Movies I Watched Recently #18: The Mummy Returns (2001)

The Mummy Trilogy DVD

The Mummy Returns, originally released in 2001, is the sequel to the 1999 film, The Mummy. One of the things I really like about this film is that a lot of the actors from the first film returned to do this movie.

Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz are back, of course, and just like in the original film, they have great chemistry. I really like how Weisz’s character Evelyn transformed from the clumsy, bookworm “damsel in distress” in the first film to a strong, capable fighter in The Mummy Returns. Usually when characters go through changes like this, it’s hit or miss, but for this film it really worked.

John Hannah, Oded Fehr, and Arnold Vosloo return as well. Hannah was funny in the first film, but he’s even more hilarious in this film.

I also liked how they expanded Patricia Velasquez’s role in this film. She was on screen in the previous film for a very short amount of time.

The action scenes are done very well and I found them to be more enjoyable and exciting than the action scenes in the first film. While the original film mostly had gun battles, there is more melee combat in this film, in addition to the gun stuff.

I liked how some of the film is set in London this time around. One of my favorite action sequences involved the double-decker bus.

I thought the story and plot were a bit better than the first film. There’s some really good set pieces and enjoyable twists and turns in the plot. The “race against time” sequence near the end of the film was really thrilling. All this made The Mummy Returns feel like an exciting, epic adventure film.

If you like the first film, you’ll like the second film. If you didn’t like the first movie and didn’t watch the second movie because of that, I’d say give The Mummy Returns a shot. They did a lot of things better in the second film so you may end up liking it even if you didn’t like the original film.

The Mummy Returns is a really enjoyable action-adventure film from beginning to the end. This is how a sequel should be done – bring everyone back and make everything (story, humor, action scenes, etc..) better.

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