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The Mummy Returns (2001.05.06)

Last night we saw The Mummy Returns. (How did I go to the movies when I still can’t sit because of my wound? Well we went to The Premier Theaters at the Muvico Palace 20. At The Premier, their large, “couples” seats allowed me to lie down while watching the movie.)

The first thing I have to say about this movie is that you should make sure to go to the bathroom before the movie starts. More so than The Mummy, this movie is action-packed. From the beginning of the movie where the army of The Scorpion King (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) is fighting the Egyptians in the past; to the fast-paced end of the movie, there are only a few pauses in the action so you can take another breath.

But how is this movie in regards to being a sequel? I think very good... although there was one inconsistency between the first movie and this second one: Rick O’Connell (Brendan Fraser) has a tattoo on his arm that we never saw in the first movie, but which he says he’s had since he was in an orphanage. Maybe I just never noticed it in the first movie (we did rewatch the first movie yesterday before seeing the sequel), so I’ll have to watch it again to make sure. Other than that it followed the first movie well, continuing the story of Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo) trying to resurrect his love, Anck-Su-Namun (Patricia Velazquez)—although first the reincarnation of Anck-Su-Namun awakens Imhotep so that he can resurrect her. But the better love story of this movie is between Rick and Evie (Rachel Weisz), who have been married for some eight years and have a son, Alex (Freddie Boath), who is as smart as his mother and as tough as his father. The real power of their love is shown at the end of the movie, when one must save the other.

The best parts of this movie for me were: the recreations of ancient Egypt, Anubis’ army, the ancient Egyptian fight between Anck-Su-Namun and Nefertiri, and at the end the difference between Rick and Evie’s love for each other compared to Imhotep and Anck-Su-Namun’s.

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