The Mummy

When an American archaeology team unwittingly resurrects a cursed mummy, it’s up to an adventurer and a clumsy Egyptologist to stop the evil spirit.

Year: 1999
Certificate: 15
Director: Stephen Sommers
Starring: Brendan FraserRachel WeiszJohn HannahArnold VoslooKevin J. O’ConnorOded FehrJonathan HydeErick AvariBernard FoxStephen DunhamCorey Johnson

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Stephen Sommers take on the horror classic still delights almost two decades on

With the recent box office failure of the latest ”Mummy’ incartation it’s been good to revisit Brendan Fraser and gang’s first showdown with the monstrous ‘Imohtep’. The story begins in Egypt 1290 BC. The high priest Imohtep (Arnold Vosloo) to the Pharaoh begins an affair with his mistress Anck-Su-Namun. After the Pharaoh discovers the betrayal he is killed by Imohtep while Anck-Su-Namun kills herself with the intention of having her lover Imohtep bringing her back to life. Imohtep is eventually captured and forced to suffer the worst fate imaginable. Mummified alive with flesh eating scarabs and placed in a tomb.

Fast forward to 1920’s and Rick O’connell (Brendan Frasier) joins librarian Evelyn (Rachel Weisz) and agrees to lead her to Hamunaotra. Here they mistakenly wake the Mummy from his tomb and must now race against the clock to stop him.

This movie very wisely goes the fantasy route rather than the hard horror you may expect complementing the early CGI. The cast is charming, wittty and at times a little on the cringey side and comes together with a rather straight forward plot that has clearly defined act-beats that help keep the movie’s pacing fresh.

“The Mummy” is a more family-friendly take on the old classic and though the effects-heavy scenes haven’t dated very well there’s more than enough heart in here to enjoy the movie all these years later. This is a must watch for any fan of the genre and, despite it’s visual shortcomings, is still the best fun you’ll have watching a Brendan Frasier movie.

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