The Mummy Returns is a 2001 American adventure 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 inspired the 2002 prequel film The Scorpion King, a spin-off that 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.
Nine years have passed. Brendan Fraser is back again as Egyptologist Rick O'Connell, and Rachel Weisz, the librarian he met in the first film, is now his wife; they have an 8-year-old son named Alex (Freddie Boath). Also back are John Hannah as the twitty brother-in-law Jonathan and Arnold Vosloo as the mummy Imhotep, whose name sounds more than ever like an ancient Egyptian chain of pancake houses. Oded Fehr is the worried sage Ardeth Bay, who begins sentences ominously with "It is written that. . ." until Rick finally snaps, "Where is all this written?" A good question, since much of the story involves a magical pyramid of which it is written, "No one who has seen it has ever returned alive."
MAIN CAST OF THE MUMMY RETURNS (2001)
Brendan Fraser as Rick O'Connell: He is a former soldier of the French Foreign Legion in Egypt. His unit tried to prevent the Arab invasions of Hamunaptra. He is married to Evelyn Carahan and they have a son, Alex. He and Evelyn set out on an expedition to the city of the dead, where they found the priest Imothep, whom they had killed. They had to defend Alex in the sequel. They work with Evelyn as agents of the British government. Rick's main hobby is guns. He likes fish from dishes, which he can catch by shooting from a rifle. In the movie The Mummy Returns, he discovers that he is Saint Medjai.
Rachel Weisz as Evelyn O'Connell / Nefertiri: a clever but clumsy Egyptologist in the Cairo Museum of Antiquities. She, along with Rick and her brother Jonathan, travels to the lost city of Hamunaptra, where she hopes to find a rare, ancient book, the book of Amun-Ra.
Arnold Vosloo as Imhotep: The main villain in his 1999 remake The Mummy and its sequel The Return of the Mummy. It was named after Imhotep, a physician and architect who lived in the 27th century BC during the time of Pharaoh Zoser.
The Rock as The Scorpion King: the main protagonist in The Scorpion King films and games as well as one of the primary antagonists in The Mummy Returns. Born in the kingdom of Akkad, Mathayus set out to join the group the Black Scorpions but when he returned from his training he found that his father's murderer, Sargon, had usurped the throne. Mathayus set out on a personal quest of vengeance to kill Sargon. After accomplishing the task, Mathayus was offered the position of king, but turned it down for a life of adventuring with his older half-brother Jesup. It was to his benefit as Assyria destroyed Akkad soon after.
REVIEW THE MUMMY RETURNS (2001) ENGLISH SUB ON XEMOVIE
The Mummy Returns is an enormously ambitious film, with a CGI list of requirements that includes undead warriors, forests sprouting from deserts, zombie pygmies, thousands of dog warriors, and a climactic half-man half-scorpion monster. There is not a single visual effect in the film that does not look substandard and rushed. The Scorpion King in particular is an embarrassment to the whole film. Industrial Light and Magic famously begged Universal Pictures to delay the film’s release by six months so that they could do a proper job, but a fixed release date was considered more important than a decent film. It all but kills the film. One could possibly overcome the weak writing and flabby narrative if there were some dramatic and visually engaging action sequences and chases, but it all collapses to pieces.