The Mummy Returns

Proving that bigger is rarely better,
i The Mummy Returns
i0 serves up so much action and so many computer-generated effects that it quickly grows exhausting. In his zeal to establish a lucrative franchise, writer-director Stephen Sommers dispenses with such trivial matters as character development and plot logic, and charges headlong into an almost random buffet of minimum story and maximum mayhem, beginning with a prologue establishing the ominous fate of the Scorpion King (played by World Wrestling Federation star the Rock, in a cameo teaser for his later starring role in--you guessed it--
i The Scorpion King
i0 ). Dormant for 5,000 years, under control of the Egyptian god Anubis, the Scorpion King will rise again in 1933, which is where we find
i The Mummy
i0 's returning heroes Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz, now married and scouring Egyptian ruins with their 8-year-old son, Alex (Freddie Boath).
John Hannah (as Weisz's brother) and Oded Fehr (as mystical warrior Ardeth Bay) also return from
i The Mummy
i0 , and trouble begins when Alex dons the Scorpion King's ancient bracelet, coveted by the evil mummy Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo), who's been revived by... oh, but does any of this matter? With a plot so disposable that it's impossible to care about anything that happens,
i The Mummy Returns
i0 is best enjoyed as an intermittently amusing and physically impressive monument of Hollywood machinery, with gorgeous sets that scream for a better showcase, and digital trickery that tops its predecessor in ambition, if not in payoff. By the time our heroes encounter a hoard of ravenous pygmy mummies, you'll probably enjoy this movie in spite of itself.
i --Jeff Shannon
i0

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upc: 9780783248899
title: The Mummy Returns
theatricalDate: 19-06-2001
stars: Donna Air
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Alun Armstrong
Freddie Boath
Bruce Byron
purchase date: 19-06-2007
publisher: Universal Studios
published: 02-10-2001
price: $12.98
net Rating: 3.5
MPAA Rating: PG-13
minutes: 130
last lookup time: 203999920
genre: Comic Action
Costume Adventures
Monster Movies
Brendan Fraser
Comedy
Action & Adventure
Science Fiction & Fantasy
fullTitle: The Mummy Returns (Widescreen Collector's Edition)
features: Closed-captioned
Color
Dolby
DVD-Video
Widescreen
NTSC
2.35:1
edition: Collector's
currentValue: $0.99
created: 203999904
country: us
aspect: DVD
asin: B00003CXTA