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I quite enjoyed the first film The Mummy so I expected to enjoy the follow up imaginatively entitled The Mummy Returns, naturally this being a srquel I did not expect to enjoy it quite as much as the original and on that count I was not disappointed as while it is an entertaining action adventure it is not as good as the first film as essentially you do not get that voayage of discovery about the characters as they are all by now rather established.
Brendan Fraser is again back as the adventurer Rick O'Connell and in this adventure which takes place seven years after the original escapade he and his wife Evelyn, again played by Rachel Weisz , discover the ancient Bracelet of Anubis however when ther son Alex puts the bracelt on he must remove it before it kills him.
In fact all of the cast are back with John Hannah as Evelyn's brother, Jonathan Carnahan who is there primarily to provide some laughs as the incompetent third leg to the exploring duo and Arnold Vosloo as the resurrected high priest Imhotep who wants to harness the power of the bracelet to control The Scoropian King who is played by former WWE wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
Once again as a viewer you are taken on a roller coaster ride of action adventure with some great stunts and some pretty impressive CGI. The genre is set firmly in the Indiana Jones style of films but The Mummy series have enough character to distinguish themselves. My one criticism of this film is that it stays too close to the style of the original one and could have done with trying to be a bit more different.
Still it is good entertainment value with a good cast who know how to play their roles and it is certainly a film worth seeing. You can buy it on Amazon for £3.97.
Although I never got to see The Mummy Returns in the cinema, when it first came out on DVD I bought it almost straight away. I was really excited to watch it because I had LOVED the first in the sequel; The Mummy, and I couldn't wait to find out whether or not this film was as good.
The Mummy and The Mummy Returns are both adventure films set in and around Egypt. I won't spoil the story by giving away too much so I'll try to keep this short by just telling you about the themes in this and not the stories themselves. There is a love story in this so a bit of romance in the film, as well as lots of comedy and there is lots of action and adventure scenes, including fighting, shooting and some violence. There is also some swearing but nothing too disgraceful, which explains why this is only a 12 certificate, I think it is suitable for ten years and older to watch although I'd recommend to parents that they watch this first themselves and then decide if they aren't sure.
The film was released in 2001 and its proper genre is action and adventure. There is a lot of very picturesque scenery in this film because of its Egyptian setting so you get to see the pyramids etc.
The main characters in this are played by Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz.
I would definitely recommend this film as I for one LOVED it. I thought it was just as good as the Mummy and I really, really enjoyed watching it. It is definitely worth renting out or buying on DVD. Although saying this it is shown on TV quite a lot so if you see it give it a go :)
The Mummy Returns is the second film in the series. This time the main characters Rick and Evelyn are married and have a son called Alex. They are back in Egypt this time Evelyn is following a dream she had where she was in a tomb. They discover the Bracelt of Anubis and take it back to England with them.
The story is about the Scorpion King who sold his soul to Anubis and was wiped away. He was later thought to just be a myth but he is raised again by a woman called Meela and she and Imhotep want to defeat him so that they can control the Army of Anubis.
Brendan Fraser is again Rick O'Connell and Rachel Weiss is his now wife Evelyn. John Hannah is back as her brother Jonathan and Arnold Vosloo is once again the brilliant Imhotep. The Scorpion King is played y Dwayne Johnson who is also known as the Rock from when he did wrestling. The boy Alex is played by Freddie Boath. One actor who I wasnt excpecting to see in the film was Bruce Byron who plays Terry in the Bill. He is one of the bad guys who are trying to get the bracelet for Meela. Meela is played by Patricia Velasquez.
I like this film a lot, it is just as exciting as the first one but may be a bit more scary and violent hence the 15 UK rating. It is a shame really as the characters are funny and with the boy Alex in the story it would be a really good film for kids especially if they have already seen the first one. The special effects are great and the music once again fits so well with the film and scenery.
I have found that I can watch these Mummy films over and over again and still find the stories gripping and interesting.
The film was once again directed by Stephen Sommers and it lasts for 130 minutes.
The Mummy Returns
The Mummy Returns is a good action adventure movie and a good follow up from the first movie!
