The Mummy ReturnsMay 4, 2001
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.
Release Year: 2001
Rating: 6.2/10 (106,421 voted)
Critic's Score: 48/100
Stars: Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah
Many years ago, in Ancient Egypt, the Scorpion Kind led a menacing army, but when he sold his soul to Anubis, he was erased from history. Now he is only a myth…or is he? Rick and Evelyn O'Connell is still discovering new artifacts, along with their 8 year old son Alex. They discover the Bracelet of Anubis. But someone else is after the bracelet. High Priest Imhotep has been brought back from the dead once again and wants the bracelet, to control the Scorpian King's army. That's not the only problem. Imhotep now has Alex and with the bracelet attached to him, doesn't have long to live.
Richard 'Rick' O'Connell
Evelyn 'Evy' Carnahan O'Connell
Jonathan 'Jon' Carnahan
High Priest Imhotep
Mathayus the Scorpion King
(as The Rock)
Alexander Rupert 'Alex' O'Connell
Anck Su Namun
Pharaoh Seti I
Adventure Is Reborn
Universal Studios |
Release Date: 4 May 2001
Filming Locations: Bloomsbury, London, England, UK
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $68,139,035
(6 May 2001)
Did You Know?
The dirigible that Izzy Buttons pilots was described as a two-hundred year old fishing trawler with an airplane propeller in the novel of the film.
Errors in geography:
The railway line in Egypt is on the opposite side of the Nile from the city of Thebes, not the same side as the film shows
[while Jonathan is fighting Meela]
Efday shokran… efday shokran… Uncle Jon! I don't know what this last symbol is!
What does it look like?
It's a bird – a stork!
I know that one! I know that one!
Then what is it?
[struggling with Meela]
[throws her off]
Better than some would make out…
When The Mummy hit theatres in 1999, critics everywhere panned it as being a
poor man's Indiana Jones. While the two movies are about as similar as Dr.
No is to GoldenEye (thankfully), I suppose comparisons between one non-stop
adventure film and other are inevitable. In the end, what really counts when
determining a film's quality is the level to which it can entertain. And if
there is one thing The Mummy did well, it was entertain. Brendan Fraser,
Rachel Weisz, and Arnold Vosloo were very well chosen for their
The Mummy Returns is easy to see as being another sequel churned out to
satiate the greedy money-machine that Hollywood has become, but it has a few
things working for it. One thing that is immediately obvious is that the
sequel was very much intended to be a film that could be enjoyed without
ever having seen the original. The only references to the previous film are
done to fill in the narrative gaps about who Imhotep is, and why he is the
way he is. The addition of The Scorpion King was an interesting effort to
give the film a new antagonist, but the lack of screentime didn't work well
in this tangent's favour. Another tangent that could have been better
developed was the rivalry between Imhotep's girlfriend and whatever her name
was. Imhotep originally mistook Rachel Weisz's character for being his
girlfriend reincarnated, so the use of a woman who looks exactly like her
while creating this new tangent needed to be developed
Most people won't give a damn about complex story tangents and will want to
know if this film is entertaining. And it is entertaining, alright. There is
barely a dull moment in the film's substantial running length, and Oded Fehr
does a bang-up job of providing a Mad-Max-cum-Indiana-Jones hero. I want to
know where they get those groovy costumes and tattoos from, they look quite
nice. Anyway, when all is said and done, this is an eight out of ten film. A
few badly constructed story details here and there, but some extremely
entertaining action sequences make up for them. Don't listen to the
nay-sayers. This is matinee-style material at its (almost) best. Get the DVD
when it comes out, it will at least tide you over until George Lucas gets
his head out of his proverbial and realises that the VHS era is well and