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The Mummy Returns (2001)

aka The Mummy Returns

"The most powerful force on earth is about to be unleashed by the two people who should know better."

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Details: 130 mins · English, Arabic · PG-13 (USA)

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Unlike its prequel film, 'The Mummy Returns' takes a decidedly less dark ambience in exchange for a greater scope in the story and even the development of a side story, that of the Scorpion King, which would go on to spawn a number of spin-off films, most notably starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

In 'The Mummy Returns', Rick and Evie have married and had a son named Alex. Unfortunately for them, high priest Imhotep (the juicy mummy from the first movie) has returned from the underworld. He teams up with his past-life lover and a host of fanatics to, once again, threaten the world with destruction.

The character development, especially of Rick and Evie's characters, seems somewhat slow compared to the first film, but I think this is compensated by the presence of their son Alex. 'The Mummy Returns' shifts perspective from the two adventurers to their progeny, who represents a mix of Rick and Evie; Alex has his father's adventurous and thrill-seeking spirit and his mother's pencha...(more)

Unlike its prequel film, 'The Mummy Returns' takes a decidedly less dark ambience in exchange for a greater scope in the story and even the development of a side story, that of the Scorpion King, which would go on to spawn a number of spin-off films, most notably starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

In 'The Mummy Returns', Rick and Evie have married and had a son named Alex. Unfortunately for them, high priest Imhotep (the juicy mummy from the first movie) has returned from the underworld. He teams up with his past-life lover and a host of fanatics to, once again, threaten the world with destruction.

The character development, especially of Rick and Evie's characters, seems somewhat slow compared to the first film, but I think this is compensated by the presence of their son Alex. 'The Mummy Returns' shifts perspective from the two adventurers to their progeny, who represents a mix of Rick and Evie; Alex has his father's adventurous and thrill-seeking spirit and his mother's penchant for book smarts, which drive the story from beginning to end. Even though much of the focus is on Alex, Rick and Evie's characters also discover something about important themselves. I won't give too much away, but they each deal with their respective enlightenments to completion while at the same time artistically including the familial Rick/Evie/Alex unit as their character's motivations.

Compared to 'The Mummy', the sequel amps up the action and consequences of it tenfold. Not only do the O'Connell's have to stop Imhotep, they must also stop a much darker power, which requires they trot all over the globe; from the temple at Karnak to well up the Nile river and so many places in between. And along the way there's still romance, action, mystery, thrills and so much more. Twice the mummies, twice the scarabs, and twice the Brendan Fraser. (less)

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Not bad follow-up to the mummy, the humor is the same and the plot original and well connected to the first. My only complaint is the scorpion king and the making of him, to me it seemed somewhat amateur-ish compared to how the made the mummy, he was too clumsy and computerised. But the hole of the movie is still good

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Definitely my favourite of the lot. Granted, the plot isn't as tight as in the first one, but it's more enjoyable. I love young Alex, and the relationship between Eve and Rick just works! So much chemistry there. And of course, Jonathan is always good for a laugh :)

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Cast:

Small Richard 'Rick' O'Connell
Small Evelyn O'Connell/Princess Nefertiri
Small Jonathan Carnahan
Small High Priest Imhotep
Small Ardeth Bay
Small Mathayus the Scorpion King
No_movie_poster Alexander O'Connell
Small Meela Nais/Anck Su Namun
Small Baltus Hafez
Small Lock-Nah
Small Izzy Buttons
No_movie_poster Red
No_movie_poster Jacques
No_movie_poster Spivey
No_movie_poster Pharaoh Seti I
No_movie_poster Shafek
No_movie_poster Showgirl with Jonathan
No_movie_poster Mountain of Flesh

Crew:

No_movie_poster Alan Silvestri Original Music Composer
Small Stephen Sommers Director
No_movie_poster Sean Daniel Producer
No_movie_poster James Jacks Producer
No_movie_poster Adrian Biddle Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Bob Ducsay Editor
No_movie_poster Ray Bushey III Editor
Small Stephen Sommers Writer
No_movie_poster Bob Ducsay Editing
No_movie_poster Kelly Matsumoto Editing
No_movie_poster Ray Bushey III Editing

Taglines:

"The most powerful force on earth is about to be unleashed by the two people who should know better."

Plot:

In 3067 BC, the Scorpion King leads his army on a campaign to conquer the world. Seven years later, the Scorpion King and his army are defeated and exiled to the desert of Ahm Shere. His men die of heat exhaustion, leaving only the Scorpion King. Vowing to give Anubis his soul for the power to defeat his enemies, an oasis is created to hide the Scorpion King's pyramid and giving him a legion of humanoid jackal warriors to seek revenge. The Army of Anubis sweeps across Egypt, destroying everything in its path, but once their task is finished Anubis claims the Scorpion King's soul and his army.


