The Mummy Returns

  • 12
  • Stephen Sommers (2001)
  • US
  • 129 min
The Mummy Returns
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Film Review
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3 out of 5

You have to admire them for getting a sequel into the cinemas just two years after the first Mummy became the surprise hit of "Phantom Menace summer" in 1999. And that's with all the key cast members reunited under the direction of Stephen Sommers. This sense of continuity pulls the franchise in line with the Indiana Jones films, to which this owes so much with its tomb-raiding themes, period colour and deft mix of comedy and action. To praise it faintly as more of the same does a disservice to the slick bravado of Sommers and the technical wizardry of Industrial Light and Magic, who created the screen-dominating CGI effects. If you liked The Mummy's old-fashioned thrills and state-of-the-art digital monsters, you won't be disappointed - indeed, there's an army of dog-like Anubis warriors that stretches as far as the eye can see. (If only David Lean had had a laptop.) And Rachel Weisz has been unashamedly sexed up for those who get a kick out of gold bikinis and girl-fighting.

Plot Summary

Period horror adventure sequel starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz. When the young son of Rick O'Connell and his Egyptologist wife finds an ancient bracelet that holds power over the armies of the fearsome Scorpion King, it attracts the attention of Meela, reincarnated lover of the resurrected high priest Imhotep, who needs the artefact to help him defeat the Scorpion King and become the ultimate ruler.

Cast and crew


Rick O'Connell
Brendan Fraser
Evelyn / Nefertiri
Rachel Weisz
John Hannah
Arnold Vosloo
Ardeth Bay
Oded Fehr
Meela / Anck-Su-Namun
Patricia Velasquez
The Scorpion King
Dwayne Johnson
Freddie Boath
Mr Hafez
Alun Armstrong
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Izzy Buttons
Shaun Parkes
Aharon Ipale
Donna Air


Stephen Sommers

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
May be edited for language and violence.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 18 May 2001
Certificate 12