Reviewed by: Kyle Suggs
Remakes of old classic films are difficult. “The Mummy,” originally released in 1932, starred the incomparable Boris Karloff is a classic. So how would a modern day production version fair? Well, as you might expect from a 1999 action/adventure flick, it’s big and it’s loud. However, after peeling away the first couple of layers, this film has certain qualities that I think set it apart from others of it’s type.
The stage for the whole movie is set in the first 20 minutes. We are transported back to ancient Egypt where we learn of the Mummy’s (Arnold Vosloo) origin. With very nice sets, computer generated scenery and by moving along quickly the audience’s attention is grabbed.
The rest of the film takes place in 1926 when we are introduced to the suave French Foreign Legion soldier, Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser). Through a series of misadventures he teams up with an astute Egyptologist Evelyn (Rachel Weisz) and her shady brother Jonathan (John Hannah). Together they set out to find the ancient city where the Pharaohs buried the wealth of ancient Egypt called the “City of the Dead.” Unannounced to them, this is also the place where an evil mummy is buried that which, if disturbed, would unleash the 10 plagues of Egypt (Exodus 7:14 - 11) on all that were responsible. Did I mention that it would also destroy the world?
This film is very predictable in the manner in which it is carried out. The formula of hero saves the girl, hero kills the villain, and hero saves the planet is tired and old, but it will be the addition of humor, special effects, and Fraser as a brilliant action hero that will carry this movie for most viewers. “The Mummy” does not at all take itself seriously which is it’s best quality.
It should also be noted that this film carries, as the premise, that one can be raised from the dead by human hands, spirit or will. Only God can raise people from the dead and all of those who put their trust and faith in Jesus will one day be physically raised unto life eternal (1 Cor 15:35-58).
This movie contains partial nudity, mild profanity, and plenty of action/adventure violence. Children under 13 should not see this movie, and if you take small children to this film they may be calling for their “mummy.” Pardon the pun.