“The Mummy Returns” was directed by Stephen Sommers and is the sequel to the 1999 previous film. The film sees Brendon Fraser, Rachel Weisz, Arnold Vosloo, John Hannah, Oded Fehr & Patricia Velasquez return to their previous roles while Freddie Boath, Alun Armstrong, Shaun Parkes, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje & Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson join the cast.
8 years following the events of the first film, Rick O’Connell (Fraser) and now wife Evie (Weisz) along with their son Alex (Boath) are exploring an ruin city when they come across the Bracelet of Anubis, a mysterious relic that can unleashes the Army of Anubis as well as the former bearer, The Scorpion King (Johnson). Meanwhile, an Egyptian cult, led by Baltus Halfez (Armstrong), his enforcer Lock-Nah (Adewale) & Meela Nais (Velasquez). Their mission is to find the Boom of the Dead & resurrect Imhotep (Vosloo) once again. The cult kidnap Evie and offer her to Imhotep as a sacrifice but the plan is foiled by Rick & Ardeth Bay (Fehr), a member of the Medjai, the group of tomb keepers who are sworn to protect the resting placing of Imhotep to stop him from ever returning. Meela is reveal to be the reincarnation of Anuk-Su-Namun, Imhotep’s lover. Rick & Ardeth save Evie but Lock-Nah manages to kidnap Alex who is wearing the Bracelet of Anubis. Now, The O’Connells & Ardeth must catch up with Imhotep & the Cult before they reach Ahm Shere, an Oasis where The Scorpion King lays awaiting for the Bracelet.
This film was a major improvement from the first film but it still had its problems. The major issue with this film is the visual effects. Sorely dated & take away from the movie experience. While the film is a great action adventure, it does have its cliches. The look of the Scorpion King starts off pretty cool but by the end of movie, its a very poor CGI monstrosity. The cast is pretty good and very charming. The writing is solid but follows the same plot points as the first.
Overall, this was a fun action adventure that was much more enjoyable than the first. After this film, Universal produced a third film, 2008’s “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor”, however Sommers would not return as director, serving as a producer. The main cast would also change up as Brandon Fraser & John Hannah would be the only ones returning. Universal had plans for a 4th film but was later changed instead favoring a complete reboot with 2017’s “The Mummy”, starring Tom Cruise in a attempt to start a “monster” cinematic universe but it never came to fruition after that film bombed at the box office.