Running: 131 minutes
Director: Stephen Sommers
Country: United States
Brendan Fraser as Rick O'Connell
Rachel Weiz as Evelyn Carnahan
John Hannah as Jonathan Carnahan
Arnold Vosloo as Imhotep
The story The Mummy Returns
It's almost 10 years later after the first movie where Rick and Evelyn defeated the mummy Imhotep and now they got an eight year old son called Alex. But at the same time a cult has summoned Imhotep from his dead and his plan is to conquer the world by defeating the Scorpion king. The Scorpion King lived thousands of years ago and was conquering the world with his army. Only when he and his army came into the desert they died of thirst, with only the Scorpion king alive. He called to the God of the underworld, Anubis, to trade his soul for defeating his enemies with his army. Anubis agreed and the Scorpion king defeated his enemies, but then lost his soul. Almost 5.000 years later Rick ,Evelyn and Alex find the bracelet of Anubis in a pyramid and bring it back to London where Alex tries the bracelet on. Right after the bracelet get active and there appears a image and instructions how to get to the oasis of Ahm Sere. Because its the year of the Scorpion, Alex only got 7 days to reach this Oasis, otherwise he will die. On the eight day the Scorpion king will rise with his army of Anubus and thats why Imhotep wants to defeat the Scorpion king so he will get the control over this army. For Rick and Evelyn they will have to do everything to make sure their son will survive, but if they will make it on time?
There are a few extras on the dvd as commentary from the director Stephen Sommers. He tells about how the movie is made and how it was to work again with the same actors. There are also outtakes where it's funny to see how the actors make mistakes. Then there are a few extras that focus on the special effects and how they made the mummy but also the army of Anubis, quiet interesting to watch.
I really enjoyed this movie and where there is always a big risk with a sequel, this one doesn't disappoint at all. It's a good sequel because all the actors from the first movie are in it and the same director. The storyline has progressed with time and it all makes sense. The story is believable, but this movie is more about the action and there is plenty of it and they have shot it beautiful and realistic. I loved the action in the first movie with the mummy; well it's even better in this movie with the army of Anubis. The special effects are great and really enjoyment to watch it. If you love action and adventure, you really have to see this movie because it won't disappoint you!
The Mummy Returns is the brilliant sequel to the original Mummy film. I really couldn't wait for the release of this film after having enjoyed the original so much. I really did find this film to be absolutely brilliant yet again and possibly even better than the original! I loved how they kept the same theme and once again had an excellent set. The film was just as exciting as it was before with some truly brilliant action scenes that will keep you well entertained throughout! I thought that the film was generally very good and I really would recommend it, especially if you are a fan of the original.
The film is this time about Rick O Connel who has now married Evelyn and now they are living in London, 9 years since the original was set. The corpse of Imhotep is found in the British museum however, and so the mummy is once again reserected. The O Connel's find themselves in an adventure that is more important and dangerous than ever. I really did like the story line and I think it is a great addition to the original.
The film stars Brendan Fraser and John Hannah who really are exceptional in the film and it really gave the film the quality that it needed. I thoguht the film had another very well suited soundtrack that tied in well with the film in general. I also really thought that the overall quality of production was once again and I loved how well it followed on as a sequel film. I hope this was useful and thank youu very much for reading this.
I saw this some time ago, but as I had recently seen the third and first of the films, decided it was best to review them in order! Firstly a piece of advice, although I will try my absolute best not to plonk in any big spoilers here (with regard to the first film - this will be hard) I think it is best not to see this review until you've watched the first film. It should make sense, but it's always better to do things in sequence!
I really enjoyed the first film, and so when The Mummy Returns came out, I was more than keen to see it.
**First - if you've not seen the first film, read this bit**
Evelyn Carnahan (Rachel Weisz), the clumsy librarian and her brother, Jonathan found an unusual, star shaped item inside a tomb, decided to investigate and went on an exploring journey. On their way, they met Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser), a prisoner, who agreed to help in return for his freedom. But there were other Americans on a treasure hunt and between the two gangs they managed to awaken a Mummy and activate a curse that would lead them battling to stop the Mummy taking over the world. The Mummy brought together its army for war and attempted to ressurect his girlfriend, Anck Su Namun, and give her Evy's body. Rick, Evy and Jonathon, with a little help from an unexpected source, fought to stop him. But did they manage to put the Mummy to rest again, for good?
The second film of the series has its own background story. We are introduced to a time when a failing warrior, the Scorpion King, sought help from Anubis (the Jackal-headed God in Ancient Egypt), who basically saved his life and provided an inexhaustible army to destroy his enemies. In return, he gave his soul (wow, he must really have hated his enemies!) and so the story goes that should he rise again, the first person to kill him would have command of the army of Anubis.
The Mummy, Imhotep's body is brought to a museum in London, but there is more to its purpose there. Meela Nais is out to ressurect Imhotep, and she has her reasons. If you recognise her from somewhere, you're soon to know why! Imhotep is on a mission to restore his power and together they plan to take over the world (and destroy the human race, as you do).
Rick and Evy are now married with a child called Alex, but things don't stay great for long, when yet again they become entangled in the Mummy's affairs and discover that they have a lot more to do with it than had originally realised. They discover the bracelet of Anubis, but then Alex puts it on and is kidnapped by Meela with the help of the evil Hafez and his group, to lead them to the resting place of the Scorpion King in the Ahm Shere desert.
