the shrouds off your home theater system with the latest incarnation
of Universalís franchise horror flick, The Mummy. This time
out The Mummy may leave some of itís soulful edge behind,
but itís pure fun and mostly successful. A few missteps may keep The
Mummy from immortalizing itself in the annals of special effects
extravaganzas, but the energy never feels centuries old. The
Mummy is not good enough to say youíll either love it or hate
it. The special effects vary from frightening to laughable, but they
are consistently well done.
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the uninitiated, the mummy in question was buried alive many
Pharaohs ago for making whoopee with the Pharaohís lady.
You know the old saying about not fooling around where you
work. Imhotep, High Priest of Egypt, made the mistake in spades and
wound up buried alive. Fortunately, old Egyptian curses seem to
provide for resurrection.
forward in time to twentieth century Egypt and librarian Evelynís
accidental discovery of a map to the legendary city of Hamunaptra. The bungling pretty lady is led by her brother to an
adventurer in jail about to be hung for some questionable infraction
of the local law. Itís desperation at first site. The lady manages
his release after a failed hanging. Thank God for strong necks. When
the group of fortune hunters stumbles onto the tomb of Imhotep, The
Mummy rises up in search of his
lost lady with a fury unseen in the annals of Mummy flicks.
And so the search for the
great Pharaohís treasure begins.
Brendan Fraser goes action hero as Rick
O'Connell a soldier of fortune after the loot of Hamunaptra and the
lady librarian. Fraser proves himself a worthy action hero mining
the most of his burly physique and easy charm. Itís a winning combination for The Mummy. Rachel Weisz plays
the femme fatale with rather less camera chemistry than her male
co-star. John Hannah, recently opposite Gwyneth Paltrow as the
romantic lead in Sliding Doors, adds a touch of callow silliness as
Evelynís reprobate brother.
The Mummy would have been a
better picture if it took itself more seriously yet maintained its
cavalier spirit. Some of the humor is unfortunate, especially the
portrait of sniveling Beni, O'Connell's nemesis and evil's
accomplice. The special effects are more suited to a dark Arabian
Nights than to an adventure yarn, but they still look great. Films
that poke fun at a genre and still want to preserve some of the
genre's freshness often find themselves on a foundation of sand.
That The Mummy avoids sinking under the weight of it's own
shrouds is a tribute to the energy of the filmmakers.
Mummy casts a DVD spell with razor sharp images, dynamic picture
presentation, sparkling color and a Dolby Digital 5:1 surround track
good enough to shake the dust off the walls in your home theater.
Lots of extras are provided on this outstanding special edition. The
second audio commentary from director Stephen Sommers and Editor Bob
Ducsay is honest and illuminating. Add
a short about the visual effects work and some entertaining deleted
scenes and The Mummy DVD package stands the test of
Pharaohís past: itís worth preserving as an example of the best
in todayís DVD presentation and technology.
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