Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Mummy (1999)

Director: Stephen Sommers

Writers: Stephen Sommers, Lloyd Fonvielle, Kevin Jarre, Nina Wilcox Putnam, Richard Schayer, John L. Badlerston

Composer: Jerry Goldsmith

Starring: Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo, Kevin J. O'Connor, Jonathan Hyde, Oded Fehr, Erick Avari, Bernard Fox

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The sands will rise. The heavens will part. The power will be unleashed.

Plot: An American serving in the French Foreign Legion on an archaeological dig at the ancient city of Hamunaptra accidentally awakens a Mummy.

My rating: 8/10

Will I watch it again? Yes.

I really dig this movie.  It's not perfect, there are some slow bits at the 2/3 mark, but it's one of the better action/adventure movies that feels like a bit of a throwback to the big adventure films of the older days of Hollywood.  I love the back story of Imhotep (more, please), Rick's (Fraser) character for all of his goofiness, Jerry Goldsmith's menacing theme and the special effects (especially the sand storm face).  Then you've got a fun extended cameo with Bernard Fox.  The supporting cast is having a good time as well.  There's almost too much action and at just over two hours it feels a little long.  The humor, though, goes a long way in helping move this picture along.  Too bad the sequel didn't know when to quit. 

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