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June 21, 2017
Sure, it's an obvious Indiana Jones knockoff, but it's a GOOD Indiana Jones knockoff with a style of its own and a more horror-based kick. The film's got more of an epic quest feel to it than Indy, and does a good job merging genres. Brendan Fraser's really excellent as Rick O'Connell, who's tough and brave but also a bit silly. Rachel Weisz is equally impressive as Evelyn, who's serious and naive but super smart and competent. Merge the two together and you have something like Indy, but having the two elements of his soul at odds with each other makes for some good drama. And the comic relief brother Jonathan is really great. Unlike Indy, the villain is supernatural, and this allows for some truly one-sided escapades and scary scenes. And no Nazis in sight!

The archaeological scenes in this film are really played up well. When you think about it, Jones doesn't actually do much excavating, but here we spend half the movie hunting for treasure and then investigating it. Pacing is near perfect. At no stage does the film overstay its welcome and just when you're starting to tire of one plotline the film switches focus to another. Seriously: war movie to investigation of a mysterious artifact to race to excavation to mummy attack to apocalypse to counter-attack. Each leads logically to the next while being interesting on its own. The movie is fast paced and doesn't dither.

The CGI is probably the most dated part of the film. It hasn't always hung up well. But even as an obviously CGI creation, the Mummy's pretty scary. The design is cool and inhuman enough to work regardless of how plasticky it looks, and the fact that it's frequently portrayed in the shadows helps. It's not a monstrosity like the Scorpion King. The sand face still impresses after all these years. In general, while it's obviously fake, the film still looks good. And a good adventure can help you forget about questionable effects anyway.
June 21, 2017
The Mummy is as nostalgic and fun as it is terrifying.
Super Reviewer
½ June 21, 2017
Trying to cram action, adventure, fantasy, romance, comedy and horror into a single should not have worked, especially not in a Universal Monsters reboot, but 1999's The Mummy is so much damn fun, that they manage to pull it off with aplomb.
June 20, 2017
I have great distaste for the filmmaking style of Sommers but I really enjoy this film. The story isn't epic but each of the characters connect well and it just works on so many levels. Fraser is a great choice for the lead role and I can't remember a role he has suited like this one. This film shouldn't work, it's not a master work of cinema but it has a heart you cannot fault. Each actor seems to believe in the film and the energy level is extremely high, Sommers crafted a well loved remake of a classic horror film. The film is more comedy and action but The Mummy character is threatening and there are some genuinely freaky moments. This film came out at a time when world building wasn't a huge thing and it started to develop a series that floundered due to talent disinterest. It's a shame this series peaked with this first and best film of the series but if this was to be a one off film, the creators would've been proud. 20-06-2017.
June 19, 2017
Lots of two-dimensional throwaway characters in this movie for the main cast to play off of and of course there's quite a bit of what today's audience would probably consider sexist mentality and how the female protagonist is treated but if you can get past that it's a fun popcorn flick with lots of adventure and a few genuinely funny moments.
June 17, 2017
I love this movie soooo much
June 17, 2017
All in this movie is simply perfect.
½ June 16, 2017
I've always loved this film. It's a funny wild adventure that anyone would love if you're just looking for action adventure.
½ June 14, 2017
While filled with contradictions and stupidity mainly supplied by the script and direction, The Mummy still provides an engaging cast, remarkable special effects for it's time, and fun, light hearted adventure film running in the vein of Indiana Jones.
June 14, 2017
Just a perfect mix of action adventure, comedy and the chemistry of the two leads Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz is undeniable. A fun homage to the old Universal Mummy movies of the 30's and 40's.
½ June 14, 2017
Excellent, fun movie that can still be enjoyed over a decade after its release. Much of the animation is still impressive, and although it does have some issues that take down its value a bit, with it's charming cast and adventurous tone, this movie has made it into my favorite movies list.
½ June 13, 2017
great fun adventure movie that stands the test of time, for the most part. surprisingly better than the new tom cruise version. i used to love this movie but was reluctant to go back and watch it because i thought it would be stupid and outdated. this is actually a good movie, with some dumb stuff sprinkled in. the theme song is great. it is fun, funny, good banter, good likable characters. the story took its time to set up without ever feeling slow or boring. there was a little cheese, and some dumb stuff, but surprising little for a movie made in 1999. i don't know what movie makers are doing wrong, but the new mummy was made almost 20 years later, with a way better cast, larger budget, and significantly more knowledge built over the years. it doesn't make sense. (about 3 viewings)
June 11, 2017
This is fun film with a good strong cast. Brendan Frazier is on top form and it's the right blend of comedy and action. Also considering the films coming up on 20 years old the effects aren't too bad. Overall this is a really easy film to watch and great to watch with a younger audience.
Super Reviewer
June 11, 2017
All the story ideas come from Universal's 1932 original version (and you've seen that, right? Right?), but the style comes from their follow-up sequel ... turned up to, say, eleven. Rousingly over-the-top (and still so entertaining) think Raiders Of The Lost Ark meets The Mummy to get the tone.
June 10, 2017
It was awesome..One of Tom Cruise best action films.Loved it.
½ June 10, 2017
The Coolest monster movie I've ever seen :)
June 9, 2017
Great movie, CGI was awsome, I was was never bored, the story was good throughout, non-stop action, I was very impressed.
June 8, 2017
This was a fun horror/adventure comedy! More original and better than the new reboot today!
June 8, 2017
5/5. The Mummy is 100% in the conversation for greatest adventure movie of all time.
June 8, 2017
Although it can be cheesy at times, it's still a thrilling adventure film with really awesome visuals, and a really ominous villain.
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