The Mummy Returns
The Mummy Returns is a 2001 American action-adventure fantasy horror film, written and directed by Stephen Sommers, starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo, Oded Fehr, Patricia Velásquez, and Dwayne Johnson. The film is a sequel to the 1999 film The Mummy. It was distributed by Universal Pictures.
|The Mummy Returns|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Stephen Sommers|
|Produced by||Sean Daniel|
|Written by||Stephen Sommers|
|Music by||Alan Silvestri|
|Edited by||Bob Ducsay|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Box office||$435 million|
The Mummy Returns inspired the 2002 prequel film The Scorpion King, a spin-off which is set 5,000 years prior and whose eponymous character, played by Dwayne Johnson (The Rock), was introduced in this film. The Mummy Returns was a commercial success despite mixed reviews. It was followed by the 2008 sequel The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.
In 3067 BC, the Scorpion King leads his army to conquer the world. However, his army is defeated and exiled to the desert of Ahm Shere, where his men die of heat exhaustion. After vowing to give Anubis his soul for the power to defeat his enemies, an oasis and pyramid magically form, and the Scorpion King is given a legion of jackal-like warriors. The Army of Anubis sweeps across Egypt, but once their task is finished, Anubis claims the Scorpion King's soul and the army returns to the Underworld.
In 1933, Rick O'Connell and his wife Evelyn explore ancient ruins with their son, Alex, where they find the Bracelet of Anubis. In London, the bracelet locks onto Alex, showing him a vision directing him to Ahm Shere.
Evelyn is captured by an Egyptian cult who resurrect Imhotep with the Book of the Dead; they wish to use his power to defeat the Scorpion King, giving him command of Anubis' army to conquer the world. The cult, led by Baltus Hafez, includes enforcer Lock-Nah and Meela Nais, the reincarnation of Imhotep's love Anck-su-namun. The O'Connells set out to rescue Evelyn, accompanied by her brother Jonathan and the Medjai Ardeth Bay. Jonathan gets his hands on a mysterious golden Scepter of Osiris.
Rick frees Evelyn and flees, but Alex is subsequently kidnapped by Lock-Nah, and forced to travel to Egypt along with the cult. The O'Connells pursue them, along with help from Rick's associate Izzy, a pilot who provides the group with transportation.
The bracelet gives Alex directions to Ahm Shere that Imhotep and the cult follow. At each location, Alex leaves clues for his parents, who follow in Izzy's dirigible. Imhotep uses the Book of the Dead to give Meela the soul of Anck-su-namun, but by doing so he allows Evelyn to unlock the memories of her previous life as Princess Nefertiri, the bracelet's keeper and Pharaoh Seti I's daughter.
At the edge of the Oasis, Imhotep uses his magic to crash the dirigible; Izzy stays behind in hopes of repairing it. By nightfall, the O'Connells infiltrate the cult, but both groups are attacked by pygmy mummies. Rick retrieves Alex while Ardeth Bay kills Lock-Nah. They escape the pygmies, who kill all the cult members except for Baltus, Imhotep and Anck-su-namun.
Rick and Alex eventually make it to the pyramid at dawn, and the bracelet detaches from Alex. Anck-su-namun arrives and kills Evelyn, escaping into the pyramid with Imhotep and Baltus. Rick pursues them. Inside the pyramid, Baltus puts on the bracelet and revives the army. Anubis takes Imhotep's powers, wanting Imhotep to fight as a mortal.
Rick finds Imhotep summoning the Scorpion King and fights him. The Scorpion King, now an enormous monster, interrupts the fight and attacks Rick. At the same time, Ardeth and the Medjai battle Anubis's resurrected army outside. While Rick and the Scorpion King fight, Baltus is killed. Jonathan and Alex steal the "Book of the Dead" from Anck-su-namun and use it to resurrect Evelyn, who confronts Anck-su-namun while Alex and Jonathan go to help Rick.
