The Mummy

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One of the definitive popcorn movies of the 90's, director Stephen Sommers' remake of the Universal classic "The Mummy" still stands tall as one of the most likable and engaging romps to come out in recent memory.

A team of adventurers set out in search of a legendary lost city in the Egyptian desert. Among them are an inquisitive librarian, her buffoonish brother, and a gun-slinging American acting as their guide. However, they are unaware that their journey will unleash an ancient and deadly force on the world, as they awaken... the mummy.

Reinterpreting the horror classic into an accessible and entertaining adventure, Sommers' film is very much in the same vein as classics like "Jason and the Argonauts" and "Raiders of the Lost Ark." It's big. It's fun. And it's enjoyable from start to finish. It's filled to burst with everything you could possibly want of a popcorn film - archetypal dashing heroes, slimy villains, swashbuckling fights, strong humor and of course a touch of romance.

Stars Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz make for a wonderful duet, with fantastic chemistry and very endearing performances. Especially Fraser, in what may be his finest role. Sommers direction is fun and frenzied, with strong camerawork and a good sense of tone and pace. And there's not enough that can be said about Jerry Goldsmith's lovely score. It's one I still like to pop on now and again to listen to while I work.

"The Mummy" is exactly what it sets out to be - a grand adventure for the audience to sit back and enjoy. It may not be great cinema. But what it is for certain, is great fun. It's a movie I've enjoyed watching for over twenty years now. And I imagine twenty years from now, it's one I'll still pop on now and again for fun.

And I can't help but give it a perfect 5.

TedStixon

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Imhotep's priests first pop up, Jonathan is on Rick's left, and the guy in black is on his right. But in that split-second shot that shows them starting to fire, they are on the opposite sides. [In the director's commentary he does mention this but says it's because they had to cut some scenes out due to time, still a mistake but has a reason.] (01:39:20)

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Evelyn: You know, nasty little fellows such as yourself always get their comeuppance.
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Trivia: The warning that is on the chest containing the Canopic jars ('Death shall come on swift wings to whomsoever opens this chest') is a variation of the curse that was allegedly written on the walls of Tutankhamen's tomb: 'Death shall come on swift wings to him that toucheth the Pharaoh's tomb'.

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Chosen answer: The tattoos on his forehead are the Egyptian Hieroglyphs that spell "Underworld", and the ones on his cheeks are the Egyptian Hieroglyphs for the word "truth." All Medjai males get these tattoos as part of the coming-of-age rite, when they turn sixteen, of which the most important is the tattoo on their right wrist (which Rick O'Connell also has) that marks them as "warriors for God." Other tattoos specific to Medjai males are on their arms, forearms, hands, pectorals, shoulder blades and beneath the navel - the tattoos on the nose and chin are no longer used, since the time of Seti I. Medjai females only get the wrist tattoo when they come of age, but are not marked with any of the other symbols that are particular to men. Fun fact: If the Medjai - male and female alike - shows any sign of pain or cries during the tattooing process, it is considered that they have brought shame to their family.

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