In 1999, the fantastically entertaining mummy film was released appropriately entitled The Mummy. It stars Brendan Fraser as an imprisoned American hired by librarian and Egyptologist (Rachel Weisz) to locate the lost city of Hamunaptra where unbeknownst to them, something evil awaits. It’s the classic tale of a mortal entombed for eternity, only to be accidentally summoned to reign terror upon mankind.
The “Mummy” in this film was played by Arnold Vosloo in the full human and half mummy versions. The complete mummy is made of special effects.
The first sequel came out 2 years later and was simply named The Mummy Returns. Fraser and Weisz reprised their roles as Rick O’Connell and Evelyn Carnahan, but this time they battle a creature known as the Scorpion King played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. While the fully transformed scorpion is clearly a result of special effects, they did a fairly good job of making the creature’s face look like Johnson’s.
The 2nd sequel is entitled The Mummy: Tomb of the Emperor and was released in 2008. Fraser is back once again as Rick O’Connell, however Rachel Weisz was replaced by Maria Bello. The couple are now married with a full-grown son named Alex.
In this one, the “Mummy” comes in the form of martial-arts superstar Jet Li. He plays the first Emperor of Qin who was cursed by a witch centuries ago, then awoken and given the ability to shape-shift into a dragon, among other things.
Not as good as the original or the sequel – according to audiences and critics alike, but still not bad.
The Mummy (1999)
Rotten Tomatoes: 56%
The Mummy Returns (2001)
Rotten Tomatoes: 47%
The Mummy: Tomb of the Emperor (2008)
Rotten Tomatoes: 12%
The 4th installment isn’t really a sequel, but rather a reimagination. It stars Tom Cruise as Nick Morton in the lead role, Annabelle Wallis, and Russell Crowe as Dr. Henry Jekyll. What does Dr. Jekyll have to do with the Mummy? I don’t know. But for the first time, the “Mummy” is a woman – more specifically a brought-back-from-the-dead ancient princess played by Sofia Boutella. It’s hard to tell if she’s in full mummy mode in these photos, but she looks terrifying nonetheless.
The real question surrounding this film is whether she is the one and only mummy. In the trailer, Tom Cruise’s character dies in a plane crash early in the film. So, either he didn’t actually die, or he did and was inexplicably resuscitated.
So, who is the real Mummy?
The Mummy (2017) is scheduled for release in June, 2017.