In 1933, Rick and Evelyn O'Connell explore a ruined mortuary structure in the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes with their son, Alex. They find the Bracelet of Anubis. In London, Alex puts on the bracelet, which shows him a vision with directions to the Oasis of Ahm Shere. Alex has seven days to reach the oasis, or the bracelet will kill him the moment the sun's rays shine on the Scorpion King's pyramid; at that point, the Scorpion King and his army will reawaken.


Evelyn is captured by an Egyptian cult who have resurrected Imhotep; they wish to use Imhotep's power to defeat the Scorpion King, which would give him command of Anubis' army. The cult, led by Baltus Hafez, the British Museum's curator, includes a warrior named Lock-Nah and Meela Nais, the reincarnation of Imhotep's love Anck-su-namun. The O'Connells set out to rescue her, accompanied by Evelyn's brother Jonathan and the Medjai Ardeth Bay.


After having discovered the bracelet is missing, they attempt to kill Evelyn, however a fight ensues between Rick and Imhotep. Imhotep then calls on the help of his mummified soldiers to kill them. After freeing Evelyn they flee on a double-decker bus. After defeating them, Alex is kidnaped and they travel across Egypt to rescue him along with Rick's associate from his past adventures, Izzy, a pilot, who provides the group with transportation.


The bracelet gives Alex visions, directions to Ahm Shere that the cult follows. At each location, Alex leaves clues for his parents, who follow in Izzy's dirigible. Imhotep uses the Book of the Dead to give Meela Nais the soul of Anck-su-namun but by doing so he allows Evelyn to unlock the memories of her previous life as Princess Nefertiri, the bracelet's keeper and Pharaoh Seti I's daughter. Lock-Nah discovers that Alex has been leaving clues, so Imhotep makes a wall of water that attacks the dirigible. The O'Connells crash in the jungle of Ahm Shere. Izzy stays with the dirigible in hopes of repairing it. The O'Connells attack the cult, and both groups are attacked by pygmy mummies. Rick retrieves Alex while Ardeth Bay kills Lock-Nah. They escape from the pygmies, who kill most of the cult except for Baltus. Imhotep and Anck-su-namun are unharmed due to Imhotep's powers and Anck-su-namun being the keeper of the Book of the Dead.


Rick and Alex run to the pyramid, barely making it before sunrise. The bracelet detaches from Alex's arm. Ardeth regroups with the Medjai in case Anubis' army rises. Anck-su-namun stabs Evelyn and kills her. Rick, grieving, pursues Imhotep. Baltus puts on the bracelet and revives the army. As Imhotep walks into the pyramid, Anubis takes his powers, wanting Imhotep to fight as a mortal. Rick finds Imhotep summoning the Scorpion King and they fight. The Medjai engage the army. The Scorpion King interrupts Rick and Imhotep's fight. Imhotep tells the Scorpion King that he is the Scorpion King's slave, but Rick was sent to kill him. During Rick and the Scorpion King's fight, who kills Baltus. Jonathan and Alex collaborate to steal the Book of the Dead from Anck-su-namun. Alex uses the book to resurrect Evelyn, who duels with Anck-su-namun. In a direct reference to the first film, Alex asks Jonathan for help to decipher a hieroglyph; the same hieroglyph Evelyn had to translate for Jonathan in first film.


Alex and Jonathan go help Rick while Evelyn fights Anck-su-namun. It is revealed that the scepter that Jonathan has been carrying extends into a spear that can kill the Scorpion King. The Medjai seemingly defeat Anubis' army despite heavy casualties, but see that they have only defeated the vanguard, and the full army is charging towards them. However, before the Anubis warriors hit the Medjai lines, Rick succeeds in killing the Scorpion King, sending him and his army back to the Underworld. The Scorpion King's death breaks his oath with Anubis, causing the oasis to turn back into a desert, and the oasis to be sucked into the pyramid. Rick and Imhotep are hanging from the edge of a pit that leads into the underworld. Evelyn risks her life to save Rick, but Anck-su-namun refuses to do the same for Imhotep, and abandons him. Heartbroken about her desertion, he lets go of the ledge, falling into the underworld, to his death. Anck-su-namun, running away from the pyramid, falls into a pit of flesh-eating scarab beatles.


The O'Connells reach the top of the pyramid, which is being sucked into the desert. Izzy arrives with a modified dirigible and saves the O'Connells. Jonathan grabs the diamond at the top of the pyramid. Ardeth Bay salutes them as they fly over him.

Release Dates:

DVD : 2001-10-02