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Click to enlargeTHE MUMMY RETURNS
It raises questions about what happens after we die and whether good truly can overcome evil?
Reviews by BETTY HAMM
and MIKE FURCHES


THE MUMMY RETURNS
(2001)

This page was created on May 7, 2001
This page was last updated on
May 21, 2005

He will rise again.
Adventure Is Reborn.

Directed by Stephen Sommers
Written by: Stephen Sommers

Brendan Fraser .... Rick O'Connell
Rachel Weisz .... Evelyn 'Evie' Carnahan O'Connell
John Hannah .... Jonathan Carnahan
Arnold Vosloo .... Im-Ho-Tep
Donna Air
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje .... Lock Nah
Freddie Boath .... Alex O'Connell
Oded Fehr .... Ardeth Bay
Dwayne Johnson .... The Scorpion King (as The Rock)
Patricia Velazquez .... Anck-Su-Namun

Produced by Sean Daniel (producer), Bob Ducsay (executive producer), James Jacks (producer), Don Zepfel (executive producer)
Original music by Alan Silvestri
Cinematography by Adrian Biddle
Film Editing by Bob Ducsay

PG-13 - for adventure action and violence


The Mummy Returns: Original Motion Picture Score -Alan Silvestri
1. The Legend Of The Scorpion King 2. Scorpion Shoes 3. Imhotep Unearthed 4. Just An Oasis 5. Bracelet Awakens 6. Evy Kidnapped 7. Rick's Tattoo 8. Imhotep Reborn 9. My First Bus Ride 10. The Mushy Part 11. A Gift And A Curse 12. Medjai Commanders 13. Evy Remembers 14. Sandcastles 15. We're In Trouble 16. Pygmy Attack 17. Come Back Ivy 18. The Mummy Returns 19. Forever May Not Be Long Enough - Live
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SYNOPSIS:
The Mummy Returns is set in 1935, 10 years after the events of the first film. Rick O'Connell (Fraser) is now married to Evelyn (Weisz), and the couple has settled in London, where they are raising their 9-year-old son Alex (played by screen newcomer Freddie Boath). When a chain of events finds the corpse of Imhotep (Vosloo) resurrected in the British Museum, the mummy Imhotep walks the earth once more, determined to fulfill his quest for immortality. But another force has also been set loose on the world... one born of the darkest rituals of ancient Egyptian mysticism, and even more powerful than Imhotep. When these two forces clash, the fate of the world will hang in the balance, sending the O'Connells on a desperate race to save the world from unspeakable evil, and rescue their son before it is too late.
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GREAT SPIRITUAL CONCEPTS FOR DISCUSSION
Spiritual concepts hightlighted in red

Review by MIKE FURCHES
mike@furches.org

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Mike is the Senior Pastor at United at the Cross Community Church in Wichita Kansas. United at the Cross is a church made up of individuals not often accepted in other churches. The church consists of former gang members, drug addicts, prostitutes and others. Mike also speaks nationally on various topics and is a freelance writer. To learn more about Mike and his ministry link onto www.furches.org. In the arts Mike has worked with top music artists such as Steppenwolf, Marshall Tucker Band, Kansas and has an active interest in film. Mike is pictured with his music band "Route 66."

Click to enlargeIf you enjoyed the original film The Mummy you are in for a pleasant surprise. The Mummy Returns brings back virtually the entire original cast plus a few new comers including, Freddie Boath as Alex, the son of Rick (Brendan Frazer) and Evelyn (Rachel Weisz) O'Connell.

Click to enlargeAnother newcomer who surprisingly does not get nearly enough screen time in my opinion is Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as the Scorpion King. "The Rock" a real life professional wrestler is a very pleasant surprise. While professional wrestling is now billed as "sports entertainment" as opposed to "real sport", it should be no surprise that "The Rock" is a talented actor. He did such a good job for the brief time he was on screen in a venue other than wrestling that some will be surprised.