With the help of Ardeth Bey and the Medjai army, can Rick and Evy stop Imhotep from reaching and killing the Scorpion King himself, in order to raise the Army of Anubis and wipe out humanity forever?
A bit much?
The story does try to cram in an awful lot, as you can probably see from the above, and it also has to assume some people have not seen the first film and so there's some amount of recap going on too. There are, mostly due to over-ambition, I think, errors peppered across the film. I won't list these, although you can find most of them - I'm sure some you will spot yourself just watching the film - on the IMDB website if you are really interested.
Personally I wasn't sure about bringing in marriage and a kid into the equation, but actually it is quite refreshing to see filmmakers telling us life doesn't stop there. Evy and Rick find out that they actually had roles from the time of Imhotep and Anck-Su-Namun, and this is a twist I felt was a bit too weird and not really necessary. Nevertheless, it turns out to be quite a good plot. It is more fast-moving than the first film and has far more action to fit in. I did however, find that it is hard to recall the whole story and make sense of it all after seeing it only the first time. You would probably be happy to see it again, but I'm not sure you should have to watch a film twice to know what you saw.
Brendan Fraser continues in his role as Rick O'Connell in this film, and is equally as good as before. Evy - now O'Connell as she has married Rick, is played again by Rachel Weisz, which I was also glad to see. Rachel's character was starting to get more exciting towards the end of the last film, but I really liked her in this one. The relationship is different now the two are married, but it does not ruin all the fun.
Jonathan Carnahan is continued by John Hannah, again another good choice of actor, and he is still as naughty and useless as ever. But there is a new addition to he family - young Alex O'Connell, the son of Evy and Rick. Now unfortunately the maths was not done properly, so he should not have been 8 in this film yet, but I think it was an idea age as he is old enough to know when he's being naughty and to try to help out, yet young enough to be very vulnerable. He's not a brilliant actor, and some of his lines were quite weak, but he fits the part well enough.
Ardeth Bey (Oded Fehr) is also back as their ally and friend, and his part has a little more presence in this film. I really liked this character and his union with Rick and Evy. Another helper needed on the scene is Izzy Buttons(Shaun Parkes), who brought in yet more humour to the film.
The actress who plays Anck Su Namun, Patricia Velasquez, who was kept as quite a mystery character in the first, was featured a lot more in this film. We get to find out more about her and more about the story behind the Mummy. I think Velasquez was actually a good choice for this role because she gives away just the right amount in every scene without spoiling it. She does seem more "naughty" than "evil", and I'm not really sure this was intended, but she was fun to watch. On the other hand Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo) and Hafez (Alun Armstrong) both continued as more serious characters. To be honest, Hafez looked the most evil of the three, and I think this was intentional.
Dwane Johnson a.k.a. The Rock plays the Scorpion King, a character, which has followed on into a movie in its own right. I can't claim to have seen it, but hopefully I will get round to that eventually.His role is brief but no less important.It was a bit difficult to see him as the character he was playing, but nevertheless where he was convincing he was very good.
I was not expecting it (as sequels are more often than not weaker) but the level of special effects and action in this film really exceeded the first film. It is debateable whether this is a good thing, and I'm sure there will be a lot of people that think too much was crammed in to avoid living up to the very reputation of sequels that I have mentioned. This is probably a more individual thing, but in my personal opinion, it made the film worth watching.
In the last film, Imhotep had his face in a sand storm, this time it is a huge water wave - although for some reason this wave doesn't actually wet people! The graphics again were great, and there were other great scenes too, like the Oasis in Ahm Shere, which looks even better in a hologram view that Alex gets to see when he puts on the bracelet of Anubis. I thought the battle figures, especially Jackal heads, although not perfect, made for good viewing too. There's plenty to see, and if for nothing else, this is one thing you might want to see the film for.
The film has been given a certificate 12, and is generally suitable for people over this age. I do think it is mostly people around the age of 12 who will really enjoy this film, and there was not masses to stop it from even being just PG. Okay, except some violence and people being killed by the Mummy again. As with the first film, I'd say that there are bound to be some that find it a bit too frightening, but if you can overcome the scary factor, it would be a great film for younger audiences. I think parents or people who know the kids well are really the best judge for this.
I was glad to have seen this film and overall I enjoyed it about as much as the first one. Although I wasn't sure about the storyline, I did find the film generally entertaining, and with a film like this, that's pretty much what I expect. I would be happy to see it again, probably a few times even. For this reason I'd actually recommend buying it. But if you've not seen the first film, I strongly recommend seeing that before you do see this one. They don't really fit together perfectly, and there are plenty of flaws that I notice the IMDB site as already listed - but in spite of all its errors, this is still a good film to see. In fact probably more fun still.
