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A full-scale re-imagining of Universal Pictures' seminal 1932 film, The Mummy

T
HE MUMMY
(1999)

This is the Kat in the Hollywood Jesus office

By Kat Bruce

and David Bruce
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Cast:
Brendan Fraser
Rachel Weisz
John Hannah
Written and directed by Stephen Sommers
Produced by James Jacks and Sean Daniel

Sons Jonathan and Matt
enjoyed THE MUMMY

I took all the kids to see this film. I really enjoyed it. And, it gave us lots to talk about after we watched it. Films such as this one can be wonderful family events. This is an "Indiana Jones" type film that is a lot of fun. I asked my 16 year old daughter Kat to write the review.

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Studio summary:
This film is a full-scale re-imagining of Universal Pictures' seminal 1932 film, The Mummy. It is a rousing, humorous, suspenseful and horrifying epic about an expedition of treasure-seeking explorers in the Sahara Desert in 1925. Stumbling upon an ancient tomb, the hunters unwittingly set loose a 3,000-year-old legacy of terror, which is embodied in the vengeful reincarnation of an Egyptian priest who had been sentenced to an eternity as one of the living dead.

VISUAL REVIEW BY KAT BRUCE

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Daniel 12:2. Many of those whose bodies lie dead and buried will rise up, some to everlasting life and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

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Ephes. 1:9. God's secret plan has now been revealed to us; it is a plan centered on Christ, designed long ago according to his good pleasure.

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Rev. 20:12
I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before God's throne. And the books were opened, including the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to the things written in the books, according to what they had done.

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Hosea 13:14, Should I ransom them from the grave? Should I redeem them from death? O death, bring forth your terrors! O grave, bring forth your plagues! For I will not relent!

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Ezekiel 37:1-3. The Lord took hold of me, and I was carried away by the Spirit of the Lord to a valley filled with bones. He led me around among the old, dry bones that covered the valley floor. They were scattered everywhere across the ground. Then he asked me, "Son of man, can these bones become living people again?"

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Isaiah 26:19. Yet we have this assurance: Those who belong to God will live; their bodies will rise again! Those who sleep in the earth will rise up and sing for joy! For God's light of life will fall like dew on his people in the place of the dead!

SPIRITUAL CONNECTIONS
THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD

by David Bruce

When the Jewish Prophet Ezekiel and the Christian Apostle Paul wrote about the resurrection of the dead in the Bible they gave film writers an endless source of material. Many of their ideas are present in The Mummy, intentional or not.

For example, Ezekiel could be the source of the skeleton army in The Mummy, which is also a tip of the hat to Ray Harryhausen's Jason and the Argonauts.

Ezekiel 37:1-10
     The Lord took hold of me, and I was carried away by the Spirit of the Lord to a valley filled with bones. He led me around among the old, dry bones that covered the valley floor. They were scattered everywhere across the ground. Then he asked me, "Son of man, can these bones become living people again?"
"O Sovereign Lord," I replied, "you alone know the answer to that."
     Then he said to me, "Speak to these bones and say, 'Dry bones, listen to the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Look! I am going to breathe into you and make you live again! I will put flesh and muscles on you and cover you with skin. I will put breath into you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.' "
    So I spoke these words, just as he told me. Suddenly as I spoke, there was a rattling noise all across the valley. The bones of each body came together and attached themselves as they had been before. Then as I watched, muscles and flesh formed over the bones. Then skin formed to cover their bodies, but they still had no breath in them.
     Then he said to me, "Speak to the winds and say: 'This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, O breath, from the four winds! Breathe into these dead bodies so that they may live again.' "
     So I spoke as he commanded me, and the wind entered the bodies, and they began to breathe. They all came to life and stood up on their feet—a great army of them.

In the film the mummy must eat human flesh to rejuvenate. This seems to follow along a very famous, yet curious and controversial statement that Jesus made. One that his followers never forgot:

John 6:53-55
So Jesus said again, "I assure you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you cannot have eternal life within you. But those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them at the last day. For my flesh is the true food, and my blood is the true drink.

The Apostle Paul makes it clear that resurrected bodies are different from from the original body that was buried. He uses the idea of planting a seed. In the film the mummy is raised different, he is immortal, this follows along the general path of Paul's argument:

1 Cor. 15:35-44
But someone may ask, "How will the dead be raised? What kind of bodies will they have?"  What a foolish question! When you put a seed into the ground, it doesn't grow into a plant unless it dies first. And what you put in the ground is not the plant that will grow, but only a dry little seed of wheat or whatever it is you are planting...  
     It is the same way for the resurrection of the dead. Our earthly bodies, which die and decay, will be different when they are resurrected, for they will never die. Our bodies now disappoint us, but when they are raised, they will be full of glory. They are weak now, but when they are raised, they will be full of power. They are natural human bodies now, but when they are raised, they will be spiritual bodies. For just as there are natural bodies, so also there are spiritual bodies.

Jesus made the ultimate statement concerning the resurrection of the dead when he raised Lazarus from the dead:

John 11:34-44
     "Where have you put him?" (Jesus) asked them.
They told him, "Lord, come and see."  Then Jesus wept. The people who were standing nearby said, "See how much he loved him." But some said, "This man healed a blind man. Why couldn't he keep Lazarus from dying?"
     And again Jesus was deeply troubled. Then they came to the grave. It was a cave with a stone rolled across its entrance. "Roll the stone aside," Jesus told them.
     But Martha, the dead man's sister, said, "Lord, by now the smell will be terrible because he has been dead for four days."
     Jesus responded, "Didn't I tell you that you will see God's glory if you believe?" So they rolled the stone aside. Then Jesus looked up to heaven and said, "Father, thank you for hearing me. You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so they will believe you sent me." Then Jesus shouted, "Lazarus, come out!" And Lazarus came out, bound in graveclothes, his face wrapped in a headcloth. Jesus told them, "Unwrap him and let him go!"

