It is 1933, and 8 years have passed since dashing legionnaire Rick O'Connell and fearless Egyptologist Evelyn fought for their lives against a 3000-year-old enemy named Imhotep. Rick and Evelyn are married now, raising their son Alex in London. A chain of events finds the mummy of Imhotep resurrected in the British Museum, walking the earth once more in his search for immortality. But another force has also been set loose in the world - one born of the darkest rituals of ancient Egyptian mysticism, and even more powerful than Imhotep. When these two forces clash, the fate of the world will hang in the balance, sending the O'Connells on a desperate race to save the world from unspeakable evil and rescue their son before it's too late.
Perhaps the least original motion picture ever — even more so than the first one. At least 1999's "Mummy" wasn't stealing from itself, in addition to Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Howard Hawks. Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz are the intrepid Rick and Evelyn. It's eight years later, and they're now married and raising their son, Alex (Freddie Boath), in addition to keeping the 1930's safe from the returning mummy (Arnold Vosloo). The closest thing to wit comes in the action sequences, which are yoked to multiple climaxes; "Mummy Returns" makes the Indiana Jones pictures seem like a Henry James novel. With John Hannah and the Rock as the Scorpion King, a villain who seems to have sold his soul to the underworld in order to maintain his pearly white teeth: they gleam like Tutankhamen's treasures. -- Elvis Mitchell
2001-05-04 | Elvis Mitchell | Read the New York Times Review of The Mummy Returns