How does an Aztec Lord take over a new and modernized civilization? By passing on an archaic virus, of course! In American Mummy, a group of university students make the discovery of a lifetime, which can also bring about the end of the world. Lord Tezcalipoca is out for blood... which is like black gold (oil) in the our present day.
I wanted so much to like this movie; I really did. The story is about one thing, bringing back the reign of Lord Tezcalipoca, but the way it's carried out left me as desiccated as the mummy itself.
I'll just go ahead and itemize my top dislikes for this movie- not to bash it though. I would NEVER deliberately say things about a movie to be cruel. This is strictly what I did not like about the movie... which is quite a bit, okay:
First, Dr. Lorbachovsky (the Russian) carried an awful accent. He came off weak in either Italian or Spanish to me. Whatever it was, it didn't sound Russian. Then there's the score. I am an a lover of movie scores, I own a ton of them, but this movie's soundtrack was a mix of spaghetti western and 1930's classical. It wasn't properly matched, unless it was supposed to be a spoof. Which leads me into my next dislike.
I couldn't tell if American Mummy was supposed to be taken serious or not. The ineptitude of some of the characters took away from what I felt should have been an ominous atmosphere. That's a great segue onto the topic of how poor the acting was. I couldn't attach myself to any of the characters and actually found myself happy when they were killed off. And speaking of dying, what was the deal with the "mummiphilia"? I wasn't grossed out, but making out with an ancient mummy- while still dried up and near fossilized? I died of laughter when that chic got her nasty up-comings. Not because she died, but because her feeble attempt of the stunt simply killed me.
What I can brag on, concerning American Mummy, was the cinematography was excellent in the break-away scenes. There's a scene of the mountains/boulders with an amazing blue sky and wispy white clouds overhead- amazing, rushing by that was breathtaking!
And that's it.
I did not like the movie, but I still have to give props to the people who put this together. I can't make a movie and probably wouldn't have the patience. With that being said, my review is complete. American Mummy released July of 2014; catch the movie anywhere you can rent video.
Directed by Charles Pinion
Produced by Greg Salman
Cinematography: Jenny Ramirez
Starred: Aaron Burt, Suziey Block, Peter Marr, and Aidan Bristow
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