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Obviously unable to learn from past experience, Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser) is willing to unwrap yet another Mummy in this sequel. Since the close of the last movie, he has married Evelyn the Egyptologist (Rachel Weisz), who has become a mommy of a different sort. Along for this expedition is their eight-year-old son Alex (Freddie Boath) who digs in the sand while mom and dad look for artifacts.
One of the little trinkets they find is a scorpion-shaped bracelet once worn by the Scorpion King (played by The Rock). Taking it home to England, young Alex can't resist trying it on, but doing so starts a chain of events that lead to the return of the Scorpion King who commands the army of the dead.
Meanwhile the curator of the British Museum (Alun Armstrong) secretly excavates the remains of Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo)--the bad mummy from the first film, and brings them to London. With the help of his assistant (who looks amazingly like the woman Imhotep was having the affair with 3000 years earlier), Imhotep is resurrected, setting the stage for two powerful evil forces to contend over possession of the armlet that is the key to controlling the immortal militia.
Needless to say, with this many people wanting a piece of the action, there is little time for dialogue between fighting. After more than two hours of seeing people stabbed, shot, beaten, slammed, thrown, decapitated, pulled in half, and munched (remember those beetles?), my numbed brain could hardly detect what little suspense was left in the script, leaving me to conclude that this Mummy is more violent, but perhaps less scary than its predecessor.
While this is no tiptoe through the pyramids, parents will find little other objectionable content unless depictions of reincarnation (a pivotal plot element) are a concern. With a happily married couple for lead characters, only a few mild profanities, and the most sexual incident being yet another brief shot of Patricia Velasquez in her body-paint outfit, it's unfortunate The Mummy Returns resorts to fists and bullets to raise the audience from the dead.
The Mummy Returns is rated PG-13: for adventure action and violence.
Cast: Brandon Fraser Rock Dwayne Johnson Rachael Weisz Patricia Velasquez
Studio: 2001 Universal Pictures