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Proving that bigger is rarely better,The Mummy Returnsserves up so much action and so many computer-generated effects that it quickly grows exhausting. In his zeal to establish a lucrative franchise, writer-director Stephen Sommers dispenses with such trivial matters as character development and plot logic, and charges headlong into an almost random buffet of minimum story and maximum mayhem, beginning with a prologue establishing the ominous fate of the Scorpion King (played by World Wrestling Federation star the Rock, in a cameo teaser for his later starring role in--you guessed it--The Scorpion King). Dormant for 5,000 years, under control of the Egyptian god Anubis, the Scorpion King will rise again in 1933, which is where we findThe Mummy's returning heroes Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz, now married and scouring Egyptian ruins with their 8-year-old son, Alex (Freddie Boath).

John Hannah (as Weisz's brother) and Oded Fehr (as mystical warrior Ardeth Bay) also return from The Mummy, and trouble begins when Alex dons the Scorpion King's ancient bracelet, coveted by the evil mummy Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo), who's been revived by... oh, but does any of this matter? With a plot so disposable that it's impossible to care about anything that happens, The Mummy Returns is best enjoyed as an intermittently amusing and physically impressive monument of Hollywood machinery, with gorgeous sets that scream for a better showcase, and digital trickery that tops its predecessor in ambition, if not in payoff. By the time our heroes encounter a hoard of ravenous pygmy mummies, you'll probably enjoy this movie in spite of itself. --Jeff Shannon

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CastAlun Armstrong, Rachel Weisz, Oded Fehr, Arnold Vosloo, Brendan Fraser, Dwayne Johnson, John Hannah
DirectorStephen Sommers
Genre:  Action, Adventure
Release Date:  May 4, 2001
MPAA Rating:  PG-13
Screen WriterStephen Sommers
DVD Release Date:  July 08, 2008
Runtime:  130 minutes
Studio:  Universal Pictures
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review by . June 26, 2008
Pros: fun, humorous, good adventure, endearing characters     Cons: slapdash CGI and an anticlimactic villain     The Bottom Line: Enjoyable but flawed...     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. "No harm ever came from opening a chest." ~Evie       "Yeah, right, and no harm ever came from reading a book. You remember how that one went?" ~Rick      Rick and Evelyn …
review by . November 16, 2006
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Pros: DVD has outtakes! Whoohoo!     Cons: Some ridiculous CGI, dialogue     The Bottom Line: While not as great as the first movie, it makes for another great adventure in the land of Egypt     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot. Because The Mummy was such a success, I guess its creators decided making a second one might not be such a shabby idea. Especially since all the actors were ready to get right …
review by . March 15, 2002
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THE MUMMY RETURNS is a sequel to 1999's THE MUMMY. It is an Indiana Jones wannabe crossed with a classic horror flick and flavored with a dash of cutting edge special effects. The combination works brilliantly, bringing forth a modern action-adventure franchise full of Abbot and Costello self-parody.THE MUMMY RETURNS takes place 8 years after THE MUMMY ended. Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraiser) has married Evelyn (Rachel Weisz) and they have produced an extremely resourceful and witty son named Alex …
review by . May 02, 2001
Pros: Great Specail effects.     Cons: Bad Pacing, little character development, many gapse in logic.     The Bottom Line: This is one Mummy that should have stayed Buried.     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot. The Summer movie season is back and with it comes a slew of big budgeted films all vying for box office dollars. The Summer movie season is also the time when a barrage of sequels are unleashed …
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