The Mummy Returns
Director: Stephen Sommers
Writer: Stephen Sommers
Sequel to: The Mummy
Cast: Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo, Patricia Velasquez, Oded Fehr, Freddy Boath, Alun Armstrong, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Shaun Parkes, Dwayne Johnson
Rick (Brendan Fraser) and Evy (Rachel Weisz) are still working as archeologist, though by now they are bringing their 8-year-old son Alex (Freddie Boath) with them. When they stumble upon the bracelet of Anubis that is connected to the legend of the Scorpion King (Dwayne Johnson), they soon discover that they aren’t the only ones after it. In fact, it’s again re-awakened Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo) who plans on using the bracelet. And that’s just the beginning of their troubles.
[I actually thought that I had already seen this film when it came out, but it turns out, I haven't. Oh well.]
The Mummy Returns was a lot more entertaining than a sequel actually has any right to be. But I’m not complaining – it was again really enjoyable.
Let me perfectly clear, The Mummy Returns isn’t as good as The Mummy. The Mummy already skirted pretty close to the edge of being too ridiculous for its own sake a couple of times, though it manages to be perfectly footsure. The Mummy Returns does stumble sometimes and there were moments where I thought it would fall over the edge. It never actually did, but they did cut it close.
Especually the showdown and the utterly crappy CGI-Scorpion-King… I really do prefer Dwayne Johnson in the actual flesh.
But Rachel Weisz and Brendan Fraser where utterly delightful again. As were John Hannah and Oded Fehr.
Even though Alex wasn’t really written as a proper child, at least that meant that he didn’t get as annoying as many movie children do. So congratulations on that one.
Summarising: a pretty good sequel.