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The Mummy Returns

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Filmmaking at its Best!

Saw it: Friday, May 4, 2001
Reviewed: Monday, May 7, 2001, By: Jeremy Farrance
IMDb: http://us.imdb.com/Details?0209163

Oh my. Watching this movie was a great experience in and of itself. It paid homage to LOTS of other movies and spun up the laughs and thrills at a rate that no cliché can pay its proper respects to. I even left the theater "feeling" like I had seen a good movie. But you know what? It wasn't that good. I am hoping those of you that jumped online (IMDb) and gave it a Vote of 10 will reconsider after a few days have gone by. This movie was definitely a 5 or 6 at best. How do I justify that? Go watch Aliens again, that's how. Go watch Raiders of the Lost Ark or Lost Crusade. Go watch ANY movie that leaves the camera pointing at anything for longer that 4 seconds without a "cut".

If you have to see it, please go see it on the big screen. If you go in not expecting much, you will be blow away... at least for a little while. My biggest concern is that I feel like we, the general public, have just put our heads in the noose. We all gave this movie the 2nd all time biggest opening weekend of any movie so far in history. Those Hollywood money-types just love that. Why a noose? Because we have just helped give the green light to 100s of other average and bad movies that sound good on paper - I'm sorry, I meant to say "sound like a formula similar to the Mummy Returns". These movies are fine, when they are good - and don't get me wrong, the Mummy Returns was good, just not great or excellent or awesome. It was just "good". But I want more GREAT movies. I want to see more movies like Panic, Memento, Tailor of Panama, Out of Sight, Aliens, etc.

The Mummy Returns has me pretty worried about what kind of movies we will be handed next year and the year after. What do you think?

JRF's Synopsis of The Mummry Returns (2001)

Did I like it?  Yes
Does it qualify as "classic"?  No  
Do I want to see it again in the theater?  Not really
Worth seeing on the big screen?  Yes
Do I want to own the DVD?  Maybe, depends on the extras
Should their be a sequel?  No, but they will make one anyhow

Final Thought?  John Hannah is one of my favorite little-known actors, as such, I recommend you see Sliding Doors.


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