The Mummy (1999)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Adventure, Fantasy


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At an archaeological dig in the ancient city of Hamunaptra, an American serving in the French Foreign Legion accidentally awakens a mummy who begins to wreck havoc as he searches for the reincarnation of his long-lost love.


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  • Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz in The Mummy (1999)
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1 April 2006 | ccthemovieman-1
8
| Bit Overlong, But Still The Word Is 'Fun'
It seems like a long time ago when this came out, but I remember it being the first DVD I had ever bought sight unseen, meaning I had never seen the film in the theater. I was pleased. I got what I had hoped for: a fun, special-effects extravaganza.

In fact, if you read a number of reviews, you see the word "fun" more than anything. That best describes this film.

This was an Indiana Jones-Jason And The Argonauts combination adventure story. It's cartoon-like in nature with an absurd swashbuckling hero, outlandish action scenes and the occult theology that filmmakers love so much. (The Mummy has God-like powers, even producing Old Testament plagues.)

However, the film isn't all good news. It's too long by about 10-15 minutes and there is simply too much action and too much noise. The film needs more lulls.

Brendan Fraser is pretty good as the Indiana Jones figure and Rachel Weisz, a new face at the time, makes a solid impression in her debut. The DVD offered a sharp picture which highlighted a number of jaw-dropping scenes. It's pure escapist fun and not meant to be anything else.

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Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Genres

Action | Adventure | Fantasy

Details

Release Date:

7 May 1999

Language

English, Egyptian (Ancient), Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Hungarian


Country of Origin

USA

Filming Locations

UK

Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,369,635 9 May 1999

Gross USA:

$155,385,488

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$415,933,406

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