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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 de...
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.