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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as Ardeth Bey
as Dr. Bey, the Curator
as Mr. Henderson
as Mr. Daniels
as Mr. Burns
as The Egyptologist
as The Warden
as Pharaoh Seti I
as Capt. Winston Havlock
as Camel Trader
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Critic Reviews for The Mummy
Far more ambitious than its predecessors but a notch or two below the unique event-movie experience it might have been.
It's passable entertainment, but it'll likely leave you wanting more.
Written and directed by Stephen Sommers, The Mummy would like to make you shudder, but it tries to do so without ever letting go of its jocular inconsequentiality.
It takes a while, but there finally is a signature shot from Karloff's original, of the Mummy's hand reaching up through the desert sand. It's like seeing an old friend.
It's all done with plenty of action set-pieces, some decidedly creepy thrills, and a hearty slice of cheesy humour that often hits the mark, due to the energy and timing of the cast.
Audience Reviews for The Mummy
Great special effects, plenty of action and very funny to!
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.
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!
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