Making the Grades
The Mummy was first unearthed as a horror flic in 1932, and followed by many sequels. Thanks to the special effects wizards at Industrial Light and Magic, Universal Studios has exhumed its remains again - this time with a whole new set of bandages.
Before his untimely death, the Mummy was known as Imhotep (Arnold Bosloo), the Pharaoh's high priest. His grave mistake was being unable to keep his hands off Anck-Su-Namun (Patricia Velasquez), the Pharaoh's mistress, who, wearing nothing but body paint, left more than lipstick on Imhotep's collar. When their secret is discovered, the mistress kills herself, but Imhotep is captured and put into a sarcophagus with hundreds of hungry scarab beetles. Sealed into the treasury temple of the city of Hamunaptra, the curse of the plagues of Egypt will fall upon anyone who dares to loose him.
Of course we know what happens next, even if it's 3,000 years later. When Evelyn (Rachel Weisz), a clumsy librarian from the Cairo Museum of Antiquities discovers that the imprisoned former American Legionnaire Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser) knows the whereabouts of the lost city of Hamunaptra, she bribes the prison warden to let Rick go. The couple, along with some extras (obvious snacks for the Mummy), set out to find the city and its riches, but inadvertently set the mummy's curse into motion.
Throughout the film innumerable people are shot, stabbed, burned, and done away with in every imaginable way, yet hardly any gore or blood is exhibited. The most graphic scenes involve those still hungry scarabs who haven't seen a good meal in centuries, and the skeletal form of the mummy.
The toughest job for the human talent in this film is knowing how to interact with these and many other computer generated characters. Although these special effects and the movie itself are not intended to be taken seriously, don't expect to put all the family in front of this remake, unless you want little ones searching for their mommy in the middle of the night.
Discussion Ideas After The Movie
Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about The Mummy.
If any family members see The Mummy, try comparing it to the original 1932 release and look at how technology has changed Hollywood’s approach to filmmaking. How is the writing different? Is there more dialogue now, or then? What devices (sound, special effects, music) are utilized to generate fear and horror and how have those devices changed?