Not a movie for your mummy!
A fantastic introduction scene illustrating the tragic past of the mummified man who’ll become our main antagonist sets the tone for one hell of a ride; an adventure similar to the Indiana Jones films, but with a hint of horror in addition to partial fantasy. The makers have a significant budget to juggle with and spare no expense when it comes to effects, sets, costumes, stunts and casting.
This is an unofficial remake of 1932’s The Mummy. It is an extrapolation of a much simpler story. It is a perfect balance of many genres and subgenres that features a myriad of bag guys and obstacles that Brendan Fraser must face in quick successions. The man gives the performance of a lifetime. He is an adventurer travelling with his love interest, a librarian, and her brother, a comic relief.
The infamous mummy only shows up after the halfway mark. Its 3-D decomposed state is the worst aspect of an almost perfect movie, something easily forgiven because of the light tone. With its epic soundtrack, hectic action scenes, quick pacing, childish humor, friendly frights and a fantastic depiction of Egypt, The Mummy is a unique and sensational production both niched and mainstream.