The Mummy (1999)

Directed by Stephen Sommers.  Written by Sommers, Lloyd Fonvielle and Kevin Jarre.  Starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Kevin J. O’Connor, Jonathan Hyde, Oded Fehr, Arnold Vosloo, Erick Avari and Patricia Velasquez.

Plot: an archaeological dig awakens a mummy who reeks havoc while searching for the reincarnation of his long lost love

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This is very loosely based on the 1932 Mummy.  In this movie Imhotep and Anck-su-Namen have an affair in 1290, and kill the Pharoah.  When they are found, Anck kills herself instead of being taken and Imhotep is buried alive with thousands of scarab beetles to eat at him.

In 1926, adventurer Rick O’Connell (Fraser), leads Jonathan Carnahan (Hannah) and his sister, Evelyn (Weisz) to Imhotep’s resting place.  There, they find the Book of the Dead and accidentally awaken Imhotep by reading part of it aloud.  Only Imhotep (Vosloo), doesn’t have any flesh and he needs to kill people to get it.  So, that’s exactly what he starts doing.  Also, he thinks Evelyn is the reincarnation of Anck, so he’s after her as well.

It was actually a pretty good movie for what it was.  It was funny and creepy in parts and it had a magnificent cast.  We didn’t love the graphics, but I did hate how wide his mouth could open.  DJ didn’t like the protagonists as much as I did, but we still both recommend a viewing.  It goes well right between watching The Mummy 1932 and The Mummy 2017.

My score: 61.  DJ’s score: 56.

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