It took me a while to see The Mummy, I just
thought its not my kind of movie. Lots of shooting and running, some historic
mumbo-jumbo and a few magic tricks I have the Indiana Jones trilogy in my
collection, thank you. However, despite obvious shortcomings, I was surprised by charm
surrounding that movie, some sort of romantic quality that has woken up a little boy
dreaming of pyramids. The Mummy Returns has that same charm, but has also
the same obvious shortcomings.
As you learned in the previous movie, when you have The Book of
the Dead and The Book of the Living, nobody is really dead, and nobody is really alive.
So, our old friend Imhotep will find a new batch of disciples who want him back from the
dead. This time, they are thinking, they will lead him to awaken The Scorpion King and the
invincible Army of Anubis. Imhotep kills the Scorpion King and takes over the world with
the Army of Anubis. Foolproof.
That Scorpion King
is quite a character. He throws the smack down, he uses The Peoples Elbow. Not only
you can smell what hes cooking, hell have his own movie later this year, a
spin-off called, naturally, The Scorpion King. The real Rock graces us
with his presence only in the opening segment of the movie. The final triple showdown is a
bit anticlimactic, because of the horrible job done by graphic design department to the
second incarnation of the King, as half-scorpion, half-Rock creature. That really caught
me off guard, because the effects up to that point were really well done, even when you
know theyre effects. Unfortunately, computerized Rocks head on a scorpion body
looks so bad, that not even the eyebrow can fool us. And to think thats what
weve been waiting for the whole movie
So, if the
destination is not that great, at least we have the journey, right? And The Mummy
Returns delivers plenty of non-stop action, from the chase in the streets of
London to a showdown with the forces of evil in the hidden oasis. Some of the enemies are
tough as elephants and agile as cheetahs, others are quite easily discarded, but all of
them serve the purpose they look scary and fantastic.
inherited from the original movie, from ridiculously clumsy Jonathan (John Hannah) to
mysterious warrior Ardeth Bay (Oded Fehr), we have a new one. Alex is the son of Rick and
Evie and by the miracle of genetics he inherited twice the amount of obsession with
Egyptian culture, from history to language, which will prove to be life saving in one of
the final scenes. The kid is your typical 9-year old, still going through "my dad is
going to kick your
" phase. We also have another new character, Anck-Su-Namun,
who has a bone to pick with Evie for reasons well find out soon enough, in 5000-year
Lets go back
to the charm of the movie for a little while. You cannot not notice some obvious quotes
from various movies. Balloon crosses over Full Moon kind of like a bicycle in ET.
Same balloon glides across the starry sky like an Imperial battleship in Star Wars.
Outfit that not-yet-incarnated Imhotep wears for his first meeting with Alex resembles the
one from Eyes Wide Shut. Theres a few more, which shows that The
Mummy Returns doesnt take itself seriously. Therefore, it doesnt
matter that the plot doesnt work without the first movie, and it doesnt matter
that all the characters are one-dimensional. This is a summer movie thats all about
fun, and, if approached correctly, fun is what it delivers.