Title: The Mummy
Starring: Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah
Summary: An American serving in the French Foreign Legion on an archaeological dig at the ancient city of Hamunaptra accidentally awakens a Mummy.
What we fondly remember: I remember The Mummy as a fun Indiana Jones type of action-adventure movie, perfect for kids. Whoops.
What was refreshing: Well, there’s no sex or drugs in it.
Red flags: Holy hell, is this movie scary! I’d forgotten how creepy the legend behind the mummy is (and this is shown right at the beginning) with torture, guys being buried alive, and all kinds of additional fun. The mummy storyline is scary throughout; it’s not just the special effects (think lots of skeletons and gore) but the supernatural fear behind it.
Kids’ Review: The Mummy was perfect for Nate, age 12. Calvin (age 10) bailed mid-way, and Toby (age 7) didn’t get past the opening credits (and still had nightmares). Unless you have particularly tough movie-watchers, I’d save this for the tweens and teens. My bad!
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