Sunday, August 14, 2022

Old School Adventure Movies You Have to Watch

Adventure movies can sometimes be tacky and messy, but it’s for that reason that we love them, especially the old ones.

The Mummy (1999-2001)

The Mummy. © Alphaville Films/ Universal Pictures. 1999. (source : moviehousememories).

The Mummy is a thrilling and gripping epic set in the Sahara Desert in 1925 about a treasure-hunting voyage. During an archaeological dig at the ancient city of Hamunaptra, explorer Rick O’Connell (Brendan Fraser) and Egyptologist Evelyn Carnahan (Rachel Weisz), as well as a group of archaeologists, unintentionally unleashed a 3,000-year-old trail of horror by finding upon an ancient tomb, which is represented in the malevolent reincarnation of an Egyptian priest named Imhotep who’d been condemned to a lifetime as one of the undead.

The Mummy Returns. © Alphaville Pictures/ Universal Pictures. 2001. (source : amazon).

In the Mummy Returns, Imhotep, the vengeful mummy, returns to cause mayhem in his never-ending pursuit of power and eternal life. To complicate things, another ancient villain, even more terrifying than Imhotep, the Scorpion King, has been awakened because Rick and Evelyn’s son Alex put on the bracelet of Anubis. Only the daring Rick O’Connell and his valiant Egyptologist wife are the evils’ obstacle as they start on a perilous journey to save humanity and their son.

Jumanji (1995)

Jumanji. © TriStar Pictures/ Interscope Communications/ Teitler Film/ Sony Pictures Releasing. 1995. (source : themoviedb).

A mysterious board game pulls Peter (Bradley Pierce) and Judy Shepherd into a land of adventure (Kirsten Dunst), more like making their world the game. The kids discover a strange wilderness-themed board game called Jumanji in the attic of an old mansion that they had just move into while touring it. When they begin playing, they release Alan Parrish (Robin Williams), who has been trapped for decades in the game’s inner world aka the jungle. The kids can liberate Alan for permanently if they win the game, but they’ll have to fight gigantic bugs, misbehaving monkeys, and even stampeding rhinoceros.

Spy Kids (2001)

Spy Kids. © Troublemaker Studios/ Dimension Films. 2001. (source : movieposters.ha).

A couple of teenagers turn into spies in order to save their retired-spies parents from an evil genius called Floop (Alan Cumming). Carmen (Alexa Vega) and Juni (Daryl Sabara), carrying high-tech gadgets and futuristic vehicles, will boldly fly through the air, dive beneath the seas, and traverse the globe in a series of exciting adventures on a mission to save their parents and possibly the entire world.

The Adventures of Shark Boy & Lava Girl (2005)

The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl 3D. © Dimension Films/ Miramax Films/ Columbia Pictures/ Troublemaker Studios/ Sony Pictures Releasing. 2005. (source : Pinterest).

Max (Cayden Boyd), bullied by his peers, retreats into his own fantasy. Dreaming up an action-filled world of Lavagirl (Taylor Dooley) and Sharkboy (Taylor Lautner). Then one day, Lavagirl and Sharkboy emerge, and their world, Planet Drool; is in desperate need of a saviour named Max. Max fights invaders and seeks to rescue his new friends’ world from catastrophe as he travels to Planet Drool. He also fights his bullies that are made into villains in the fantasy, and other people in his life such as the Ice Princess (Sasha Pieterse).

Scooby-Doo (2002-2004)

Scooby-Doo. © Mosaic Media Group/ Propaganda Films/ Good Machine/ Stillking Films/ Village Roadshow Pictures/ Warner Bros. Pictures. 2002. (source : rottentomatoes).

The members of Mystery Inc. (Daphne, Fred, Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby-Doo) have split up over the dispute of deciding who’s always been solving their mysteries. They suddenly reunited after two years apart; to solve a mystery in a theme park on Spooky Island. Mondavarious is the proprietor of the said theme park.

Scooby-Doo 2 : Monsters Unleashed. © Mosaic Media Group/ Propaganda Films/ Good Machine/ Stillking Films/ Village Roadshow Pictures/ Warner Bros. Pictures. 2004. (source : Pinterest).

Scooby-Doo (Matthew Lillard), Velma (Linda Cardellini), Fred (Freddie Prinze Jr.), and Daphne (Sarah Michelle Gellar) return in the live-action sequel. Aside from dealing with the many creatures that are terrorizing their town, Coolsville. Scooby-Doo and team, also has to cope with tv reporter Heather Jasper-Howe (Alicia Silverstone); who is determined to undermine their research.

Syifa Ramadhani
An undergrad student who takes joy in writing.

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