The Mummy Returns: Keith Hamshere
EW Staff
April 19, 2001 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Mummy Returns

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
125 minutes
Wide Release Date
05/04/01
performer
Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, Donna Air, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Freddie Boath, Oded Fehr, John Hannah, Dwayne ''The Rock'' Johnson, Patricia Velazquez, Arnold Vosloo
director
Stephen Sommers
Producers
Alphaville Films, Imohotep Productions
distributor
Universal
author
Stephen Sommers
genre
Mystery and Thriller, ActionAdventure
We gave it a C+

When last we left them, Imhotep (Vosloo) was being sucked back into his tomb, Rick (Fraser) was riding off with Evelyn (Weisz), and Universal was riding its 1999 remake of the 1932 classic to a worldwide gross of $413 million. In the big budgeted sequel, the old gang (plus a few new additions, including an 8-year-old boy) are back in action 10 years later. And besides the return of a certain gauzy bad guy who just won’t stay buried, there’s another resurrection of sorts: Johnson, a.k.a. pro wrestler the Rock, makes his big screen bow as the Scorpion King, a character that’s already inspired a spin off film now in production.

”The hard thing about making sequels,” says Oded Fehr, reprising his role as swashbuckling Arab warrior priest Ardeth Bay, ”is that you have to somehow make it bigger, funnier, sexier, scarier — but still keep the same things that made the first film a success.” Another hard part: keeping Fraser alive. ”I blew out his knee in one scene, threw a disk in his back in another, and then broke one of his ribs,” reports Sommers (who wrote and directed the first ”Mummy”). ”But he still invited me to his Christmas party.” That’s what we call goodwill toward men.

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