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The Mummy Returns (SE)
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07.24.2008 By: Sturdy
The Mummy Returns (SE) order
Director:
Stephen Sommers

Actors:
Brendan Fraser
Rachel Weisz
John Hannah

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Nine years after the events of the first Mummy film, Rick and the gang are called back into action when Imhotep is risen once again. This time, their son is in danger and the only way to save him is to kick some more mummified butt.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
If you removed the scene with the Scorpion King and then spliced this film in with the original, I donít think anyone would be able to tell where the first one ended and this one began. That is to say, the two Mummy films are almost identical in story, setting and tone. Everything feels familiar and whether or not thatís a bad thing depends on your opinion of the first film. Personally, I think the Mummy films are empty and bland, but even still, they make for a decent time at the theater.

The MUMMY RETURNS pushes the action a little further and seems to move along quicker than the first. If thereís one thing I donít like about this film, itís the introduction of their child. Heís a little annoying and tends to distract from the action thatís going on. I actually liked that they ďresurrectedĒ Imhotep rather than create a new character. It gave linearity to the story, which I think helps it move along faster.

Brendan Fraser is an odd cat to figure out as far as his choices in roles are concerned, but he does very well in the lead role in the Mummy films. Heís cool, charismatic and is fun to watch and root for as Rick OíConnell. John Hannah and Rachel Weisz are good in their roles as supporting characters. Iíve always liked John Hannah and I wouldíve liked to see his role expanded.

Itís easy to slam the Mummy films for being over the top, or a little silly, but theyíre still a fun time. Fraser seems to have a blast with these films and that fun resonates on the screen. Even though Returns stretches things a little far and searches for excuses to put the main characters in action, I still had fun watching it.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Stephen Sommers and Bob Ducsay: These guys make for a good commentary and really keep it going. They focus on the scene thatís on the screen and actually have a lot to say about locations, settings and even the script. I enjoy watching these kind of commentaries that focus on the making of the film and why they made specific choices.

Outtakes (6:01): We see some flubbed lines and some dropped props, but no good pranks that youíd expect from a movie like this. There are some mildly funny outtakes, but nothing too special.

An Army to Rule the World (6:00): Over 50% of this was made up of film clips. Itís nice to hear from the tech guys for a little bit as they discuss what went into the making of the special effects. It was decent, like I said, too many film clips.

Unraveling the legacy of The Mummy (8:08): This is a historical featurette about classic horror movies and some comparisons from the classic film to this reincarnation. It was ok, but it didnít even mention the sequel. This would probably be more appropriate on the original Mummy DVD.

Visual and Special Effects Formation (16:11): This was a really good, technical featurette, which is very rare these days. They broke down the steps to go from nothing to what we see on screen. Itís simple enough for a casual fan, but detailed enough for some of the more tech-savvy people to not get bored.

An Exclusive Conversation With the Rock (3:43): I had forgotten what a big deal The Rockís performance was when this film came out. That little cameo even spawned a feature length movie. I still donít understand why everyone made a big deal over his performance, but he talks a little bit about the role and the fact he did all his own stunts, etc.

Spotlight on Location (20:02): This is a complete waste of twenty minutes, especially if youíve already seen the film. Itís a made-for-TV featurette with a ton of movie clips and promotional material.

Storyboard to Final Film Comparison (7:49): Maybe Iím a geek, but I think storyboards are very cool to look at. This shows some of the comparisons to the final film and theyíre actually all pretty close.

There are also some Previews, a Music Video and Egyptology 201 (written text document)
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I find that the general movie-going public loves the Mummy films while others could take it or leave it. With that in mind, if you already have the films on DVD, there is no reason to upgrade to these new special editions.
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