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The Mummy Returns (Deluxe Edition) [Blu-ray]
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An ancient legacy of terror is unleashed when the accursed mummy, Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo), is resurrected - along with a force even more powerful: The Scorpion King (The Rock). Now, as the fate of all mankind hangs in the balance, Rick O'Connell (Fraser) and his wife Evie (Rachel Weisz) embark on a daring, desperate race to save their son - and the world - from unspeakable evil. The Mummy Returns is supercharged with pulse-pounding action and spectacular special effects that'll blow you away.
Proving that bigger is rarely better, The Mummy Returns serves up so much action and so many computer-generated effects that it quickly grows exhausting. In his zeal to establish a lucrative franchise, writer-director Stephen Sommers dispenses with such trivial matters as character development and plot logic, and charges headlong into an almost random buffet of minimum story and maximum mayhem, beginning with a prologue establishing the ominous fate of the Scorpion King (played by World Wrestling Federation star the Rock, in a cameo teaser for his later starring role in--you guessed it--The Scorpion King). Dormant for 5,000 years, under control of the Egyptian god Anubis, the Scorpion King will rise again in 1933, which is where we find The Mummy's returning heroes Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz, now married and scouring Egyptian ruins with their 8-year-old son, Alex (Freddie Boath). John Hannah (as Weisz's brother) and Oded Fehr (as mystical warrior Ardeth Bay) also return from The Mummy, and trouble begins when Alex dons the Scorpion King's ancient bracelet, coveted by the evil mummy Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo), who's been revived by... oh, but does any of this matter? With a plot so disposable that it's impossible to care about anything that happens, The Mummy Returns is best enjoyed as an intermittently amusing and physically impressive monument of Hollywood machinery, with gorgeous sets that scream for a better showcase, and digital trickery that tops its predecessor in ambition, if not in payoff. By the time our heroes encounter a hoard of ravenous pygmy mummies, you'll probably enjoy this movie in spite of itself. --Jeff Shannon
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The mummy is more terrifying than the original version since he gets a modern day CGI twist. The acting is campy and fun, at times serious, but none of the actors take themselves too seriously or distract from the film. The actors seem to be genuinely enjoying themselves and I never get tired of watching it.
This movie makes my top 5 list of all time.
The movie is worth it for the little boy pestering the godlike evil undead priest with "Are we there yet?" LOL
Lots of action, great special effects, and enough laughs to keep it from being overbearingly serious.
My only problem with the movie is how horridly dated the CG is. For me personally, it adds to the charm of the movie, I simply love it that much. If you're new to the series, and appreciate good CG in movies, some of the effects may be more distracting than beneficial to the movie. That said, I think the Majority of the effects have aged decently. If you love movies with an Indiana Jones feel, but with a slightly faster pace, Mummy Returns is a great film to enjoy!
Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz are as funny as ever and have an undeniable chemistry that translates into a great love story.
Highly recommend it
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I'm not saying this movie is bad, but I also don't really understand so many great reviews. There are a few plotholes, a few coincidences, as in people not dying or dying because something random happens to save or kill them, and then you have the usual minions who are in this literally only to die, also some of the most stupid dialogue I've ever heard in a movie (our soles will mate forever.........are you kidding me?) It's not so much romantic as plain stupid.
If your following the movie closely, it should mostly make sense, or you'll have watched a movie which, as fun as it can be, is quite frankly silly and plain ridiculous as the writers and director do what they can to stretch out a plot from the original which for this 1, is a bit overblown. The jist of the movie is getting to a location in time to save a child and saving the world from a villain or 2 who want loads of people dead and to rule the world by controlling an evil army cliché.
Imotep or however you spell his name is back, but not as scary and the effects are fairly strong in some places and fall totally flat in others. But this was released in 2001 so hey. However, this is still better than the 3rd 1 which won't be mentioned.
On a side note, the O"connell's son is a really big pain in the butt, his character doesn't improve much in part 3 either even though he's older. There is a warrior guy who seems obsessed with killing the O"connell's boy in this 1, he never gets to but I guess it's the thought that counts because I don't condone child murder in movies. It's sadistic and not necessary because there are other means to expand or progress with a plot.
I'm only reviewing this movie because I watched it after ages with my brother and thought I'd review. If I noted down the plotholes for this one which I might do later, I don't know how long that would take.
So Evelyn is a reincarnated princess (Imhotep didn't seem to know her first time round), O'connell grew up in an orphanage in Cairo (yet seems to be very AMERICAN), O'connell Jr. doesn't know how old he is or what year it is (perhaps Evie got pregnant and gave birth the same day) and Jonathan can find an abandoned Routemaster bus to borrow 22 years before they came into service (that one's particularly impressive).
A fun romp. Leave your brain at the door, though.
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In 1933, Rick and Evelyn O'Connell explore a ruined mortuary structure in the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes with their son, Alex. They find the Bracelet of Anubis. In London, Alex puts on the bracelet, which shows him a vision with directions to the Oasis of Ahm Shere. Alex has seven days to reach the oasis, or the bracelet will kill him the moment the sun's rays shine on the Scorpion King's pyramid.
Rick and Alex run to the pyramid, barely making it before sunrise. The bracelet detaches from Alex's arm.
This film is good to watch and has lots of action. Watch out for the appearance of the London LT bus in the film.
Very good picture quality 2.35:1, top & bottom black bars.
An England to Egypt excursion spiced up with some
rip snorting action. Surprisingly violent, though not
overly, and loaded with humour. Naturally the FX
look a bit dated now, but the film never looks
anything less than lavish. 2001. Run time: 2hr 4min 2secs.
Extras: commentary, an army to rule the world pt 2,
unravelling the legacy of The Mummy.