Click to enlargeThe Mummy and The Mummy Returns use many concepts that come out of Egyptian culture. It is the notion of reincarnation that I had the most trouble with in this film. While there are components of Egyptian Culture that come into play, it could easily be determined that even within this film these concepts are proved untrue. Click to enlargeWhat is proven true was actually of some surprise to me and will be to other viewers. I do believe that certain components of the film give ample opportunity to think about and discuss Christ. By the way, I believe the film provides ample knowledge to debunk reincarnation. The example of a Hell and a Heaven are both prime examples of that.
Click to enlargeI don't especially like spoiler reviews so I will do my best not to give one here. There are a number of aspects of this film that I did not like and would like to point out here. Rick O'Connell is referred to as a "Warrior for God" and as such he is the one who has been foretold as the destroyer of the Evil Ones, The Scorpion King and The Mummy. Rick is led to the ultimate battle which resembles the battle of Armageddon by a child, his son Alex. Click to enlargeSome of the supporters and helpers during this battle are the 12 tribes of Magi Warriors led by Ardeth Bay who is played to near perfection from one of my favorite new actors Oded Fehr. Meanwhile The Mummy is having a relationship with Meela, a harlot and old flame portrayed magnificently by Patricia Velasquez. It is after a Dark Spirit enters into Meela that she takes on the old character of the Mummy's old love, Anck-Su-Namun.
Click to enlargePrior to the ultimate battle, Evelyn loses her life while fighting Anck-Su-Namun. It is through the "Good Book" that she eventually regains life and wishes to tell others of "Heaven". She calls it a "better place like in the book." It is also shortly before the battle against the beast and demons of the underworld that Ardeth Bay prays a simple prayer of "God Help Us". Meanwhile a battle continues in which someone will be cast into Hell. By the way the Hell that is portrayed in the film does as good a job at showing Hell as any movie I have seen.
Hopefully, from some of the above you can see of a few of the concepts in the film that can be used to open the doors of discussion. While watching the film I began to wonder, did the producers have the intent of leaving such strong biblical references in the film? I have to say that I don't think they did. However, I do believe that this can be a film enjoyed by both young teens and adults and used to open the doors to some great discussion. There is some scary content for viewers much younger than twelve and some explanation would be needed.
Click to enlargeWhile the special effects by Industrial Light & Magic are as wonderful as usual, I was a little disappointed in the animation effects used for the Scorpion King towards the end of the film. The Scorpion King looked more like an animation effect of "The Rock" than it actually looked real. "The Rock" had marvelous facial expressions early in the move and I would have preferred some method of incorporating the real "Rock" as opposed to some animated character.

Click to enlargeIs this a great film? Obviously, no. Is it a fun film in the tradition of Indiana Jones? You bet. The cast is excellent and you will leave the movie feeling good.

On a scale of 1 - 10 The Mummy Returns deserves a very enjoyable 7.5

THE BOOK OF LIFE
Spiritual concepts hightlighted in red
Review by Betty Hamm
bhamm@efcn.org
Movie Reviewer, Arts Director


Betty serves as the Arts Director at the Evangelical Free Church, in Naperville. IL. (630)983-3232 http://www.efcn.org. She occasionally has a Chic Flic Night at her home (see Fried Green Tomatoes). She has an active interest in film. Some of her reviews include: Best in Show, Brothers, Enemy at the Gates, Save the Last Dance, See Spot Run, Sweet November, and The Tailor of Panama
WHY?
Click to enlargeI attended a packed theatre opening night for an 11:00 PM show that did not get out until after 1 AM.

Why?

Why are people swarming to this sequel in record-breaking numbers?

Is it for the special effects? (This film was loaded with them.)
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Is it for the action?

Is it because it deals with an ancient battle of good and evil?