'If it ain't broke, don't fix it' would have been an ideal brief for 'The Mummy Returns'...how I wish writer/director Stephen Sommers had listened.
The usual suspects - Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah - and Arnold Vosloo are back. The first two have produced a son, an irritating wart who causes trouble as irritating warts will. Oded Fehr (George Harrison lookalike) is also back as Ardeth Bey. But then there's Dwayne Johnson. Who? The Rock. Who? The beefcake who eats a jelly scorpion in the desert and turns into...a scorpion, sort of.
It's a pity, when the rest of the movie is so engaging. The knife fight between Evie (Weisz) and Meela Nais (Anck Su Namun's modern incarnation played by Patricia Velasquez) is truly spectacular. The action in London is breathlessly paced and the Pigmy zombie things are a hoot. Even the snarly, digital Anubis warriors are imposing...
Then we come to 'The Scorpion King'. Oh dearie me. To be fair, the guy tried but you're left with a lasting impression - to do with hokum. At one point, I half expected Shaggy and Scooby to appear with the cops - if it wasn't for those darned kids, etc.
Take the alleged main monster with the deserved sack of salt and you'll be happy with this sequel. Just don't say you weren't warned...
The Mummy Returns is a sequel. There's a curse involved with sequels, you know. There's also a curse involved with Mummies. Doubly damned? Not in this case...
It's a rip-roaring adventure in the mould of Indiana Jones and... well, mostly Indiana Jones. Add a bunch of computer generated baddies, those pesky beetles, and an INCREDIBLY fake scorpion king hybrid at the end, and it reeks of derivative slop. You've seen it before, and it shouldn't work. But it does.
The plot follows the original: The two leads have married, and had a stereotypical blonde and slightly annoying son. They find an artefact which will (surprise!) unleash an ancient and terrible evil on the world.
And that's it. There's chases, fights galore, cavalry charges, everybody's favourite tattooed desert warriors, treachery, John Hannah being cowardly and English in a comedy vein, WWF's The Rock as the Scorpion King (briefly,) and of course, Arnold Vosloo as THE MUMMY (RETURNING). Oh, and the sure-to-be-reprised-in-the-next-one Cannibal Pygmy Mummies; an action figure opportunity if ever I saw one...
Brendan Fraser is so damned affable, Rachel Weisz is so damned attractive, and the whole premise is so cheesey, it's impossible not to get swept up in it. As far a CGI has gone, you can still see the joins, but the sheer pace of the story means you just don't care. A good, untaxing time to be had by all. Extra large popcorn, please, don't spare the cheez...
The Mummy Returns
From the first film Evie (Weiss) , an English Egyptologist, and her brother Jonathan (Hannah) coincidently meet american legionnaire Rick O' Connell (Fraser) in Egypt. After enduring a journey of unearthing long lost ancient treasure and destroying resurrected Mummies, Rick and Evie fall in love, get married and the threesome settle back in London, England.
The story of the second film introduces a new significant character - The Scorpion King,(Andreas Johnson, aka. The Rock) the protagonist of the whole film. Having given up his soul to Anubis, the God of the Dead, the Scorpion King lies asleep in the Pyramid. If awakened, the boundless army of Anubis rises with him, and whosoever manages to defeat the Scorpion King also gains command of the Anubis army, powerful enough to 'take over the world'...well, this is what the curator of the London British Museum reckons anyway...
And so, with the help of the descendent of Anuk San a Mun, Imhotep's beloved, the curator arranges a large scale search for Imhotep's mummified body - to resurrect him, with the notion that he would be the only one strong enough to deal with the Scorpion King. They are also on the quest to uncover bracelet of Anubis - the key to the Scorpion King's chamber.
The second instalment propels us forward several years since the first film. By now Evie and Rick also have an eight year old son, Alex. Evelyn has been having recurring vivid dreams - an unsatiable sense of déjà vu calls her back to investigate the archaeological remains in Egypt, and having, of course, persuaded a reluctant Rick and their ever curious son to accompany her.
Unsurprisingly, just as Evie and Rick discover the chest containing the Anubis bracelet, some of the curator's people walk in also intent on taking it. They manage to escape back to London, but of course, for the film to last long enough the baddies will have to be persistent - and so they manage to trace Evie and Rick to their London home to retrieve the bracelet.
Unaware of its powers, Alex plays around inquisitively with the bracelet. He even goes to try it on for size, and with a mind of its own the bracelet fixes itself onto his wrist. Unable to take it off, the bracelet also starts emitting images showing the way to the Scorpion King's place of rest.
The curator's people kidnap Alex, and so the plot continues with Evie, Rick & Co. racing against time to rescue Alex and also to stop the awakening of the Scorpio King...
The plot of the second film is much more complicated.
