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The Mummy Returns (2001)

A movie directed by Stephen Sommers

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"Ah the old 'wipe out the world' ploy."

  • Nov 16, 2006
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 back on board. Something that up until the last few years, actors had a tendency to avoid doing, thus giving sequels a big reason to suck. Before continuing, I highly recommend you return to the first movie and check it out first since A.) it came before this one anyway (duh) and B.) I thought it was much better.

Rick and Evelyn are married now (hooray, hooray) and have a son, Alex. Everyone is at a dig site, minding their own business – Alex building a better mouse trap (literally), Rick following his wife, guns drawn, and Evelyn in the lead, and who keeps getting visions of something long past. They find the Bracelet of Anubis, said to be the Scorpion King’s, and when they get back to England, Alex’s boyish curiosity lands him in a pickle with the bracelet snapped around his wrist…and unwilling to come off.

Meanwhile, Ardeth is scoping out a huge undertaking by a reborn Anck Su Namun to find Imhotep’s mummified corpse and bring him back to life. Why? Aside from the fact that he was her lover in a past life, it also happens to be the Year of the Scorpion, and with the Bracelet of Anubis and immortality, Imhotep should have no problem facing the Scorpion King, killing him, taking control of Anubis’s army, and ruling the world. At least, that’s the plan – if Rick, Evelyn, Jonathan, and a few other characters don’t foil it.

My biggest problems are only two. First off, too much CGI. I know, I know, go ahead and sue me, but it was like they wanted to do way too much stuff, a lot of which I felt was unnecessary. Pygmy mummies? Come on – how lame is that? I might have forgiven everything had it not been for the decision to make The Rock’s face computer generated. The second Mortal Kombat movie was really, really bad, but at least they fused a real person’s face and torso to a CGI horse body for a character named Montaro – and it looked good. Or for a more up-to-date example, The Chronicles of Narnia did tons of this and I support it whole-heartedly. But hey, what can you do?

The second problem was with Jonathan’s character. He seemed almost revamped to me. In the first movie he was drinking wine and shooting people with the best of them, obviously not thinking a thing of it. Sure he had his freak-out moments, but overall, he was great under pressure. Here, he’s slightly annoying, vying for the place of biggest coward with an 8-year-old. He seemed weaker, and I didn’t like it. Maybe I’m the only one who thinks so, but I do.

Some of the dialogue is a little corny (hold off on some of the one-liners please), but the characters are still great. Along with the original cast of Brenden Frasier (Rick), Rachel Weisz (Evelyn), John Hannah (Jonathan), Arnold Vosloo (Imhotep), and Oded Fehr (Ardeth), we get some new faces. Freddie Boath as Alex (who is so cute – in the outtakes he’s trying to say a line, “My dad is going to kick your ass,” and the kid just can’t bring himself to swear), and Shaun Parkes as the very amusing Izzy (you can also see him in Masterpiece Theatre’s Casanova). Kudos to everyone for a job well done.

Other than all that, it’s a pretty good movie. It’s not as good as the first one, by far, but still enjoyable. Plenty more action, adventure, romance, and comedy. Would you believe that you actually feel sorry for Imhotep at the end? Hehe.


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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 . March 15, 2002
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review by . May 02, 2001
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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 ...

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Director: Stephen Sommers
Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: May 4, 2001
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Stephen Sommers
DVD Release Date: July 08, 2008
Runtime: 130 minutes
Studio: Universal Pictures
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