Or, is it because it raises questions about what happens after we die and whether good truly can overcome evil?
MARRIED WITH CHILD
Click to enlargePersonally, I felt the time flew by with this movie. It is one action-packed scene after another. We pick up the characters we met in ?The Mummy? several years later.Click to enlarge Rick O?Connell and Evie Carnahan have married and have an eight-year-old son, Alex, who of course is brilliant and can read ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. His curiosity gets him into a serious jam and his parents set off to save him. Click to enlargeIt is very evident with Rick and Evie that although the treasures and the tombs are exciting, the real treasure in their life is their family and marriage. After one very close encounter, Rick tells his son ?It?s not easy being a dad.? And Alex?s reply is ?But you are so good at it.? I hope this reflects a new trend in Hollywood, portraying dads as cool.
BOOK OF LIFE, BOOK OF DEATH
Click to enlargeThere are several interesting pictures and ideas in this film. The treasure hunters are talking about two sacred Egyptian books: The Book of Life and The Book of the Dead. Interesting that they say The Book of Life takes life away and The Book of the Dead brings life. Scripture also tells us about the Book of Life. In Revelation 3:5 ?He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father, and before His angels.? Once your name is in the Lamb?s book of life, nothing can remove it. If your name is in the Book of Life, it means that your sins (not your life) have been taken away by the blood of the Lamb.
LITERAL HELL
Click to enlarge?Return of the Mummy? also depicts our souls as being eternal. This is true. We are either destined for eternal life in heaven or we will spend eternity in hell. ?The Return? also shows a literal hell one of fire and torment; not far from the picture in the Bible. ?And death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone?s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.? Revelation 20:14, 15.
WARRIOR OF GOD
Click to enlargeWe even have a wiseman in ?Return?, Ardeth Bay. He is a sacred man, a warrior for God. He tells Rick, ?Only the journey is written, not the destination.? This is contrary to what scripture teaches. As a disciple of Jesus, it is the journey that is unknown but the destination is very secure. Click to enlargeThe last picture I will mention is the Armageddon-like battle between the forces of the underworld and the Magi warriors. The evil soldiers rise up like endless grains of sand and come against a handle full of faithful warriors. In contrast to this lopsided battle of faith the coming battle of Armageddon has a pre-ordained victory.Click to enlarge ?And I saw heaven opened; and behold, a white horse, and He who sat upon it is called Faithful and True; and in righteousness He judges and wages war. And His eyes are flames of fire, and upon His head are many diadems; and He has a name written upon Him which no one know except Himself. And He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood; and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies which are in heaven, Click to enlargeclothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. And from His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may smite the nations; and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.? Revelation 19: 11-16
POWER OF HELL UNLEASED
Click to enlargeThe Mummy Returns was a fun, action-packed film. I enjoyed it very much. However the thought of the powers of hell being unleashed upon the earth with only a slim hope of good overcoming evil holds no real interest for me. Evil has no power over God. Jesus will be victorious. The Bible tells us that every knee shall bow. Not some knees, not just those who believe, but every knee. For those whose names have been written in the Lamb?s book of life, death hold no power over them. Today can be the day of your freedom over death and the power of sin. Choose life today.
 
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FAMILY STRENGTH AND SACRIFICE
Subject: The_Mummy_Returns
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2001
From: Roger

I didn't like the themes of reincarnation in the story -- but what I did like was the message sent about the value of family loyalty and even sacrifice. The willingness to risk for the sake of the one that is loved (parent for child, wife for husband) was demonstrated among a number of scenes.

HOLLYWOOD NEEDS TO INTERPRET THE SIGNS!
Subject: Spy Kids and The Mummy Returns
Date: Sun, 10 Jun 2001
From: "Steve Forsyth"

Between this film and The Mummy Returns, we have seen that Hollywood can produce films with pro-family messages when they try hard enough. What I think is really cool is how well Spy Kids has been received. With no language or sexual innuendo (an increasingly disturbing trend in many of todays "family friendly" films), this film still managed to turn a coimmanding profit - it's still playing in the min theaters in my town after several months!

Why doesn't Hollywood realize that there is a HUGE market for well-made films that are also family friendly? If you look at the current list of TOP TEN money making films, you'll find few if any R-rated films. You find the likes of Home Alone, Star Wars trilogy, Jurassic Park - I suppose the most "offensive" film on the list I can think of off the top of my head is Titanic. These are mostly clean and family friendly films. So why does Hollywood keep churning out other films filled with such garbage? I'm always thrilled when a quality film like Spy Kids does so well - it just reinforces the point that families DO see movies if they are put out for them to see. I hope there will be more like this in the future!

WAR BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL
Subject: review of The Mummy Returns
Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2001
From: Gary

THE MUMMY RETURNS
The Mummy Returns is a movie that has a lot of good special effects. It also is about a war, the war is evil vs evil vs good. The first evil is a Scorpion king (the Rock) who sells his soul to an evil god. He sold it so he could kill his enemies and this evil god saved him. The other evil is the same one from The Mummy (Imhotep). He is still in search of immortality but now he has his lover back, so he wants to be wants her eternally. The good is Rick (Brendan Fraser), Evelyn (Rachel Weisz), their son Alex (Freddie Boath) and the Magi who are chosen by God to fight evil. Each side wants and needs the other two sides to be dead before they can win.