Sommers, with his vivid and animated imagination, is a very good story teller. Having created such a diverse and complex plot, almost everything is accounted for - laying down the foundations, gradually introducing the facts at appropriate times. The film also cleverly vibrates the motifs from the previous film, linking the continuity between the first and second films.
I like the way the film has developed the characters, making them more realistic and three-dimensional. Sommers creates little scenarios for these characters, showing us clearly their thought, emotions and intentions. As a result, we empathise with these people, almost as if on the same journey with them, feeling what they feel.
In particular, is the way the relationships are highlighted. During the beginning, as each of the characters are introduced - there is a pair sequence, a small scene for a pair of the characters - specifically written for them as an opportunity to show the audience their attitudes and traits. The only thing missing was a pairing between Evie and Jonathon, there doesn't appear to be anything to mark the state of their relationship. In fact, throughout the whole film they hardly speak to each other. The first film has already estabilished their closeness, they spend a lot of time together and in this film Jonathon lives with Evie and Rick. But that is as far as it goes. When Evie dies towards the end of the film, Jonathon hardly bats an eye-lid - this is your sister for goodness sake!
I wasn't particularly too convinced of Evie's character. It just didn't feel right. The previous film depicts Evie, as a highly knowledgeable Egyptologist - clever and smart, though also very clumsy and naïve.
In this film, Weiss appears to portray a very different woman - emotionally stronger and assertive than the suppressed little vulnerable Evie that we saw in the first film. I think this was to correspond to the new facts that are discovered in the film - that Evie, in her past life, is actually the Pharoah's daughter Nefertiri - a strong spirited warrior. It would be interesting to have seen a gradual change in character as the facts are discovered. Instead, we see a character that doesn't appear to correlate to the others, I don't know why this is, but somehow I personally felt a lack of chemistry between Weiss and all the other actors.
Most of the acting is pretty good, it does help when the casting has been done well. There is a lot of slapstick comedy and it helps a lot when you use the right actors who play comedy effortlessly. Hannah is superb and a natural. Fraser also compliments the humour well, though as the lead, the part doesn't really allow him to show off his best. However, Fraser's sense of comic timing is definitely one of the film's best assets.
This is a very well-thought-out film, the only thing that ruins it a little is the computer generated images of the Scorpion King towards the end of the film. Not sure if it there were technological restrictions, but really, after such great performances all around - to have such lame special effects is just disappointing.
The ending is a surprise with a twist. For me it was almost a shock and at the same time quite sad. After all the high action and energy, the emotional note at the end is very effective. It is, after all, the reason why the first film exists and draws to complete the second film.
Overall, this was a true spectacular summer blockbuster.
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A very nicely balanced movie which has got good special effect-good enough to attract young audience in our country.
The acting performace were upto the mark.I wont include actror/ess names to lengthen the review as you can the same by referring the movie ads. Lets stick to the movie review.
the concept revolves around the egyptian mummy and the curse over the mummy. This story is a sequel to 'The Mummy" and it goes really well with the latter. The usage of various insects to justify mummy power is a humorous event but well justified by sound and visual effe'cts.
Rock acted very well and repeated the performance as of scorpion king.
Its a nice universal movie for everyone. But it shouldnt be watched on a CD/DVD as it would not give the audio visual effects which a theatre eith dolby would give..
So hang on with your friends and find out a theatre where you can see this movie.!!
(orignially posted by me at CIAO)
Following the success of the 1999 remake of the 1932 film The Mummy, the cast and crew teamed up again two years later to make The Mummy Returns. Director Stephen Sommers took the helm again and gave us even more action than the first film with some impressive special effects and a thumping cast.
A few years on from the events in The Mummy, Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser) and his wife Evelyn (Rachel Weisz) are busy raising their 8 year old son Alex when they are thrust into action once more to battle the ancient priest Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo). Imhotep is attempting to ressurect the Scorpion King's army. If he succeeds, he will take over the world, destroying everything in his path.
I found the film immensely enjoyable, even more so than the first film. The acting is more confident from the leads, and the adventure seems to have a bit more money backing it up. The bravado of Rick combines well with the relative cowardice of Evelyn's brother Jonathan, and John Hannah does excellently portraying this character.
If you want a plot with no holes, then you will find it easy to criticise here. There are a few inconsistencies but only for those looking for them or tuned in enough to spot them. Ultimately, the aim of this film is to entertain. It is of a similar ilk to an Indiana Jones film, just adventure and entertainment combining well.
The computer imagery used for the Scorpion King (Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson) towards the end of the film are out of place, and this is pretty much my only criticism of the film. It just doesn't seem very real, and it disappointed me, if I am honest. I thought the special effects and computer graphic work throughout the rest of the film had been excellent up to this character, and I cannot fathom why they allowed this to be so. It did detract from the enjoyment of the film for me, as it took away from the level of reality my imagination was allowing me.
