Mummy, The (1999) [English (MPEG Layer III, 95 kBit/s, 44 kHz, Stereo)]
Genre: Adventure / Action / Horror
Length: 2h 4m 0s
Director: Stephen Sommers (I)
Tagline: The sands will rise. The heavens will part. The power will be unleashed.
Plot outline: As punishment for killing Pharaoh Seti and sleeping with his mistress, Egyptian priest Imhotep was mummified alive and cursed. But in 1923 he is inadvertently resurrected by treasure hunters and must be stopped before he can wreak his final vengeance on the world. Summary written by Jeff Cross {blackjac_1998@yahoo.com} In 1926, a group of archeologists stumble upon a tomb at Hamunaptra. Inside this tomb the group finds the body of Imhotep, Pharoah Seti's priest and one-time lover of Seti's mistress. However, when the group accidentally brings Imhotep back to life, the results are fatal. Summary written by Emma B. Dopo 3700 anni, la mummia del sacerdote egizio Imhotep intende ritornare in vita. Rick, giovane ed avventuroso legionario, Evelyn, bella e sensuale, e Jonathan, il fratello di lei, si trovano a dover combattere le forze del male, evocate dallo stesso sacerdote, che si sta ricomponendo. Summary written by rosebud6 In ancient Egypt, high priest Imhotep started a forbidden relationship with Anck-su-namun, Pharaoh Seti's Mistress. When Seti finds out about what's going on, Imhotep and his loved one stab him, but can't escape the trustworthy guards: Anck-su-namnun chooses to commit suicide while Imhotep is bestowed with the Hom-Dai, the most feared curse of all: He is mummified alive in Hamunaptra, the city of the Dead. More than thirty-six centuries later, in 1923, to be exact, adventurer Rick leads Egyptologist Evelyn and her brother Johnathan to mysterious Hamunaptra. While Johnathan is keen on finding the legendary Egyptian treasures, Evelyn wants to search for the Book of the Living, which would clarify a lot in historical knowledge about the ancient Egyptians. Unfortunately, they and a rivaling group of careless American adventurers free Imhotep's mummy from his eternal prison. Now, with the ancient and quite agile high priest on the loose, the adventurers and scientists face not only a dangerous enemy, but also a massive threat to today's world: Imhotep wants to bring Anck-su-namun back to life by using Evelyn's body, but he also wants to rid the world of the disbelieving crowd of democracy-supporters to be able to enforce his tyrannic dictatorship. Summary written by Julian Reischl {julian.reischl@tuquoque.de}
Comment: Rating: 10-"A must see for everyone with a serious or casual interest in film and anyone else who is not averse to or doesn't otherwise philosophically object to the genre." Universal's Stephen Sommers update of The Mummy pays-off in every niche within which it resides. An enchanting, stimulating and captivating tale in the tradition of a grand myth, this is a film not to be missed. Brendan Fraser brings his off-center charm to his role as wacky action hero Rick O' Connell. He's in the Foreign Legion and stumbles across Hamunaptra-the City of the Dead. Arabs who have been pursuing him recognize a statue that lies on top of Imhotep's tomb and are scared off, saving O'Connell's life. O'Connell is saved again by Rachel Weisz. Weisz, as Evelyn is a librarian and amateur though very capable Egyptologist at an Egyptian antiquities museum. When she and her brother stumble across a key to a book of the dead that also contains a map leading to Hamunaptra, they discover that O'Connell may be crucial to locating the lost city. So they rescue him from his fate and begin an adventure that leads them to Imhotep-The Mummy's-temporary resting place. From the first frames, The Mummy never really pauses to rest on its laurels. Rather, it continually unfolds like a mythic portrayal of the swirling sands that provide one of Imhotep's means of transportation. The pre-title sequence is a marvelously executed retelling of Imhotep and his lover's story in 1200 BCE, and the thrilling conclusion of the sequence leads seamlessly to the titles, which seamlessly segue into a visceral, extended fight sequence set in the 1920's. Unlike some horror films-and despite all the adventure and comic trappings (and it is often laugh-out-loud funny), horror is what The Mummy is at heart-you never feel antsy waiting for money shots. Once the "serious" special effects begin, they are incredible (another superb job by Industrial Light and Magic), but the special effects shots wouldn't need to be there to make this a great film. The story in itself, and the acting, and the direction and cinematography and majestic score and everything else are enthralling enough on their own. The Mummy, as in Imhotep resurrected, special effects are jaw dropping, though-literally. Sommers has a way of making even the museum shots creepy and effective. And there's one part of the main museum scene that scared plenty of people in the group I happened to watch this film with. It also made me pang to get back to the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Egypt rooms (as well as planting a stronger desire to visit Egypt itself). So even if for some odd reason you happened to hate this film, you might see motivators such as the above to be a redeeming value. There's a wonderfully surrealist aura to most of The Mummy-it's evident right from the opening shots. It seems to be achieved through an ingenious combination of computer graphics, matte paintings and well-constructed sets. And although parts were filmed on location in Morocco, and there's never a time that at least a subtle surrealism isn't present, so I suppose some of it also has to do with the cinematography and lighting, plus the natural otherworldliness that northern African locales possess. The thrills range from classic horror-style scares to Army of Darkness-like campy action sequences. Army of Darkness isn't a bad film to compare The Mummy to-there are similarities here other than the skillful humor. On the humor side, though, there's even an Army of Darkness-like nod to The Three Stooges when Evelyn gives a boil-infested Imhotep follower who's trying to hitch a ride a good, old fashioned, split two-finger eye poke. I've heard complaints that the story or the acting performances are less than adequate, but neither criticism is really the case. The story is pithy and intriguing and all the acting performances, from the comic-relief cowardly foil to Arnold Vosloo's Imhotep (slightly reminiscent of some of the best Telly Savalas performances, such as Horror Express), are far above par. Recommendation: Obviously any fan of Mummy films or classic Universal horror cannot miss this. Additionally, genre fans across the board, from horror to adventure epics to campy comedy should find much to love here. There is violence, but nothing overly graphic or disturbing, despite the top-notch special effects. Because of this, and its PG-13 rating, there isn't really anyone who should find The Mummy offensive. The effects make this one best to see on a big screen, or barring that, a widescreen DVD on a large monitor.
IMDB Rating: 6.6
Country: USA
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Actors:
Brendan FraserasRichard 'Rick' O'Connell
Rachel WeiszasEvelyn 'Evie' Carnahan
John HannahasJonathan Carnahan
Arnold VoslooasImhotep