In 2001, Stephen Sommers came back with this sequel of the classic ‘The Mummy’, an equally as good second film, ‘The Mummy Returns’. As the title says, the mummy returns… However, this time he’s not brought back accidentally by our heroes, instead he’s brought back for very specific reasons and by the bad guys of the film, the leader being Anck-Su-Namun (Patricia Velasquez) reincarnated.
It’s nine years later extending from the first film, and it’s the Year of the Scorpion; the plot of the film. Rick (Brendan Fraser) and Evelyn (Rachel Weisz) are married with an eight year old son, Alex (Freddie Boath). And thankfully, Jonathan (John Hannah) is also back, living with them, therefore getting caught in the action and joining the plot as well. All the characters are as great as the first film, all of them familiar for the audience to love. Jonathan is hilarious once again, his obsession and distraction to everything gold is familiar and comical for the audience, and also his absence of bravery is brilliant too. The romance between Rick and Evelyn is of course new to ‘The Mummy’ series, although should be loved by the audience, it truly is adorable! Alex is a great new addition to the film. He is a bright boy who is interested in the Egyptian past as much as his mother; but also is brave like his father. A perfect combination to create a believable son of the two main protagonists for the audience. He is also very cheeky, so he adds to the humour of the film. Even though, it’s not a comedy, but there are comedic moments like the first. Ardeth Bay (Oded Fehr) is also back as a protector of man again; he of course follows the family to try and stop the terror the Mummy plans to bring on the world. There are also some new characters for the audience to enjoy. Dwayne Johnson appears as the Scorpion King, even if hilariously animated at the end of the film, but remember it was done in 2001. Also introducing Izzy (Shaun Parkes), another comical addition for the audience to laugh with. Additionally, there’s a character for the audience to hate, especially at his constant want to kill poor little Alex, this is Lock-Nah (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), one of the bad guys.
Things start to go epically wrong when the Mummy is brought back to life; the gang try to stop him from raising the Army of Anubis to end the world… Of course. The end of the world excuse. But I don’t care, he’s a Mummy, of course he wants to end the world! There are some similarities to the first film, which is a nice familiarity for the audience. However, not too many to make the films repetitive, it’s done in a perfect way between the two films. A difference to the first film, is that ‘The Mummy Returns’ tends to delve more into lives of Rick and Evelyn. Most significantly, Evelyn’s Egyptian past life. We witness many visions of Evelyn’s past going back to Ancient Egypt. The props, sets, costumes and make-up are really great during these visions to make her dreams come to life for the audience. We also discover more about the past of the Mummy and his love for Anck-Su-Namun, which obviously connects to the first film. But this significantly creates a human emotion for the audience to recognise in the Mummy; especially at the end where the audience almost seems sympathetic towards him. I really like this new addition to the Mummy.
Alike to the first film, ‘The Mummy Returns’ is packed full of action. There isn’t a boring moment in the film, lots of gun, sword and fist fights for the audience to watch. Alike again, there are some jump scares, which I realised where skipped out when played on TV in the early evening; some parts are a bit too scary for younger ages. There is also a variety of tense scenes, or just full on action, but also some emotional scenes.
I would definitely recommend watching this action-packed mummy film. Preferably watch it after you’ve watched the first, I feel it’s needed for the love of the characters to grow; but it doesn’t make a huge difference. This really is a great film to escape into, so join the fight against the Mummy; again…