Rick discovers Jonathan’s scepter is actually a weapon, a spear that can kill the Scorpion King. The Medjai seem to defeat Anubis' army, but realize it was only the vanguard; the full army appears and charges toward them. Rick gets the scepter/spear from Jonathan and kills the Scorpion King, sending him and his army back into the Underworld, which causes the Oasis to begin to destroy itself.
Rick and Imhotep are thrown back and hang above a pit that leads to the underworld. Evelyn risks her life to save Rick, but Anck-su-namun abandons Imhotep, who chooses to let go and fall into the pit, heartbroken. While trying to escape, Anck-su-namun falls into a pit of scorpions and dies. The O'Connells reach the top of the pyramid. Izzy arrives with a modified dirigible and rescues the O'Connells just before the oasis and the pyramid are totally destroyed. They depart into the sunset, with Ardeth Bay saluting them before riding off.
- Brendan Fraser as Rick O'Connell
- Rachel Weisz as Evelyn O'Connell / Nefertiri
- Arnold Vosloo as Imhotep
- John Hannah as Jonathan Carnahan
- Oded Fehr as Ardeth Bay
- Patricia Velásquez as Meela Nais / Anck-Su-Namun
- Dwayne Johnson as The Scorpion King
- Freddie Boath as Alex O'Connell
- Alun Armstrong as Baltus Hafez
- Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Lock-Nah
- Shaun Parkes as Izzy Buttons
- Bruce Byron as Red
- Joe Dixon as Jacques
- Tom Fisher as Spivey
- Aharon Ipalé as Pharaoh Seti I
The film grossed $202 million in the United States and Canada box offices and $233 million internationally, grossing over $435 million worldwide.
The Mummy Returns received mixed reviews from critics. It currently holds a 47% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 140 reviews. Metacritic reported, based on 31 reviews, an average rating of 48 out of 100. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of “A-“ on an A+ to F scale.
Roger Ebert, who awarded the first film three stars, gave the second film only two, saying that "The mistake of The Mummy Returns is to abandon the characters, and to use the plot only as a clothesline for special effects and action sequences." James Berardinelli of ReelViews gave the film two and a half stars (out of four), calling it "hollow, lightweight entertainment—not unpleasant, but far from the summer's definitive action/adventure flick.
Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times gave the film a positive review, praising its "constant plot turns, cheeky sensibility and omnipresent action sequences." Todd McCarthy of Variety praised "the nonstop action of the final hour", saying that it "bursts with visual goodies."
Joe Morgenstern of The Wall Street Journal gave the film a negative review, saying that it "has all of the clank but none of the swank of the previous version." Charles Taylor of Salon.com was also not impressed, calling The Mummy Returns "everything the first Mummy was fun for not being."
Awards and nominationsEdit
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|Saturn Awards||Best Fantasy Film||Nominated|
|Best Makeup||Aileen Seaton, Nick Dudman and Jane Walker||Nominated|
|Best Special Effects||John Andrew Berton, Jr., Daniel Jeannette, Neil Corbould and Thomas Rosseter||Nominated|
|Best Young Actor||Freddie Boath||Nominated|
|Young Artist Awards||Nominated|
|Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Movie Actor||Brendan Fraser||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Action Movie Actor||Nominated|
|Choice Movie Villain||Dwayne Johnson||Won|
|Choice Action Movie||Nominated|
|Golden Trailer Awards||Best Title Sequence||Nominated|
|Golden Reel Awards||Best Sound Editing - Effects & Foley||Leslie Shatz, Malcolm Fife, Ann Scibelli, Jon Olive and Jonathan Klein||Nominated|
|Empire Awards||Best British Actress||Rachel Weisz||Nominated|
|Stinkers Bad Movie Awards||Worst Supporting Actor||The Rock||Won|
|The Mummy Returns: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack|
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||May 1, 2001|
|The Mummy chronology|
The Mummy Returns: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack was released on May 1, 2001 by Decca Records.
It contains the score composed and conducted by Alan Silvestri as well as a version of the song "Forever May Not Be Long Enough" by the rock band Live, which slightly differs from the song's album version.
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