Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Review: The Mummy

Director: Stephen Sommers

Starring: Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah

Year: 1999

Genre: Action/Adventure

Rated: PG-13

Length: 125 min.

IMDB Summary: An American serving in the French Foreign Legion on an archaeological dig at the ancient city of Hamunaptra accidentally awakens a Mummy.

The action plot may be riveting and the special effects may dazzle the eye, but what made this film work for me was the quirky cast of characters. Surprisingly, the lead contributes to much of the humor, which is complemented by supporting characters. The adventurous beat of the film is fondly reminiscent of the Indiana Jones series, without trying too hard to meet such a lofty standard. Filmmakers skillfully do not show the mummy right away, instead tantalizing readers with hints, suggestions and evidence of its presence. The music and cinematography are also good quality, adding to the suspense and adventure of the film. Don't expect to find deep, literary characters--this is an action flick, after all--but expect some surprises and loveable quirks among this band of explorers. While the action sequences are fast-paced and exciting, what really makes The Mummy an enjoyable watch is the humor and fun that the characters bring to the table.

For Parents:
Some action/adventure violence

My Rating:
Image from imdb.com

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