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MUMMY, THE

SYNOPSIS:
During a routinely devilish desert skirmish in 1923, legionnaire Rick O’Connell (Brendan Fraser) and Beni (Kevin J. O’Connor) his weasel of a companion, happen on Hamunaptra, the hidden ruins of the city of the dead, which many believe doesn’t exist. Meanwhile, Egyptologist and librarian Evelyn (Rachel Weisz) is busy researching the hidden mysteries of ancient Egypt. By chance, she meets Rick in an Egyptian jail, where he is about to be hanged, but when she hears that he knows the location of the mysterious Hamunaptra, she strikes a deal for his life – and they set off to find it, accompanied by her brother the hapless Jonathan (John Hannah). A group of American adventurers and fortune hunters is also after the treasures of Hamunaptra, with disastrous consequences when they clumsily activate the ancient curse, with Imhotep’s awesome power manifested in corporeal form as The Mummy from hell.

"Escapist entertainment with a big music score, The Mummy brings back the spirit of screen adventure in an exotic place and time, effortlessly blending in the creature feature elements. It lives up to its promise and its premise in every way. Brendan Fraser gives us the look and feel of an adventure hero with a sense of humour, and Rachel Weisz has enough feist to make her more than a tag-along Evelyn. Set in the romantically-charged 1920s (gives the designers something to work with) the film combines traditional action adventure with state of the art visual effects in a stunning show of cinematic force. A crowd pleasing, wide screen, orchestral-score-driven event, The Mummy is directed with economy and flair, its 125 minutes whizzing by. Probably a bit too scary for toddlers, the film is remarkable for its visual invention and sense of humour – two elements that lift it out of the predictable. The money’s on The Mummy."
Andrew L. Urban

"A lost city, buried treasure, a swashbuckling hero, a spirited heroine plus the superstitions of ancient Egypt – all the ingredients you need for a grand scale, timeless adventure -Hollywood style. Engrossing, compelling and thoroughly engaging, The Mummy has a non-stop pulse, complemented by Jerry Goldsmith's resounding and thrilling score. There's atmosphere to burn in this Indiana Jones-style fable that has a touch of Lawrence of Arabia and Casablanca thrown into the mix. You can enjoy the magic of illusion in the context of plot, rather than for effects sake - but the effects are imaginative in concept as well as execution. There's plenty of tension, excitement and anticipation as we enter another world where richness of character is key. Every inch the dashing hero and an all-male hunk, perfectly cast Brendan Fraser displays true star power with his charm, casually tossed humour and he-man physique. Like Harrison Ford, Fraser is blessed with an almost gauche appeal and Rachel Weisz combines feminine wiles with a gutsy will of her own, complementing Fraser perfectly. Arnold Vosloo has great impact with a presence that will make your flesh crawl. The costumes are fabulous, the look captivating and production design marvellous. You don't ever have to worry about the film's outcome – you know the hero will get the girl, conquer all evil and ride (on camel's back) happily into the sunset. Keep a friendly cat nearby – you may need the feline assistance of guardian of the underworld, who could prove invaluable. Good old-fashioned entertainment for the whole family, The Mummy is a rollicking ride – a perfect trip for the armchair adventurous."
Louise Keller

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Writer/director STEPHEN SOMMERS' explains why he had always wanted to make a modern version of Universal’s classic horror movie, The Mummy.

THE MUMMY (M)
(US)

CAST: Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo, Kevin J. O’Connor, Jonathan Hyde

DIRECTOR: Stephen Sommers

PRODUCERS: James Jacks, Sean Daniel

SCRIPT: Stephen Sommers

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Adrian Biddle BCS

EDITOR: Bob Ducsay

MUSIC: Jerry Goldsmith

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Allan Cameron

VISUAL EFFECTS: ILM

RUNNING TIME: 125 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: UIP

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE DATE: June 24, 1999

VIDEO RELEASE January 3, 2000

VIDEO DISTRIBUTOR: Universal







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