That having been said, this is still a very good film, and one I enjoyed immensely. The DVD is available from amazon.co.uk for £3.67.
the sequel of the mummy i myself usually think sequels are rubbish but trust me this isnt in fact i prefer it to the first ones. The o connels are back married and now with a child alex they come accross the bracelet of anabuis the key to unlocking the scorpion king. the trouble is is that they are not the only ones who want it. A group of people including the reincarted an-ak-su-na-mun plan to bring back im ohtep from the underworld as it is the year of the scorpion they want him to kill the scorpion kill and use his army to rule the world. Alex puts the bracelet on meaning imohtwp and his followers kidnap him as it provides the map to the pyramid where the scorpion king is.so the o-connels have to follow in a desperate bid to get there son-great film battles, an old aged fantasy
The most powerful force on earth is about to be unleashed by the two people who should know better.
- Introduction -
For those that haven't seen the original film, please go back to my profile and read that first! The Mummy released back in 1999 was a great film. I know most people, and me occasionally being one of them think a lot of sequels to movies are rubbish, especially compared to their originals. But this is where The Mummy Returns, released only 2 years after the original in 2001, is different. I watched this the night after The Mummy in time to see the new release The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor on the big screen!
- Plot -
Like the first Mummy, there's a scene at the beginning of the film that's set 5000 years prior to the story you're actually going to be watching - this just informs you a little about a villain you'll see later on in the movie called The Scorpion King (in which there was a spin off movie called The Scorpion King a year later in 2002). This opening scene is set in 3067 BC in the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes where a warrior only known to us as The Scorpion King leads his incredibly strong army to conquer the city - as most of these Ancient Egyptian leaders do! Luckily, for us and our fellow members of the Thebe Army, the majority of The Scorpion Kings army is killed, so he and his remaining soldiers retreat back into the desert of Ahm Shere. His only remaining soldiers die one by one from the obvious scorching heat and the lack of food and water, the not long after The Scorpion King was the only man left standing. He was slowing dying, so he decides to pray to the god of death, Anubis, and asks for his life to be exchanged for the power to defeat the soldiers of Thebes. He picked up a black scorpion that just happened to be running by his feet and ate it for a great oasis to form around him. He returns to Thebes with the Army of Anubis which looked like to me to be a never ending crowd of wounded soldiers.
Five hundred years later in 1933 (9 years later to their previous adventure 'The Mummy') and the stars of the movie Evy and Rick O'Connell are doing what they do best. This time they found an ancient chest in which contained the Bracelet of Anubis, which was in the shape of a Black Scorpion, immediately I knew what and who this linked too. Back at their incredibly large home in London, their son (a new character to the series), Alex, finds the bracelet and decides to put it on, not knowing some of the consequences of these ancient Egyptian items as he was not around 9 years earlier to experience his parents original adventure. When he puts the bracelet on, he is shown a virtual map which directs him to the oasis of Ahm Shere. By putting the bracelet on, Alex has set a timer - he has 7 days to get to Ahm Shere and enter a pyramid, if not The Scorpion King and his army will be awakened.
From here, the story starts to develop really fast. The next thing we know, Alex is kidnapped by an unholy Egyptian who has once again resurrected Imhotep's Mummy, who of course was seen in the original movie. The reason behind this is so that they can use Imhoteps unbelievable powers to kill The Scorpion King, capture his army and take over the world. The O'Connell's set out to save their son; their small army consists of Alex's parents Rick and Evy, Evy's helpless but hilarious brother Jonathan, and some extra help from the Medjai warrior that appeared in the previous film, Ardeth Bay.
As you can imagine, the events that follow this may give the story away a bit, but they need to stop The Scorpion King from being awakened and once again put Imhotep and his lover Anck-Su-Namun.
The cast are pretty much the same as the original movie back in 1999. These include the likes of Brenden Fraser, who again played one of the main role of Richard "Rick" O'Connell after director Stephen Sommers liked his performance in the film George of the Jungle prior to The Mummy in 1999. I feel in this he again performed incredibly well, and if anyone else were to be chosen the film probably would have gotten 3 out of 5 stars rather than 5 out of 5 which is what I've given this masterpiece of a movie.
Evelyn "Evy" Carnahan-O'Connell is once again played by Rachel Weisz who was very unfortunately not in the latest film 'The Tomb of the Dragon Emperor'. I saw the latest edition to the series earlier this week at the movies and can tell you now that without her it was no where near as good, even though Brendan Fraser and John Hannah were still in the film. Ms Weisz plays her character amazingly well again in The Mummy Returns and I still congratulate Stephen Sommers and James Jacks for choosing her to play the role of Evy.
