Rating: Right from the get-go, the new version of the 1930's horror hit, "The Mummy," is an entirely new view of life in the land of the pyramids. This mummified tale of a lover from Ancient Egypt who must live for eternity as the living dead, is entertaining but only that. And the mummy, instead of walking about like a vampire, is instead enshrouded with bandages, trapped in a sarcophagus, then locked in a tomb.
What did he do? Why fell in love with a member of the royal family, and dared to use the secrets of the Nile in order to bring her back to life. In the 1932 original, Boris Karloff played the mummy, and rather then being terrified up front, as the watcher your flesh quietly crawled as the mummy in civilian dress, pursued a present-day beauty who was the reincarnation of his lost love.
Today, thanks to the wonders of computer technology, not only do you see the creation of the mummy, but actually see him put himself back together, bone by bone, and muscle by muscle, as the monster enters the world of the 1920s (a favorite time because everybody wears great clothing instead of today's explorers who don Levi's, slogan T-shirts, and sport sneakers).
Enter Brandon Fraser as the man who is looking for the lost tomb and such imposing special effects as sand storms that become gigantic monster mummies and scarab beetles, who like those TV scrubbing bubbles, bustle about and instead of eating dirt, eat living flesh.
Brendon, as a junior Indiana Jones, proves himself to be versatile at best, but except for those beetles, most of today's version of the mummy's story, will entertain you but never bring a chill to your blood. Rachel Weisz plays the love interest--the reincarnation of the mummy's lost love--and the rest of the cast is up to snuff but the main characters in this first of the summer
blockbusters, are, of course, the computers and their ability to make you think that what you see is real.