Franz Patrick - wrote on 09/26/08
I remember watching this film back in 1999 and it amazes me how much I remember from it nine years later. Even though it has a lot of CGI for visual effects, this movie is undeniably enjoyable because it relies on its characters to get some emotions out of the audiences. It could’ve easily shown the torture and the kills but they didn’t so it leaves some images for the imagination. Brendan Frasier, Rachel Weisz, and John Hannah are all funny in their own ways but the three of them are very distinct. The mummy, played by Arnold Vosloo, is an effective villain, especially during the scenes when the treasure hunters just brought him back from the dead. Stephen Sommers, the director, wisely shrouded the mummy in the shadows for as long as he could so that the audience will be curious regarding what he looks like, his out-of-this-world abilities, and therefore engaged. The picture is fast-paced and full of action, which reminded me of “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.” There are also a lot of quotable one-liners that kept the movie from being too serious. This is a campy, energetic roller-coaster popcorn flick that shouldn’t be taken that seriously.