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With: Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo, Kevin J. O'Connor, Oded Fehr, Jonathan Hyde, Erick Avari, Bernard Fox, Stephen Dunham, Corey Johnson, Tuc Watkins, Omid Djalili, Aharon Ipale, Patricia Velasquez
Written by: Stephen Sommers, based on a story by Kevin Jarre, Lloyd Fonvielle, Stephen Sommers
Directed by: Stephen Sommers
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for pervasive adventure violence and some partial nudity
Running Time: 124
Date: 04/16/1999

The Mummy (1999)

2 Stars (out of 4)

Egyptian Gyp

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Universal's official "remake" of its classic 1932 film takes more from Indiana Jones than from Boris Karloff, and doesn't do justice to either. Adventurer Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser) teams with librarian Evelyn (Rachel Weisz) and her "comic sidekick" brother Jonathan (John Hannah) to find a secret burial ground. Of course, all kinds of CGI beasties surface and wreak havoc, amidst feeble jokes and a blaring soundtrack. Director Stephen Sommers has a kind of soulless, leaden touch, with none of the sleek, sprightly fun this kind of movie requires. Of course, sequels followed: The Mummy Returns (2001) and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)

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