The Mummy (1999) [Blu-ray]
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Deep in the Egyptian desert, a band of explorers searching for long-lost treasure have accidentally unearthed and resurrected the Mummy—an ancient 3,000-year-old legacy of terror! Adventurer Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser) pairs up with librarian Evelyn (Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz) and a motley archeological crew to conquer the curse of the living dead—the vengeful reincarnation of the Egyptian priest Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo). Combining the thrills of a rousing adventure with the suspense of the legendary 1932 horror classic, The Mummy is a true nonstop action epic, filled with dazzling visual effects, top-notch talent and superb storytelling.
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Point is, I see The Mummy as the perfect popcorn flick. It knew exactly what it wanted to be, and it was that to the fullest. And it plays with its own tropes. The characters are practically aware of the cheesy sort of situation their in, and they own their roles. Brendan Fraser, who has just had the most rotten luck in the past decade or so, is at his best here. He plays a character who is simultaneously super-skilled and very vulnerable in a fight, intelligent but able to make the occasional dumb joke. In short, he's the perfect lighthearted action hero.
The story itself is very tightly told, and there's relatively little wasted space. The CGI is clearly dated at this point, but it doesn't stand out quite like the Rock's face does in the sequel. But overall, the best part is that The Mummy is willing to have fun with itself. It's a classic tale of derring-do that we just don't see enough of these days. If you haven't seen this movie yet, see it. And if you have seen it, see it again. It's just a great way to spend a couple hours and come away smiling.
Not to mention the flawless special effects done almost 20 years ago qre still holding up better than modern films barring very few. And they look gorgeous. When you first see Imhotep's mummy form it is beyond jaw-dropping to the point where James Cameron and his Na'vi are hulk green with jealousy.
Lastly the sound mix is an awesome DTS-HD track that even on my less than stellar soumd system makes my house shake without the sound 3itself even being slightly distorted.
And lastly all the special features included are the same as the collector's edition I've had since 1999-2000. They aren't in HD but hey, it's not really a big deal.
All this wrapped up in a nice sexy steelbook.
The rest of the cast (good guys and evil bad guys) was equally superb, the costumes, the music, the pace was great -- leaving you with the though of, "What just happened to the last two hours?"
A keeper for the DVD Library - Truly a Great -- Five Star Flick
In my book, this is a movie that was perfectly thought out from the script and casting to the special effects (especially for 1999).
Which I bought that movie also so the kids can see the old timers (like me) and what they had to work with as opposed to these special effects. I don't want them to lose the ability of imagination. Great and lots of fun. That's what we all need
The strongest part of the story, for me, was at the very beginning during the set up for the rest of the movie. Russell Wong and Michelle Yeoh had such wonderful chemistry together and they were only on screen for the first five or so minutes. I really wish it could have been longer.
Brendan Fraser turned in another solid outing as Rick O'Connell, but John Hannah's Jonathan lacked heart; he was almost a caricature. The grown up Alex with an American accent and the non-Brit Maria Bello portraying Evie, using a very uneven British accent, were the weakest parts in this movie.
I wish the screen writers had let Alex age naturally, using Freddie Boath again and written a script that wouldn't have forced Rachel Weisz to back out.
All in all the movie was worth two stars, but Russell Wong and Michelle Yeoh's chemistry earned it a third.
I would strongly suggest renting this movie first, not buying, so you can decide for yourself if it's worth owning.
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