Review Date: May 02, 2001
Director: Stephen Sommers
Writer: Stephen Sommers
Producers: Sean Daniel, James Jacks
Brendan Fraser as Rick
Rachel Weisz as Evelyn
John Hannah as Jonathan
And pooh to all who make mention of the Rock and his relation to this movie. The dude is literally in two minutes of this film. He "sorta" comes back in the end, but it's one of the most obvious CGI dealios that you've ever witnessed. Again, I don't mind CGI in a popcorn movie, but in the case of the Rock and his "transformation" in the end, is there any reason why they didn't use his real face? I mean, he looked like a video game! Took me out of the film completely. Okay, so I'm spending way too much time complaining about this movie, so allow me a moment or two to concentrate on some of the stronger elements still present in this go-around. First of all, the mummy effects are still pretty awesome. Yes, I totally dug the kickass action sequence with the double-decker bus in London and enjoyed the heck out of those little pigmy dudes. Very cool. I also liked the big battle scene during the film's conclusion, although it was a little too reminiscent of the one at the end of THE PHANTOM MENACE. All of the actors were also very good, especially John Hannah, who thankfully continued his barrage of funny one liners in this one, and kudos to the little kid, who added such much needed pep to the film. Other than that, the scarabs are still the same (although they're actually scorpions, you can't really tell the difference), the sandstorm sequence is redone this time around but with water and the photography in the film is eye-catching, but not unlike the original. It's a sequel, man...not a remake! But I digress.
Alright, so I might be a little harder on this film than some others that I see, but that's because I was actually really surprised with the first one, and wanted its sequel to give me more surprises, cooler effects and a fun story to follow. But alas, t'was not to be as this film only offered me sporadic moments of enjoyment. All in all, I would still kinda recommend that you see this movie in the theatres, but don't worry if you miss it and catch it on video instead. Some of the effects are still very cool, a couple of action sequences are pretty awesome and a few one liners were funny, but the mucked up story line filled with hokum just didn't cut it for me. Dang!