Fraser playing the constantly scared and loveable hero efficiently enough.
Weisz is pretty decent as well as the eye candy and Frasers love interest. The romance is about as believable as a dog with "i'm a cat" shaved into its side, but for the audience it's aimed at, this is not too relevant.
John Hannah puts in a pretty good performance as Johnathon, Evelyn's silly and loot obsessed brother, who's lack of common sense is comical throughout.
Vosloo doesn't really have to act here, as his mere appearance, largely with the help of cgi is enough to carry the darker side of the film.
This is a movie that relies heavily on cgi, but if anything this is what makes it great, as the creatures and evetns throughout were nothing short of breathtaking when i fist watched this as an 11 year old.
Conclusion - This is an excellent family movie, and although some children may find some of the scenes a little too spooky, it is a great laugh and exciting throughout. To me, this is just a film that doesn't have any big faults whatsoever, but does keep you unable to turn off throught.
The Mummy for me became a hit from the time it was showing in cinemas, which is also where I first saw it. I've seen it since, couple of times on television. Truth is, in the last few months or so, I saw the latest movie to be released, which is the third of the series that the Mummy has become. I started recently to write a review on that movie, then realised I should probably review the first two, first. I can never remember enough of films I saw years back to review them from memory. So when The Mummy came on television, I took the chance to review it.
Evelyn Carnahan (Rachel Weisz) is a clumsy librarian. When her brother, Jonathon opens up an ancient Egyptian tomb from the library and discovers an unusual, star shaped item inside it, the two of them decide to investigate. They are introduced to Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser), currently in prison and due to be executed, who can possibly help them in their explorations. The deal is that he helps them, and in exchange, he escapes his sentence. But when they find themselves in competition with other Americans, and in danger from dark-clothed men with swords, then awakening a something-thousand-year-old-Mummy-that-comes-with-a-world-threatening-curse, he soon realises he's got more than he bargained for.
Adventure, romance and humour are combined beautifully to create the sort of film that has something for most people. I really enjoyed this mix, and also when you can't choose what sort of film you are in the mood for, this is a good one to watch. Mixing genres risk having the opposite effect. You can end up thinking "this really is too violent, sexual or offensive for young people and too immature or fantasised for older audiences" with some films. To an extent, this does apply, but the boundaries are not pushed so far as to exclude younger people (see classification), yet I enjoy it (I am in my twenties) and my parents and older friends love it too.
The pace of the story is quick, but given that it is a kind of "what if"/fantasy film, you can hardly complain that it is not realistic. Things change and develop fast, and it certainly cannot be called a tedious or boring film. The story does become a little far-fetched, but mostly in an amusing way.
Just a brief whinge...
Sadly the film did come out at a time when I myself had gone from thinking of America as a great place full of wonderful, beautiful people and heroes, to something disappointing, and maybe more sinister. I had just started to question the way films about potential world disasters always ended with the rest of the world looking up at the USA with awe and admiration. I had started to learn the truth about famine and the international markets, and how I had started (shamefully) to see people from so-called "third world" or "developing" countries as lesser human beings, without even realising I was doing it.
This in mind, there were things I certainly did not like about the film, like how the Americans would wisely stand back for value of their intelligence, and let the foolish locals bumble along to their deaths. There is a lot of this in the film, and although I am able and willing now to see past it, I think it should certainly be noted. Luckily this film does not really make America look heroic, and if anything they are more a cause of problems, which they are obliged to fix, rather than completely innocent rescuers.
Hero of the film, played by Brendan Fraser, is Rick O'Connell. Although it does take him some time to actually become "heroic," once he does, he becomes a well-loved character. Brendan Fraser is known well for his comedy films, and tends to rely as much on his cheeky facial expressions as he does on his acting. I would not regard him as a great actor, personally, but I normally enjoy films he is in, and this is not the exception.
Before this film, I was not particularly familiar with Rachel Weisz, although she does have one of those faces you tend to recognise and think "where did I see her from?" After this film, I knew straight away where I'd seen her, because she made a good and lasting impression. Her character develops very well through the film, and while you are surprised by how she goes from being a clumsy librarian to a daring adventurer, you can say that she does it in a realistic way.
Another famous actor, John Hannah plays Jonathan Carnahan, the brother of Evy. I don't really know many of the films he has been in, although I have seen trailers etc., but from this film I might have assumed he normally plays the naive, naughty but nice guy, because he plays it so well. I am wrong, all the better for him. He adds to a lot of the humour in this film, especially in camel related ways!
Oded Fehr plays Ardeth Bay, a character who appears serious but has a unique and very amusing manner about him, which I really enjoyed. Although his parts in the film seem brief and minimal, I think he made a real difference to the overall story, and was particularly memorable.
Arnold Vosloo plays High Priest Imhotep, a.k.a. the Mummy, the ultimate bad guy/creature/cursed-being. I freely admit to being completely unfamiliar with him from any other films, and knowing absolutely nothing about him, except that for some reason he makes me think of Right Said Fred (yes, I am old enough to remember, and no, he doesn't look that much like one of them even if he is bald with low eyebrows) and wonder if this Mummy should be singing "I'm too sexy for my tomb" - hence that title I'm sure you all frowned at! I don't think it was particularly great acting, but it was convincing enough.