Jonathan Carnahan is played by the marvellous actor John Hannah, who just like in the original Mummy is hilarious. The film wouldn't really have any humour in it if it wasn't for this guy, and what he does here in The Mummy Returns is what he does best, especially when he's playing the role for a man that can't fight who always manages to get himself stuck in situations that usually include several mummies. Another great aspect about his character is that he is obsessed with treasure and just wants an incredibly large fortune. For example near the end of the movie he is hanging from a floating ship, hanging on for dear life knowing all well that the pyramid below him is going to blow and second - yet he still dangles a little lower to pick up piece of treasure that's worth millions! This is John Hannah at his best, it really is.
Imhotep and Anck-Su-Namun are still played by Arnold Vosloo and Patricia Velásquez, both who play their roles very well. Freddie Boath played Alex O'Connell, and for a young boy I must say that he read Ancient Egyptian incredibly well. The new villain, The Scorpion King, is played by world famous wrestler 'The Rock'. I can't really comment on his performance too much as to be honest I can't even remember a word he says. He doesn't appear all that much in the film, only the part where he is awaken, and not long after destroyed before taking over the world.
- Special Effects -
The special effects in this movie are just as good as those seen in the original. The Rock, for example, was half man half scorpion. That for a starter looked amazing. The film is very modern and up to date with its special effects even though it's going on 8 years old! However, some of the special effects in this movie do feel like they're making the actors come second after the large amounts of impressive computer generated images, which did make me feel as if I was paying a lot more attention to the effects rather than the excellent performances in this movie.
- Soundtrack -
The soundtrack of The Mummy Returns is again available on CD - you can pick this up for just short of £10 from Play.com. Jerry Goldsmith composed the soundtrack for the first Mummy film, and fans say that the music in The Mummy was some of his best work. The same story is happening here, just with another composer! The music this time was composed by Alan Silvestri after Goldsmith turned the offer down to write music for the new hit film. He has a different approach to Goldsmith, but with 70minutes worth of amazing tracks to keep up with the pace of the fast, action-packed movie Silvestri did incredibly well, and his fans say it's some of his best work along with music for Cast Away and The Mexican.
- DVD Features -
The DVD of The Mummy Returns is a two disc blinder. It's packed full of features, including a DVD-ROM. The below features are all pretty self-explanotory so I won't bore you by blabbing on!
Audio Commentary from director Stephen Sommers and the cast
'Interview with The Rock' Featurette
'Spotlight on Location' Featurette
'The Scorpion King' Featurette'
'Egyptology 2001' Featurette
'The Chamber of Doom' Featurette
DVD-Rom Features include: Scorpion King footage, visual and special effects formations of Imhotep, the Pygmy Mummies, Anubis Warriors and the Scorpion King
Playstation 2 Game Trailer
Music Video: 'Forever May Not Be Long Enough'
- Prices -
You can The Mummy Returns (2 Discs) from Play.com for £6.99 brand new with P&P. I personally bought it used (as new condition) for £4 of Play.com. You should buy this, even if you have seen it before... bargain!
- Conclusion -
In my honest opinion, I think the first film was better than this one. The special effects are amazing in both films, but in this one I feel they took over the actors performances a little. Another thing I found when watching the film was that this one didn't glue my eyes to the screen - the storyline in the first film was much more appealing (to me, anyway!). A great movie though, and to me it still deserves the full 5 stars! Unmissable!
The first mummy film was great and as rare as it is this sequeal is even better in my opinion.
This is a action adventure movie a cross between raiders and the lost ark and romancing the stone but much more modern better shot and with some fantastic effects.
If you enjoyed the first film you will love this, it has more action more special effects, a more faster pace and is just a totally fun movie to watch.
starring the same cast as the first movie brendan fraser john hannah etc there is the usual comedy moments and one liners.
The storyline is as the title sugests the mummy returns to basically cause havok and destroy the world he awakens to continue his quest for immortality. But another force is also present.
So with brendan frasier and friends its up to them to save the world , usual type of thing but the film is so enetertainign you know what to expect but then again this delivers way much more.
Cant wait to see the 3rd film which is out soon or now i think
Many generations ago the high priest, Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo), loved the most forbidden woman in Egypt, the Pharaoh's mistress. For love of Anck Su Namun (Patricia Velasquez), he betrayed his position, his people, his country... and slaughtered his king. He brought havoc to the city to rescue her remains that he might perform the rite of resurrection, but the royal guard captured him before the ritual was complete. For the memory of her gilded touch Imhotep was punished with the worst of all ancient curses, the Hom-Dai. Mummified alive, bound and lost beneath the sands of time, he waits to rise again as a powerful and immortal being, reclaim his beloved, and rule the world!
