Terminator 2 has done it, Aliens has done it, spider man 2 has done it, X2: x men united has done it, the dark knight has done it, and the Mummy returns certainly does it as well. I don't understand why this sequel is penned by critics and many fans compared to its predecessor. It may not have the horror element like the 1999 film, but if it worked for Termininator, Aliens, and Evil Dead, than this one can deliver. What this sequel does have, compared to its predecessor is more action, more emotional depth, more wit, and a real sense of purpose for the characters. This meaning that the characters in this sequel turn out to be pre destined for the events set in motion within the main plot points, which also trace back to the first 1999 film. Brendan Fraser's career was at its peak at this time. He really new how to play a badass, who's always sure of himself. Rachael Weis is as beautiful and smart as ever and has grown strong following the first film. John Hannah and Freddie Boath,you playing as Jonathan and Alex, both add more of the humor and wit for the ride. The scenery in this sequel are also more dynamic and lavish, as well as slightly better pacing. Although this movie lacks tension building and better quality special effects(as opposed to its quantity), and a more menacing portrayal of the villain, these certainly do not tarnish the movie itself.