John 11:25-26
Jesus told her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die like everyone else, will live again.  They are given eternal life for believing in me and will never perish. Do you believe this, Martha?"

All Bible scriptures quoted from The New Living Translation. ©Tyndale

BULLETIN BOARD

INTERESTING
Subject: Interesting The_Mummy
Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2001
From: Jonathan

Personally I liked the movie. It was great action adventure that was in the same vein as Indiana Jones, which happens to be one of my favorite film characters. The one thing that I disagree with in regards to the spiritual examination of The Mummy, is that the passage from Ezekiel that was quoted, does not refer to the resurrection from the dead. In the greater context you see that the vision of the valley of dry bones, and their subsequent coming back to life, refers to the restoration of Israel, after their period of being in Exile. Many people mistakenly believe that this refers to a "final resurrection of the dead", but in the context of the passage, you realize that it is in regards to Israel's "restoration" as a people and a nation. Interesting insight. Jonathan

Response: Yes you are right. The intent was not to take away from the original meaning. Rather the intent was to call attention to a biblical passage similar to the visual in the film. -David

RENT "THE MUMMY"
October 17, 1999 We rented the Mummy tonight and thought it was quite good. No sex or heavy duty swearing. I liked the chemistry between the main actors. Anything Brandon Frasier is in is usually good. He has a boyish type sex appeal. Never did get use to the beetles though. Definitely, for the older children. Your review was on the money.
--Karen Harkins

NO SEX
July 13, 1999. I really liked this movie; there was no sex. They barely even kissed. I'm so tired of seeing erotic love scenes in every movie I go to, so to watch a movie that was this innocent was truly a breath of fresh air.--Jessi

TOO VIOLENT
July 3, 1999. I was disturbed by this movie. In the UK it has a 12 certificate but I gave up long ago trusting the film classification board. The violence is more often implied than explicit but even that would be very disturbing to anyone who was not already thoroughly desensitised by a regular diet of screen nastiness. The hanging scene was, I thought, particularly shocking. To call this 'comic-book' violence is ridiculous. One reviewer said the injection of humour made it less scary. I disagree. All this does is encourage the idea that violence is a big laugh. And to think he took his 9 year-old daughter, and intends to rent it our when it arrives on video!!! I despair of our standards when I read things like that. I would certainly not allow my children (13 and 11) to see this movie. Do we really want to be entertained by this sort of thing? Violence is a fact of life, and it should disturb and upset us; all movies like this do is make it easier for us to accept it when it happens in real life. I went to see this movie on the basis of the positive review this site gave it. To my mind this was not a responsible piece of reporting. Other reviewers called it 'fun'. I must be from a different planet... Will others please comment and tell me I'm not alone on this one... -Matthew
My response:
Gosh Matthew, I don't know what to say. It was comic-book violence to me. My kids and I had a great time.I will say this, I really appreciate the concern you have for your children. I wish every father felt as deeply as you do.

INTERESTING MIX
June 30, 1999. I thought it was interesting how they mixed special effect horror makeup with a comedic story line.

GREAT MOVIE EXCEPT THE ACTING
June 26, 1999. I thought The Mummy was a fantastic movie but the acting wasn't all that crash hot. I really got into it in the second half... I have seen it three times, it would be superb if they got better actors on stage -Lauren

TOO VIOLENT
June 10, 1999. I really didn't like this movie at all. I found myself rather disturbed by all the gross effects and killings. After a half hour of hiding behind the palms of my hands, I let conviction take over and I left. I don't consider myself an over sensitive person, but just really couldn't justify sitting there any longer. I especially find it sad to hear that people took their little kids to see this movie. Hello! PG-13 is there for a reason. Parents, think about what your kids are putting in their heads and the effects it's going to have on them as they struggle in the years ahead to take their thoughts captive! --Amy
KAT'S RESPNSE: IT'S COMIC BOOK VIOLENCE AND, LIKE ALL COMICS,THE GOOD GUYS WIN.

EFFECTS BLENDED WELL WITH THE STORY
June 1, 1999. I really enjoyed this movie. The critical word on the street was that it was all effects and no substance. All though the film is full eye catching effects they really blended in well with the story. A lot of the effects were very fresh and unique. The movie served it's purpose as well as good entertainment. It's a fun diversion with great sound and visuals. An easy pitfall for commentary on movies of this type is that it tries to promote an ancient religion that re-animates the dead. That's really not the sense I got here. It was just a story that was fun to watch. Does it solve the world's problems? No. Is it a fun way to spend a couple of hours? Certainly. --Reid

GLAD IT WAS FILLED WITH HUMOR
May 18, 1999. My family really liked this movie. I'm glad it was filled with humor because some of the scenes would've been even more scary. I jumped a few times. and my 9yr old daughter hid her face a few times. Did not like the way scripture was used, but we will rent this movie when released on video. Loved the surround sound. Joe

BRUCE WILLIS MEETS "INDIANA JONES"
May 12, 1999. Bruce Willis as Indiana Jones meets Dawn of the Dead. That's all I can say. Good visual shots, loved the cinematography but the acting! Wheeeew! El stinko! I barely made it through the movie for the sake of my Son. But if your going to see any part of this movie pay attention to the airplane scene, when it crashes, then walk out.--Ed

SPECIAL EFFECTS, OUT OF THIS WORLD
May 10, 1999. My name is Ian from NY and I thought that this movie was great and the special effects are out of this world. I am at Highlinder2000@hotmail.com

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