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You have to admire them for getting a sequel into the cinemas just two years after the first
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
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
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.
Married explorers Rick and Evelyn battle the newly resurrected mummy Imhotep and his ruthless partner, who have captured their son. The undead creature is heading for a confrontation with a legendary ancient warrior - with power over a magical army to be won. Fantasy adventure sequel, starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo, Oded Fehr and Patricia Velasquez, with a brief appearance by Dwayne Johnson.
Cast & Crew
Evelyn / Nefertiri
Meela / Anck-Su-Namun
The Scorpion King
May be edited for language and violence.
video, DVD and Blu-ray
18 May 2001
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