It is good for the people who like watching movies a lot of special effects. Also it has a kid who is really smart but he is annoying sometimes. It is really funny and it has action from beginning to end. The bad of it is that the special effects are all mummies and people or mummies dying. Also the dead get raised a lot in this movie. The movie is a little long (over 2 hours) but it goes by quickly.

The kid puts on the bracelet of the scorpion king and he gets kidnapped. Now the parents, Rick and Evelyn, have to save their son before he is killed. They also will have to defeat the two evil powers by destroying thee scorpion king and his army as well as Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo) and his lover and their followers.

WOW! A FAMILY THAT STICKS TOGETHER
Subject: The_Mummy_Returns
Date: Sat, 2 Jun 2001
From: Steve

How many times have we seen a sequel where the romantic leads from the first film are no longer together. Perhaps there is a new actor or actress, or perhaps they've been married then divorced - but rarely do you see a married couple in an adventure. I suppose Hollywood finds this "unsexy." But I sat through the whole film just in a buzz over how in love the two were and how important their son was to them. Add to this the lack of language and sex and gore (ok, it was a little violent, but ultimately free of offensive elements). Let's hope this IS the beginning of a new trend.

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THE MUMMY RETURNS REVIEW
Subject: The mummy returns review
Date: Thu, 31 May 2001
From: Monica

I think it is true that this movie can give ppl a thought that mummys are our future(?). In the movie, ppl's spirits never go to their own world(Hell or Heaven) as christians believe and most things are controled by magics. Especially the mummy's face was quite scary and the idea of 'one's body never dies with magic' wasn't sound good for me. However I enjoyed this movie and it didn't affect me any ideas of Egyptian magic , I don't think its b/c i'm very religious its just how serious we care sbout this kind of movie. I just watched it as a 'movie'
Monica Kim

REINCARNATION AND ARMAGEDDON
Date: Fri, 25 May 2001
From: Starr

The Mummy Returns is a continuation of the first movie the Mummy. Rick(Brendan Fraser) and Evelyn(Rachel Weisz) are now married and have a child. All three of them are fascinated by ancient Egyptian artifacts and hieroglyphics. The three of them end up fighting 2 evil forces to preserve the world from catastrophie.

I found this movie to be scary and exciting at the same time. It is action packed, and has many great special effects to it. There are many different shots and angles which keeps the movie interesting. It had many scenes that represent meanings to them as talked about in my Media Studies class. When introduced to the Scorpion King, he was found at the top of the frame to portray his dominance & power, and when Rick fights him, he is at the bottom, to show his powerlessness. Something else I enjoyed was the transition of the beginning scenes. Some parts faded into the next scene which I liked very much. The end credits were neat in that they wrote first in Egyptian hieroglyphics and then it switched to English.

Now I was a bit hesitant to go and watch this movie, but it was good that I did. The movie had many topics that bring up disscusion. One theme in the movie was of reincarnation. This was shown throughout the whole video with the idea that the Mummy and his lover came back to life. Although this is an Egyptian belief I don't believe in this. This movie challenges the christian belief and makes one wonder if it could possibly be true. But as a Christian I know that reincarnation is not biblical; a man only dies once and doesn't rise again.

The Scorpion King, and Rick, his family and the other Magi Warriors fight an great battle which some could say symbolizes Armageddon. "The evil soldiers rose up like endless grains of sand and come against a handle full of faithful warriors". This is very biblical in the way it was portrayedand as it states in the bible the good side wins, and Jesus regins again. This faboulsly staged battle was half animated and turned out very realisic. It is very captivating, with its life-like characters. I liked this movie and recomend it to people who want to see a new twist on the story of good and evil.
Gloria

ANNUBIUS VS. GOD?
Subject: The Mummy Returns
Date: Tue, 8 May 2001
From: "Mike Parnell"

I saw the film yesterday and I was taken by the fact that one of the key elements of the film was the role played by Annubius and God. Annubius was the author of the army that came from the sands. God was the guide of Rick. Rick was to be a Magi based on his tattoo. When Im-Ho-Temp crossed over into the golden pyramid he had his power taken away by Annubius. He stated that it was Annubius's will he fight as a human. Yet in the end it was God who had the victory, because the good guys won (which is more Hollywood than theology). My point in all of this is that the film is more about Zoroastrianism, which held that there would be a battle between good and evil, but the outcome of it was uncertain. Both good and evil had equal power and therefore the victor was not known.
Mike Parnell