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onager Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-16-08 01:38 PM
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28. I had the same reaction to The Mummy & Sequel...
One reason I liked The Mummy was that it stuck to the context of its time, which made it easier for me to suspend my disbelief. It was set in the 1920's and all the stuff in the movie fit that era: the shotguns, revolvers, etc.

They violated the hell out of that in the sequel, which was set in the 1930's but had people carrying Sten submachine guns--which hadn't been invented yet.

I realize that's an anal-retentive nitpick only a crackpot like me would care about. Far worse was draggging in the Annoying Kid Character, and that incredibly stupid "Scorpion King" ending. I just laughed at that, especially with The Rock(head) looking like he was afraid the costume might turn on him and kick his ass any moment. (Now THAT would be an ending worth watching!)

Still, no cinema abuse of the mummy concept comes close to the stupidity of Anne Rice's novelistic treatment. In her book, a woman is watching an ancient mummy unwrap himself and come to life. And as the wrapping comes off, the first thing she notices is...his beautiful eyes.

Right. If I saw a 4,000 year old corpse coming to life in front of me, I'd be getting the hell outta there. And probably doing a serious re-evaluation of my skepticism.
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