The Mummy manages to consistently entertain with brilliantly executed special effects and stunning set locations. Too bad the character development and script was less than stellar.When I rented The Mummy I was expecting a piece of typical Hollywood garbage so I came in with very low expectations. But I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised.
Sure, there was never a moment when it wasn't obvious exactly where the plot was going and the dialogue left much to be desired, but I would consider these minor flaws in a movie of this type. Going back to the Universal monster flicks ... its always boiled down to one thing: how cool are the monsters?
The Mummy's undead minions are a sight to behold. I was reminded of the animated skeletons in Jason and The Argonauts. OK, OK ... so special effects have vastly improved since then. But what made these guys realistic, and downright creepy, was the obvious detail that was put into every nuance of these creatures. They are a wonder to behold. It was this very element that elevated movies like Jason and the Argonauts and Clash of The Titans. That particular element was special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen. I am not sure who was responsible for creating the special effects in The Mummy, so feel free to bust my balls for my lack of research. But see this film and witness how each of Imhotep's undead followers exhibit distinct characteristics and the detail put into their creation and you will see what I am talking about.
The effects don't stop there though ... actually, every effect in the movie was captivating (gotta love them flesh penetrating scarabs.)
That is the good... Heres the bad and the ugly...
There was no chemistry between the leads and every character in the movie did exactly what you would have expected them to do exactly when you would expect them to do so. The one liners were, for the most part, just plain irritating.
There were moments when the movie appeared to try and be reminiscent of Raider's of The Lost Ark and fell flat on its face. Fortunately, after every time I groaned at a corny line or the lack of compelling characters, I was quickly distracted by the wonderful effects I mentioned above or the absolutely brilliant cinematography....The Mummy is saved by brilliant effects, beautiful locations and some outstanding action sequences. As far as plot and character development? If you can't say something nice...