What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Mummy is an extremely violent 1999 movie. Men are killed by gunfire, sword wounds, fatal acid, insect bites, and numerous magical plagues. There is virtually no blood or gore and much of the violence is directed toward the "undead," whose bones shatter when struck with swords or fists. In a series of scenes, many characters (including the lead) drink shots of bourbon whiskey. A man stumbles drunk throughout the film and another vocally lusts after the whiskey. Profanity includes "bitch" and "bastard."
What's the story?
In THE MUMMY, Rick O'Connell (Brendan Frasier) leads Evie and her brother to the lost city of Hamunaptra where they discover treasure that accidentally awakens a three thousand-year-old cursed mummy. The undead creature is bent on resurrecting his mummified girlfriend Evie (Rachel Weisz) using Bible-size plagues and undead armies. This film is filled with rich content and is a worthy heir to the action-adventure/archaeology-meets-swashbuckling genre made famous by Harrison Ford in the Indiana Jones series.
Is it any good?
Action, comedy, and the captivating romance between O'Connell and Evie are at the heart of The Mummy. At times, the out-of-this-world special effects and battle-sequences have one longing for the old-school charm of Lawrence of Arabia or The Ten Commandments. Regardless, this film is extremely exciting, and at times educational. Its juxtaposition of intricate Egyptian history and spirituality, with contemporary Hollywood spirit, might inspire teens to study Egyptian history and spirituality.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the way women and indigenous people are portrayed in this film. How does Evie's strength as a scholarly, cultured, biracial librarian compare to other lead female roles in cinema today?
How are people of different races depicted? Are they respectful of their cultures?
If you could remake this movie, how would you do it?
|Theatrical release date:||May 7, 1999|
|DVD/Streaming release date:||December 19, 1999|
|Cast:||Brendan Fraser, Oded Fehr, Rachel Weisz|
|Run time:||124 minutes|
|MPAA explanation:||pervasive adventure violence and some partial nudity|