Re-Watch: The Mummy (1999)Tuesday, 5. February 2013
Director: Stephen Sommers
Writer: Stephen Sommers
Cast: Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo, Kevin J. O’Connor, Oded Fehr, Jonathan Hyde, Erick Avari, Bernard Fox, Patricia Velasquez
Rick (Brendan Fraser) is in the Foreign Legion, stationed in Egypt. He is working at an archeological dig in the city of Hamunaptra, but things turn sour – not only is he attacked and arrested, but he and his dig also manage to wake the mummy Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo). Gambler Jonathan (John Hannah) gets his hands on the map to Hamunaptra and sparks his sister Evy’s (Rachel Weisz) interest, a librarion who knows her ancient Egyptian stuff. They pick up Rick and their search for treasures leads them straight back to the mummy.
I remembered The Mummy being basically the epitome of a fun romp – and the re-watch absolutely confirmed those memories. It’s fun, it’s silly, it’s entertaining and Rachel Weisz rocks.
I remember I saw this film in the cinema when it came out, though unfortunately I had got the start time wrong and was about half an hour or so late and so I missed the whole prologue with Imhotep’s story. Back then, I was young and my obsessive-compulsive tendencies weren’t as set in stone, so that was still possible. I have since seen the film in its entirety, but that’s probably been 10 years ago already, too. (Man, I’m old.)
Anyway, I remembered it being enjoyable and I was very much right. The movie has an extremely good sense of humor (though it sometimes gets a little close to being a bit racist) and it’s just so much fun to watch.
The cast is pretty good, too. Rachel Weisz is always great and I adore her anyway, but Evy is a perfect role and she really makes the best of her. Together they shine. And Oded Fehr! John Hannah! And it’s one of Brendan Fraser’s better performances, too.
The movie does get a little long towards the end. But those lengths are negligible and far outweighed by the general awesome. The only questions that remain are whether or not to watch the sequels (well, it’s me we’re talking about, so, yes of course) and whether they will be able to keep up with this one.
Summarising: perfect popcorn flick.