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Written and Directed by Stephen Sommers
B

Running Time: 2:09

Rated PG-13
for adventure action and violence.

Starring
Brendan Fraser as
Rick O'Connell

Rachel Weisz as
Evelyn Carnahan O'Connell/Nefertiri

John Hannah as
Jonathan Carnahan

Arnold Vosloo as
Im-Ho-Tep

Freddie Boath as
Alex O'Connell

Oded Fehr as
Ardeth Bay

Patricia Velazquez as
Meela/Anck-Su-Namun

The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) as
The Scorpion King

Ahh summer... hot weather, swimming pools, beaches, and of course, the summer movie season. And this year the summer season kicks off earlier than ever with the release of The Mummy Returns. Just as exciting as the original, this movie has all the action and adventure a good summer movie should have.

The movie takes place in 1935, 10 years after the original Mummy. Rick and Evelyn are now married with a 9-year-old son Alex. They happen upon the bracelet of the Scorpion King, the most vicious and powerful warrior of all time. The owner of the bracelet can resurrect the dog-faced sand warriors that were used by the Scorpion King after he struck a deal with the Dark Lord Anubis, and use them to take over the world. But in order to do so, they must also raise the Scorpion King and kill him. The only one powerful enough to kill the Scorpion King is our old friend Imhotep. Rick and Evelyn must race to stop Imhotep from fulfilling his destiny of immortality and prevent the end of the world, one more time.

Much like the original, this movie has a lot of special effects and humor. Many times they jokingly reference the first movie, and the plot is pretty much the same. Stopping Imhotep from taking over the world. This time however, there is an even greater power in the Scorpion King to add a little more punch to the side of the bad guys. Also along for the ride is the 9 year old comic relief in the form of their kid. Many of the laughs in the movie come from him. The cast is pretty much the exact same from the first movie, and the special effects are the same. Instead of using sand to take down an airplane, they use water to take down a dirigible. So what you're basically getting is a rehash of the first movie, with slightly different locations, and a slightly different story.

But so what? It's still a good time, and as someone pointed out to me recently, isn't that what going to the movies is all about? I never even noticed the time passing as I was watching the movie. It was fun. Unlike the first movie, there was a lot less down time here. Much more action, still a lot of comedy, and still some pretty impressive special effects. And how can you not love a movie that starts off with a huge battle between tens of thousands of people (or computer generated people), and involved WWF superstar The Rock layin' the smack down on some old school candy asses?

The sets I thought were very cool looking, much more so that the original. The special effects just over the two year period since the first movie have come a long way. Other than the strange looking face of the Scorpion King at the end, the rest of the effects were seamless. The acting was what you'd expect from an action-adventure pic. I must say however that the two ladies kick some serious ass in their fight scenes. And the music was enjoyable, especially the track that played over the closing credits, performed by Live.

So overall, if you're looking for a way to get out of the heat and spend a couple of fun hours, go see The Mummy Returns. It's a good way to start the summer movie season.

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reviewed 05/04/01

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