Villains tend to come with a companion, in this case, the former companion, it seems, of our hero O'Connell. The Mummy notes that Beni Gabor, a coward and supporter only of the winning team, may come in useful (he plans to win, anyway), when he decides not to kill/eat him. Beni only hopes to stay alive, safe from the Mummy's wrath and basking in his undeserved glory for as long as possible, so submits. Kevin J O'Connor takes on this role in the most amusing way, yet with an excellent portrayal of exactly how slimy Beni is, plus an accent, which I am not sure is natural but sounds convincing.
There are some thoroughly exciting scenes to look out for in this film, which for me have become really quite memorable. The best of these is during Rick O'Connell's desperate attempts to reach Evy, by his friend, Captain Winston's aeroplane. Imhotep's response is to create a sandstorm with the shape of his own face, almost trying to swallow the plane whole. It is humungous, and impressively done. It actually looks quite realistic, if you could imagine this really happening, and also the face is easy to see. Not something you'll forget easily.
The scenes where the Mummy sucks people dry (which, you might have expected, he does from time to time), are dreadfully unrealistic, but it is probably better this way as it makes it less frightening for younger audiences if it looks just a little silly. I would still say this film might not be for the more sensitive viewers.
The soundtrack has a young and lively feel, an indication that the film was aimed at young audiences. It is not, however, tacky or overly-flamboyant and so can be appreciated by all.
Although the film is set earlier in the twentieth century the music is in that late 90s film style and so the film does have quite an up-to-date feel. It does not confuse too much, but after a while I did forget about the settings.
This film has been classified as a 12 for the cut version (this is the film I have seen and am reviewing, although there is apparently an uncut version, which is rated at 15. I cannot comment on the 15 version, but I will say that a 12 is appropriate for the version I saw at the cinema/on telly. I don't recall much swearing, so if there was any, it was not that noticeable. The Mummy is somewhat violent, including men pointing guns at each other and attacks from the Mummy and some possessed people. I would not say this film in any way glorifies violence, as the emphasis is much more on the adventure and trying to save people. As above, it may be a little scary for some younger viewers. To be honest, there are flesh eating bugs that crawl under your skin and eat you alive, and these made me cringe a fair bit when the film first came out, so these may creep people out a bit, but that's about all.
It has become a real hit, and a film most people will recognise if you ask them about it. Although not brilliant, this film certainly warrants a "very good" stamp. It is a real shame that the political message behind such films now makes me see them in such a different way, but I do think people today are a lot more aware and open-minded than even the decade ago when this came out, so I've learnt to just enjoy what I can from these sorts of films, and I hope others can too. That being the case, I think this film has something for everyone and is well worth a watch or two. In fact, I wouldn't mind seeing it again several times even and as it has such a wide appeal, I'd recommend you see it, rent it or buy it, depending on your own budget.
(Also on Ciao)
Forget the original movie, with the pickled Boris Karloff, this modern 'Mummy' is a rollercoaster with bandages. Brendan Fraser is Rick O'Connell, a devil-may-care ex-soldier who knows where the goods are buried. He teams up with token wastrel twit John Hannah and Rachel Weisz, Hannah's cute sister Evie, Fraser's ultimate love interest.
Digitally realised ancient Egypt opens the movie, with dastardly doings between the high priest Imhotep and the pharaoh's totty, Anck Su Namun (revealingly portrayed by Patricia Velasquez). Imhotep draws the short straw and is mummified alive, having his tongue trimmed and becoming the scarab beetles' lunch at the same time.
Fast forward a while and we have Imho coming to life - and he's p*****d off at all concerned. Plus, he wants willing donors to re-clad his beetle-eaten body. As the Brits race the Yanks for the treasure, the Mummy puts many a spoke in their wheels. And Rick's weasely pal Beni (Kevin J. O'Connor) ultimately comes off worst, among the non-undead, you understand.
Beefy Arnold Vosloo makes a highly credible monster and the digital effects bring the movie to life almost as much as the chemistry between Weisz and Fraser.
Expect an old-fashioned adventure romp rather than something more soul-seeking and 'The Mummy' won't disappoint.
This two-disc Special Edition is a treat for fans of the franchise. The first disc has an anamorphic widescreen print of the movie in its 2.35:1 CinemaScope ratio, and a choice of Dolby 5.1 or DTS for the headache-inducing soundtrack. There's a decent commentary from the director and producer, plus a couple of DVD-ROM features. Disc 2 has all the usual stuff, including a 20-minute making-of documentary, a five-minute interview with the Rock about The Scorpion King, plus an exclusive trailer for it that is unsurprisingly reminiscent of Conan the Barbarian. There are also some detailed special effects breakdowns of key sequences, a blooper reel of outtakes and a virtual tour of the Universal theme park attraction The Mummy Returns Chamber of Doom. Sundry trailers, production notes, a music video and an Egyptology 201 text feature round out a well-loaded second disc