The Mummy Returns Reviews
Any who we kick off again with more nasty villains after treasure and power which we all know will end in tears...and probably some kind of horrible face melting death, there I go with my 'Indy' comparisons again. This time we have the combination of 'Imhotep' back for more punishment with his reincarnated love, 'the Scorpion King' which doesn't really serve much purpose other than to give 'The Pebble'....I mean 'The Rock' a spin off franchise and a small group of nasty well spoken cads led by British thesp Alun Armstrong.
The main problem with this follow up is thus, they gave the now happily married heroes a son as baggage, this of course automatically equals a much kiddie friendly film with allot more slapstick, dumb humour and much much less horror. Of course the first film did very well so you can't blame them for opening up the film for an even wider audience but of course they lose allot of integrity and faith from the more mature fans. I should really point out that they take the Indy comparisons a bit too far by actually dressing all the villains henchmen in the same type of costumes as in 'Temple of Doom'....really that was the last Indy thing I swear.
The entire film is much more of a cgi show this time around, that wouldn't be an issue but the cgi really has not dated well, even less so than the original film, hell even at the time this cgi wasn't too good. Add to this allot more over the top action which becomes too silly, terrible bluescreen shots, a laughable effort at a cgi scorpion cross 'The Rock' monster and almost the same sequences shot for shot from the first film in places...did I mention the horrific cgi?
Yes you get what you pay for here, you want more ludicrous mummy blasting action? you got it, you want action figure characters all dressed in desert coloured attire spouting the most idiotic, state the obvious exposition dialog? look no further. Unfortunately like many blockbuster sequels they just get carried away and completely lose your suspension of disbelief. Can't complain too much as you know exactly what to expect from this and it doesn't pretend to be anything else, personally I think it was just a poor glossy rehash which is more cartoon than film. The final 20min as the action all comes together is one of the biggest cgi messes I've seen ever, everything looks really very clearly artificial, but hey the Egypt setting was an enjoyable ride.
Aside from some unusual revelations in Evelyn and Ricks past, the movie concentrates mainly on the action this time out and runs a little short on story.
I liked the evolution of Evey's character, now she's hardened up she makes a mean adversary, and takes part in some good battles.
All in all, I enjoyed the experience and once again the visuals were more than adequate.
If you enjoyed the first, then watch this one, its good fun and has some fine moments.
Such is the case, of course, with "The Mummy Returns". Brendan Fraser once again returns to do battle after battle with the recently resurrected mummy. You would think that after a couple of years that the mummy would at least be SOMEWHAT rusty, but no! He brought back those pesky little beetles that can eat you alive, armies or walking wolves that have murder in their eyes, and so much more. Oh yeah, and this movie is also where the Scorpion King gets his start.
Just like the original, "The Mummy Returns" manages to keep you on the edge of your seat with its nonstop action; it swallows you whole with its dazzling visual effects and views of the Egyptian territory, and, it even manages to be funny at times. I REALLY can't say which of the two that I like better; that would have to be determined by a flip of the coin.
If you're a fan of awesome action movies, and especially if you liked "The Mummy", do yourself a favor this holiday season, or any other day of the year, and get "The Mummy Returns"! NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2002. Just as good if not better than the original!
The whole reincarnate angle was unnecessary. The film would have worked a lot better if they left that bit in the cutting room. It is obviously just an excuse so the two smokin' ladies can battle it out with their sais in the end of the film.
On a positive note, I can probably say it is a lot better than the first one. The first Mummy is one action scene short than the sequel. This one was bigger than the first in many ways. Here's hoping for a yet more bigger Mummy 3 (Though I don't really dig the fact that there's no more deserts in the third film, its the Mummy. Mummies reside in the vast deserts, not China)
A sequel to the very entertaining re-imagining of The Mummy. This film still has the same attitude of the first, but it is taken a little more seriously and some rehash of the first hurts it a little. Still, this film is a very fun adventure movie, that moves at a very fast pace.
The entire cast returns, which includes the charmingly heroic Brendan Fraser, the very hot Rachel Weiz, and the badasses that are Oded Feher and Arnold Vosloo.
The Rock sort of joins this time around as well. Having the rock serve as a focus point, despite the fact that he is only really on screen for real for about 5 minutes, not including CGI, is funny to me.
The plot involves a race against time involving the good guys racing against the bad guys to find this Scorpion King. The bad guys consist of the Mummy who has...returned.
For this movie, director Stephen Sommers has gone for the bigger is better approach, filling almost every scene with special effects and action. One can see it as an effects orgy, or one can just have a good time watching it. I wanted to have a good time, so I enjoy myself when watching it.
It does help that once again, this movie does have a great sense of humor and fully recognizes that this is a fun summer action movie, and a well made one at that.
Izzy: O'Connell, who the hell you been messing with this time, huh?
Rick: Oh, you know, the usual. Mummies, pygmies, big bugs.