The mummified body of Imhotep is shipped to a museum in London, where he once again wakes and begins his campaign of rage and terror.
Review: I’ve always been a fan of the first Mummy movie; it was a fun old-school adventure romp with every scene being stolen by Arnold Vosloo. He’s once again the highlight in this rather bloated sequel which is let down by arguably the worst CGI of all time… you know the scene I’m talking about.
This is a flaw in the majority of Stephen Sommers movies; his over-reliance on special effects, which are rarely any good.
It’s not all terrible though; I like how rather than being the damsel in distress again, Rachel Weisz gets to kick some ass and has some impressive sword fights too. Her fight with Anck-Su-Namun in the flashbacks is well done.
There is plenty of action and the “My First Bus Ride” scene is a lot of fun; the opening battle scene with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was quite cool and introduced us to the next action star.
The best thing about the movie is Alan Silvestri’s score which is pure epic adventure music at its very best.
Brendan Fraser’s Rick O’Connell character is straight out of a 50’s serial and manages to be suitably different from Indiana Jones. He’s a likable lead and this really has become Fraser’s iconic role.
The kid Alex in it is pretty annoying but I’ve seen worse; I still can’t stand kids in movies though.
Also, I love how it’s like 10 years after the first movie and both Fraser and Weisz look EXACTLY the same; they haven’t aged in 10 years? Hmm…
The story is complete nonsense as you’d expect and there’s a bit too much going on; it’s like there are a few too many characters and John Hannah’s comic relief Jonathan still isn’t funny.
Oded Fehr returns as Ardeth Bay and has a bigger role this time; I love this character and would actually like to see a spin-off with him, never mind The Scorpion King.
Overall, The Mummy Returns is overloaded with average effects and a bloated story, but it’s still fun with an amazing music score and a classic villain in Arnold Vosloo.