|Directed by:||Stephen Sommers|
|Written by:||Stephen Sommers, Lloyd Fonvielle, Kevin Jarre|
|Cast:||Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Kevin J. O'Connor, Arnold Vosloo, Jonathan Hyde|
The opening scene is great. I was really into the story and the crazy living mummification thing was pretty gruesome. And that chick was fine. Loved that fishnet outfit. But it's after that when the whole thing goes downhill, for me. I just lost a lot of interest in the movie when we're intoduced to the new characters and the fuckload of exposition.
I can't decide which one of the characters were dumber or more annoying, because every single one of them is dumb and annoying. Especially the bother, and that weasely Binny guy. And I am just not a fan of Brendan Fraser. The guy is a big doofus. Doesn't work an as action star, or really any classification of an actor for that matter. I think the only role I liked him in was Adam in Blast from the Past.
I've always thought Stephen Sommers was a real dumbass. And this one doesn't really help his case. The intended humor mostly just didn't amuse me at all, and the eye-rolling little romance almost painful to sit though. Filled with predictability and a lot of those just in time moments that just wear on the nerves.
But hell, let me cut it some slack here. I didn't hate the movie, actually. I wasn't bored to death or anything. It was kind of fun. Rachel Weisz is beautiful. Those eyes of her are heavenly. The bug thing was cool. Seeing them crawling around under the skin is pretty sick.And The mummy was pretty awesome. He had some wicked powers that were a joy to watch. I thought the giant sand monster was fucking sweet.
I'll always prefer practical prostetic effects, which it also does have, but overall I didn't think the CG in this one looked too bad. Excpet for some of the effects on the main mummy. Some of that looked like shit. Sometimes it seems like they have a hard time matching the digital decompositions with the actor.
Question: Since the mummy took the eyes of the guy with glasses, wouldn't that mean that the mummy would need glasses to see?
BOTTOM LINE: This movie doesn't do as much for me as it seems to do to a lot of people, and honestly I can't praise too much of it. But overall I was entertained and had a decent time with it. The humor doesn't work for me, most of the characters were more irritating than anything, and I've never liked the idea of turning a horror classic into a braindead actioner. But it's dumb fun, and I didn't hate it.