The Mummy Returns

Universal Released 2001


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Stephen Sommers

The Mummy Returns is an action film directed by Stephen Sommers. The film is centered around a group of archaeologists and adventurers that consists of Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser), Alex O'Connell (Freddie Boath), Johnathan Carnahan (John Hannah), and Eve Carnahan (Rachel Weisz). The film opens with a reenactment of a legend in which the Scorpion King (Dwayne Johnson) is defeated during his campaign to conquer the world. He and his army are exiled to a desert, where all but the king himself die. The king calls upon the god Anubis to grant him the power to gain revenge in exchange for his soul. Anubis complies and lends him an army to battle his enemies with before claiming the Scorpion King's soul forever. Thousands of years later, young Alex O'Connell sets a series of events into motion that will draw him and his family into the middle of a conflict between the previous film's villain, High Priest Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo), and the legendary Scorpion King.



Metacritic Score

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Both pleasantly old-fashioned and packed with up-to-date computer-generated special effects, the film's constant plot turns, cheeky sensibility and omnipresent action sequences hav...

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Virtually bursts with visual goodies, and writer-director Stephen Sommers scarcely allows the actors, or the audience, a moment to take a breath during the nonstop action of the fi...

  • 50

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    The noisome action sequences of The Mummy Returns are preferable to the quiet times, when the cast is limited to spouting dialogue that is a banal combination of exposition and hom...

Brendan Fraser

Brendan Fraser

Richard "Rick" O'Connell

Alun Armstrong

Alun Armstrong


Rachel Weisz

Rachel Weisz

Evelyn 'Evy' Carnahan O'Connell / Princess Nefertiri

John Hannah

John Hannah

Jonathan "Jon" Carnahan

Arnold Vosloo

Arnold Vosloo

High Priest Imhotep

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facing danger, epic adventure, back from the dead, exploring history, alternate history