Rick and Evelyn O'Connell, along with their 8 year old son Alex, discover the key to the legendary Scorpion King's might, the fabled Bracelet of Anubis. Unfortunately, a newly resurrected Imhotep has designs on the bracelet as well, and isn't above kidnapping its new bearer, Alex, to gain control of Anubis' otherworldly army.
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