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If you're expecting bandaged-wrapped corpses and a lurching Boris Karloff-type villain, then you've come to the wrong movie. But if outrageous effects, a hunky hero, and some hearty laughs are what you're looking for, the 1999 version of The Mummy is spectacularly good fun. Yes, the critics called it "hokey," "cheesy," and "pallid." Well, the critics are unjust. Granted, the plot tends to stray, the acting is a bit of a stretch, and the characters occasionally slip into cliché, but who cares? When that action gets going, hold tight--those two hours just fly by.
The premise of the movie isn't that far off from the original. Egyptologist and general mess Evelyn (Rachel Weisz) discovers a map to the lost city of Hamunaptra, and so she hires rogue Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser) to lead her there. Once there, Evelyn accidentally unlocks the tomb of Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo), a man who had been buried alive a couple of millennia ago with flesh-eating bugs as punishment for sleeping with the pharaoh's girlfriend. The ancient mummy is revived, and he is determined to bring his old love back to life, which of course means much mayhem (including the unleashing of the 10 plagues) and human sacrifice. Despite the rather gory premise, this movie is fairly tame in terms of violence; most of the magic and surprise come from the special effects, which are glorious to watch, although Imhotep, before being fully reconstituted, is, as one explorer puts it, rather "juicy." Keep in mind this film is as much comedy as it is adventure--those looking for a straightforward horror pic will be disappointed. But for those who want old-fashioned eye-candy kind of fun, The Mummy ranks as one of choicest flicks of 1999. --Jenny Brown
Got the blue ray version as we got rid of our vcr. Image quality is amazingly better of course on a blue-ray + 1080p than VCR. Same with sound. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Philippe-André Boileau
Really good, really funny too and loved it since i first saw this movie!! Always good and full of action! I recommend it!Published on June 12 2013 by LiLy
I'm going to go ahead and assume that if you're looking at reviews on Amazon, then you already know what this movie is about and you are more interested in a review of the product... Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2013 by casin
Yep, this is one of those other misnamed films like the "Godzilla" (1998), which could have been called "Lissardus" has no relationship to "Godzilla, King of the Monsters". Read morePublished on Sept. 12 2010 by bernie
Great movie. Loved the story line and the special effects were awesome. Very interesting characters, with comic relief throughtout the movie. Read morePublished on Sept. 4 2010 by Nikki