The Mummy Returns : Adventure Is Reborn

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Come to a time at the very beginning of Western Civilisation, where kingdoms and empires were still at an experimental phase, and strength was pretty much found on the battleground as to which nations would rise and which would fall. Mathayus (Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock), the Akkadian, aka, The Scorpion King, on his campaign to take over Egypt’s Upper Kingdom, and he is failing. His armies have been out on campaign for far too long, and are dying off from battle and plain old wear and tear. Soon he finds himself the sole survivor, and makes a pact with Anubis, the Death God, to make him successful and dominant once again. A giant black scorpion comes up to Mathayus, and he takes a bite from the poisonous arachnid to seal the pact, and the Am Shere Desert springs to life all around him, and The Scorpion King’s plans are back on track until Anubis comes to claim Mathayus at the height of his power. Go ahead two thousand years, Seti is pharoah, and we get a recap of the romantic triangle between Seti, Anck Su Namun, and Imhotep. What we did not know is that Seti’s daughter, Nefertiri, witnessed her father’s brutal murder by his two trusted friends.

Fast forward another two thousand years. It is 1937 of the Common Era, and Rick (Brendan Fraser) and Evelyn O’Connell (Rachel Weisz) are doing what they do best, looking for Egyptian relics, but this time, their eight year old son, Alex (Freddie Boath), is with them. The ruins are too familiar to Evie, as if she knows exactly where she is going and how to get around in them. Rick and Evie are searching for a special artifact, and Rick needs for Alex to be out of the way of danger. He sends Alex back to the main entrance of the temple and tells him to “build a better mousetrap” which Alex sets off to do. As the O’Connells get closer to their target, they are not aware that someone else has been sent to find the O’Connells. Three thugs enter the temple, and Alex scrambles up an old scaffold to hide. One of the thugs goes down into the tunnels to find Rick and Evie, and the other two stay to search for minor artifacts in the temple entrance. Alex pings one of them with pebbles, and the local thug at first thinks the temple is haunted. While Alex is having his fun with the thugs, Rick and Evie find the chest they are searching for, and this is the beginning of the what is going to bring on another possible “It’s the End of the World as We Know It” moment, as this chest holds the Bracelet of Anubis.

While the O’Connell’s deal with artifacts, thugs, and traps, back in Hamunaptra, the search is on again to find Imhotep once more. Meela Nais (Patricia Velasquez) and Baltus Hafez, (Alun Armstrong), the head of the British Museum of Antiquities, are leading the search. They find the “creature” encased in amber after diggers release a swarm of scarabs they kills many of them. Meela is in fact the modern reincarnation of Anck Su Namun, and wants her Imhotep back, but not only for own selfish reasons. A prophecy indicates that once the Scorpion King is awaken, he with bring in the armies of Anubis and wreak havoc on a much bigger world this time, and Imhotep might be the only one powerful enough to stop him. In guess they are going to go with the lesser of two evils, yeah, as if!

So a trip back home to Merry Olde England brings Imhotep’s team of both living and undead thugs after Alex trips the trigger that will cause the end of the world in a week. Jonathan ‘Jon’ Carnahan (John Hannah) is back with his family again after partying it up at the O’Connell’s expense. The bracelet leads Alex and both teams down into the Am Shere oasis where they must beat the clock to stop the prophecy from happening. Rick brings a reluctant friend, Izzy Buttons (Shaun Parkes) on board, and their old Medjai warrior friend, Ardeth Bay, is back, and he has an army of nomad Medjai to match with anything the evil of Anubis can bring. This movie is a rollercoaster ride of fun and adventure that does not take itself too seriously, and the addition of Izzy and his quiet dirigible makes the race sneaky and with the addition of some undead pygmies that make the oasis their home, both teams are going to find getting to the Scorpion King is not as easy anyone would ever think it could be. This movie is a great adventure, and a great match with the original. Lots of eye candy on both the bad and good sides for everyone to enjoy, and the comic relief of Alex, Jonathan, and Izzy adds the laughs just where they are needed. While there are many ways to while away a couple hours, this is one of the better ways to do it.

I give this film a Musing review of ★★★★★☆