Only a small tribe of dedicated desert warriors knows the tale, and they guard his tomb most vigilantly. Through a twist of Fate, two people have survived their swift justice. Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser) and the cowardly Beni (Kevin J. O'Connor) both know the location of Egypt's greatest treasure house. Evelyn Carnahan (Rachel Weisz), librarian and aspiring Baimbridge scholar, happens across an artifact linked to the legend of Hamunaptra, thanks to the quick fingers of her brother, Jonathan (John Hannah).
Ransoming Rick from a public execution, they form a small expedition, but quickly find that Beni has found his own treasure-hungry backers. Now it's a race to see who will get there first, but no matter who gets there first, they will find far more than they bargained for! Imhotep awaits them, and should he arise from this terrible curse he will spread his power like a plague across the face of the world!
~~~ My Thoughts ~~~
Evelyn: "No, I've never seen a mummy look like this before. He's still... still..."
Rick & Jonathan: "...juicy."
I remember hearing a lot of initial dissatisfaction over this 1999 film, but this was quickly overwhelmed by the film's popular support. I have to think that people were expecting something far more frightening upon first viewing. The Mummy is a fabulous piece of entertainment! Built around a classic legend, there is plenty of action, some great CGI moments that were fabulous on the big screen, solid acting, flavorful characters and a good old-fashioned adventure feel that is seldom seen outside of an Indiana Jones film. There is a certain touch of innocence found here that is rarely seen in films now, that marks the Mummy as a tribute to the classic adventure horror films that surely inspired its makers.
A delightful and thrilling adventure, The Mummy stands up to repeated viewings pretty well. There are plenty of humorous moments, like juggling the head of a mummy you've just decapitated and using a crawling mummy arm to reach your gun. The dialogue flows freely and is well delivered, whether serious or amusing in content. Fights are well choreographed, and the CGI really compliments the story very well. Sets and costumes add distinct flavor to the film.
Rick: "For the record, if I don't make it out of here, don't put me down for mummification."
The library scene with Evelyn wreaking havoc was shot in one take, and would have taken another whole day to shoot if anything had not gone as planned. Yet, her clumsiness seems completely natural and oddly charming, which really sets the tone for her character and the film itself. The chemistry between Fraser and Weisz is believable and rather sweet. Evelyn's character is certainly more knowledgeable about all things Egyptian, but definitely more innocent than Rick when it comes to staying alive.
Yet, Rick manages to convey that deliberate and very attractive innocence that comes through as an adventurer's sense of honor and genuine respect for the lovely Evelyn. Fraser shines as the life-hardened adventurer with a noble streak, and his origins are rather intriguingly mysterious. Jonathan is completely incorrigible and thoroughly believable as the endearing rascal, a good foil for both Evelyn and Rick. Jonathan is what Beni could have been if he had any class, cleverness, or charm. You can't help liking Jonathan even though you know he is a weak individual.
Evelyn: "You know, nasty little fellows such as yourself always get their comeuppance."
I was particularly impressed with O'Connor as Beni though. Leering, whining and cringing his way through all the action, O'Connor gave us a bad guy we can love to hate, and Beni delivers some great scenes throughout the film. When he is initially confronted by the freshly raised Imhotep, he desperately sorts through his many necklaces trying various religious symbols to drive the mummy away. Very amusing moment, and Beni is easily understood. Two things motivate him; greed and fear. Obviously shifty, born to betray, the perfect servant for Imhotep... we eagerly anticipate Beni eating his just desserts.
Vosloo as Imhotep is commanding, driven, and incredibly comfortable with his many powers. The film would not be the good adventure it is without a powerful and frightening villain. Mummy films before this never frightened me simply because they weren't intimidating enough. Traditionally slow, shambling and falling apart, Mummies before Imhotep were more pathetic than frightening. Vosloo rips away those moldy wrappings and gives us a monster worth fearing! Able to set in motion all the most infamous plagues from boils to fiery rain, Imhotep's powers are extend far beyond immortality. He is an indestructible preternatural force, like a sentient tornado he cuts across the screen boldly and believes in his right to live as a god.
Good story, plenty of action and adventure, laughs, romance, truly icky moments and the kind of horror that comes from realizing you've unleashed a nearly inexplicable force of domination and destruction upon the world makes for a great film. Fun, quotable and highly entertaining, The Mummy is a great adventure able to captivate a wide range of viewers. The lesser cautionary rating is largely for language and partial nudity, but there really isn't anything too offensive to be found here. The third Mummy movie is due to be released in August (2008). If the Mummy hasn't grabbed your attention, now is a great time to get acquainted!
Evelyn: "You better think of something fast, because, if he turns me into a mummy you're the first one I'm coming after."
The mummified corpse of Imhotep is taken to the British Museum in London. Whilst there he awakens to continue his quest for immortality. But another dark force has been unleashed on the world and when these two evil spirits meet the fate of the world is a risk.