The massive success of The
Mummy prompted the imminent sequel, The
Mummy Returns. Like many sequels to famous
blockbusters, the ad campaigns were huge, the
hype was incalculable, and the film made a bucket
load of cash. Sadly, it was also an inferior film,
like many sequels today.
as Rick O'Connell.
Mummy Returns was not a worthy sequel and
focused on all the wrong aspects of its predecessor
to create a story. The plot, cut to the quick,
is as follows. It is now 1933. Evelyn and Rick
are now married with a son and they are in Egypt
because the search for a certain artifact has
possessed Evelyn's mind. The artifact is the bracelet
of the mythical Scorpion King. When their son,
Alex, puts the bracelet on, it locks around his
wrist and will kill him unless they can get him
to the long lost temple of the Scorpion King before
the next eclipse.
At the same time, the cult of Imhotep
seeks his corpse in the ashes of Hamunaptra. With
them, they have conveniently located a woman who
looks exactly like Anck-su-namun. How? It is never
explained. Imhotep is resurrected by his worshippers.
They kidnap Alex to get the bracelet so they can
use the powers of the Scorpion King to resurrect
Anck-su-namun's soul and dominate the Earth.
What follows is a relentless action
film full of plot holes, inferior special effects,
and intelligence-insulting plot devices. Evelyn
is actually the reincarnated Nefertiti? Oh, ok.
Home made airships? Sure. Why not?
If Indiana Jones had any influence
on this film, it was in homage only. There is
a very notable scene in the beginning of the film
in which Rick and Evelyn return to their home
in London and Rick is wearing a leather jacket
and brown fedora. For an Indy fan, this scene
is very cool.
The other good Indiana Jones reference
in this film is the opening scene with Rick and
Evelyn scouring the Egyptian temple for the bracelet.
The setting is very reminiscent of the sets from
Raiders of the Lost Ark.
There is a nice scene in which they enter a room
swarming with scorpions, much like the snakes.
This scene also features a great moment in which
Evelyn solves an ancient door puzzle that feels
very much like something Indiana Jones would have
pulled off in his adventures. The Map Room from
Raiders of the Lost Ark
and the library from Indiana
Jones and the Last Crusade come to mind
during this scene.
There is also a moment in which
Alex jumps onto a massive pillar to escape some
baddies and it topples with him riding it into
the adjacent pillar. This moment reminded me of
Indy knocking over the statue in the Well of Souls.
The composition of the camera and the stunt itself
are very similar. Also, the outfits worn by the
cult of Imhotep have the same color scheme as
Unfortunately, the rest of the film
insults not only Indiana Jones, but also the original
film it is continuing. While the first few action
scenes as isolated incidents are exemplary, most
notably the fight in the mansion and the bus chase,
the plot is so ridiculous and the digital effects
are so pervasive that the rest of the film is
drivel. If you want an Indy-inspired film, do
not watch this one. (MF)