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 (Freddie Boath). Most of THE MUMMY's original cast is back including my favorite character, Evelyn's hokey brother Jonathan (John Hannah). Anyway, in this movie some really evil guys have dug up and resurrected mighty mummy Imhotep (Arnold Voslor). The whole world is in danger because not only can Imhotep spew plagues from his mouth but if he gets his hands on a pretty bracelet he can control the dog-headed demon army of his former arch nemesis, The Scorpion King (The Rock). Then he will be invincible and can conquer the world. Since O'Connell has defeated Imhotep before he's the only one who can stop him this time around.
This is a mind candy movie equivalant to a week-long sugar high. Therefore, most of the acting is cheesy. However, Fraiser pulls off a remarkable performance considering he's second billing to the real star of the movie. That star belongs to the special effects. There is something to amaze you every five minutes: from mummies to flesh-eating pygmies to dog-headed demons to a giant flood. It's one of the cheapest roller coasters around.
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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 ...