The Mummy

The Mummy (1999)

Director: Stephen Sommers

Cast: Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Oded Fehr and Arnold Vosloo

Synopsis: In ancient Egypt, high priest Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo) started a forbidden relationship with Anck Su Namun, Pharaoh Seti’s Mistress. When Seti finds out about their betrayal, Imhotep and Anck Su Namun kill him, but can’t escape the trustworthy guards: Anck Su Namun 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. Now in 1923, adventurer Rick O’Connoll (Brendan Fraser) leads Librarian Evelyn Carnahan (Rachel Weisz) and her brother Jonathan (John Hannah) to Hamunaptra the city of the dead. While Jonathan 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. There is another compteing group of American diggers who are being led by an old friend of Rick’s. While digging the Americans open a chest containing the organs of Imhotep and they also find the black Book of the Dead. After Evelyn steals the Book of he Dead from one of the Americans and begins to read through it and accidently awakens Imhotep. Now the creature will bring forth the ten plagues of Egypt and find those who opened the chest and drain the life from them until he becomes fully generated and will become Immortal. To make matters worse Imhotep wants to resurrect Anck Su Namun by using Evelyn’s body and together they will rule the world for all time. Only Rick can stop him with the help of a modern day Medjai named Ardeth Bay (Oded Fehr) before he sacrifices Evelyn.

Trivia: Ardath Bey, an anagram of Death By Ra, is the name of a sworn protector of mankind from the mummy Imhotep. However, in The Mummy, Ardath Bey is the alter-ego of the mummy Imhotep (played by Boris Karloff) when he attempts to pass for a modern Egyptian. According to director Stephen Sommers, Universal phoned him the morning after this movie was released and said, “We need another one.”

How scary is this really?: This movie scared the crap out of me the first time I saw it although I was only 12 but it was also so much fun to watch and 13 years later it is still just as much fun to watch. Brendan Fraser is great as Rick O’Connoll the best adventurer since Indiana Jones and Rachel Weisz is great in her breakout role. Arnold Vosloo is great as Imhotep reinforcing the belief that the less you talk the more intimidating you can be. All around a great adventure film but not the scariest thing by any means.