"Despite lacking in charm, The Mummy does entertain."
Dispensing with the bandages of the early Mummy horror films, this mummy stands as the latest big buck Hollywood monster. Tipping its hat to Raiders of the Lost Ark, it delivers the bold and brash - brilliant scenery and dazzling special effects, but fails to address the bare necessities. The stock fiery romance fails to ignite, characters are frighteningly flimsy and what should have been a dramatic climax falls into farce.While lead Fraser seems somewhat out of sorts in his Indiana Jones role, and Hannah's (Sliding Doors) overbearing campness misfires in his sidekick role, Weisz (Stealing Beauty) surprises, endearingly adding some dimension to the token love interest role.
The trio head up a troop of archaeologists and treasure seekers, who unwittingly release the curse of Imotep. Mummified for 3000 as punishment for his forbidden love with the Pharaoh's mistress, the marauding mummy is finally freed and provides the majority of the trills as he starts acquiring American's body parts and dishing out the plagues of Egypt.
While this is no horror flick, The Mummy does provide genuine scares, which adds an edge of terror to the squash buckling proceedings.Despite lacking in charm, The Mummy does entertain, but ultimately this is not the old fashioned Hollywood action epic it so desperately aspires to be. ---David Michael