The Mummy (1999)



Critic Consensus: It's difficult to make a persuasive argument for The Mummy as any kind of meaningful cinematic achievement, but it's undeniably fun to watch.

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Loosely adapted from the classic 1932 horror film starring Boris Karloff, The Mummy is set in Egypt, where over 3,000 years ago the high priest Imhotep (played by Arnold Vosloo) was given the all-important assignment of preparing the recently dead for their journey into the afterlife. However, Imhotep made one terrible mistake - he became smitten with Anck-Su-Namun, the mistress of the Pharaoh himself. Driven mad by jealousy and love, Imhotep murdered the Pharaoh, and his punishment was to be buried alive and suffer the torment of an eternal life in his wretched tomb. In 1925, a band of adventurers seeking fame and fortune - led by Rick O'Connel (Brendan Fraser), an American expatriate who has joined the foreign legion, and Evelyn Carnarvon (Rachel Weisz), an amateur archeologist - find a previously unknown burial site in Egypt. The team starts to dig, hoping to find lost riches, but instead they disturb the tomb of Imhotep, and soon the cursed priest rises from his grave to wreck vengeance on humanity. The Mummy was written and directed by Stephen Sommers, whose previous cinematic journeys into the past include The Jungle Book and The Adventures Of Huck Finn. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
PG-13 (for pervasive adventure violence and some partial nudity)
Action & Adventure , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Rachel Weisz
as Evelyn
John Hannah
as Jonathan
Arnold Vosloo
as Imhotep
Patricia Velasquez
as Anck-Su-Namun
Oded Fehr
as Ardeth Bey
Erick Avari
as Dr. Bey, the Curator
Stephen Dunham
as Mr. Henderson
Corey Johnson
as Mr. Daniels
Tuc Watkins
as Mr. Burns
Jonathan Hyde
as The Egyptologist
Omid Djalili
as The Warden
Aharon Ipalé
as Pharaoh Seti I
Bernard Fox
as Capt. Winston Havlock
Carl Chase
as Hook
Mohammed Afifi
as Hangman
Abderrahim El Aadili
as Camel Trader
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Critic Reviews for The Mummy

All Critics (84) | Top Critics (18)

It's cheerful, slightly cheesy entertainment!

December 31, 1999
New York Post
Top Critic

The Mummy fails to reconcile image and tone!

December 31, 1999
Detroit News
Top Critic

There is hardly a thing I can say in its favor, except that I was cheered by nearly every minute of it.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A well-crafted, great looking adventure, with some spirited performances!

December 31, 1999
Mr. Showbiz
Top Critic

Action-packed, fun.

December 31, 1999
Top Critic

Spectacle, rowdy adventure and supernatural horror all crammed into a raucous two hours of high-testosterone special-effects filmmaking!

December 31, 1999
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Mummy

It may not have enough purpose to go along with it's silliness, and it may be a tad overlong, but "The Mummy" is a film that is easy and fun to watch. This is the definition of an adventure film. It has a few genuine jolts and the plot unravels throughout, in a good way, making this a very easy watch. There is nothing too complex or overdone about it, which is kind of what I was hoping for, but there are no real stakes aside from seeing if our main characters make it out alive, which in the end does not really matter, because they all pull of ridiculous stunts, making for a very far-fetched film. Besides all that, the film is well written for what it is, and put together very well. For it's running time, I was hoping for a little more, but it's a very fun ride!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Adventurous, but not an automatic recommedation. Some times, it feels like a cheap rip-off of "Indiana Jones", but other times, its fairly enjoyable.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

I remember being terrified when I first watched this when I was just a kid. As I've grown up, there are still a couple of things, mainly the scarabs, that make me cringe. The use of Egypt mythology was a strong point of this film as it includes Egyptian gods, curses and even some of the 10 plagues of Egypt. I admired the performances of both Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz, especially how their relationship develops over the course of the story. The supporting roles from John Hannah, Kevin J.O Connor and Oded Fehr were also highlights as their performances very easily stood out, just like the main characters. However, for me, Arnold Vosloo's role as the cursed Imhotep was the spotlight of the film as his performance alone created a strong sense of horror and power. Even though there were a couple of good laughs, I felt that this film could've been better without attempting to be funny. Overall, The Mummy is one of my personal favorite Universal films to come out within the last 14 years and I feel tops off anything that the later sequels can give to the audience.

Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

Super Reviewer

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