This is the only real documentary on the bonus disc of The Mummy
Returns DVD set and it's nothing more than the usual promotional fluff.
Everybody in the cast and crew talk enthusiastically about how much
bigger and better this sequel is going to be. Arnold 'The Mummy
Himself' Vosloo also describes the sequel as 'more hellacious',
whatever that may be. Writer/director Stephen Sommers claims the key to
a good second part is to get the cast back. Elsewhere, on his audio
commentary, Sommers boasts that he got 8 of the original cast members
to return, some of whom (Patricia Velasquez) got their parts greatly
expanded. Personally, I only counted seven, but I could easily have
missed one of course. Stephen must have kicked himself in the pants for
being unable to bring back his favorite weaselly actor Kevin J.
O'Connor (not even as one of the undead).
So, we get the customary roll call of the reunited cast, all of whom
have nothing but praise for their hyperactive writer/director (who
never sits down!). Vosloo calls him the real star of the Mummy. Rachel
Weisz thinks her character has become hooked on adrenaline since the
last one. The Brendan Fraser (as he liked to refer to himself according
to the MTV Movie Awards of that year) explains that this movie is set
ten years after the start of the first Mummy, in 1933, and Rick and
Evie now have a 9 year old son (Freddy Boath). Yet according to the
first films time line, the pair of them didn't meet until 3 years after
the start of the film, so what's going on there? It then turns out the
plot of TMR revolves around the old kidnapped kid plot device. That
trick's about as ancient as the mummy's bandages.
Probably the most misleading segment of all is when they imply that The
Rock, in his motion picture picture debut, was going to be a a major
villain in the picture instead of showing up for 5 minutes only to wet
the public apatite for his own spin-off. The last quarter of this 20
minute Spotlight on Location is devoted to the special effects,
overseen on location by John Berton, who is the ultimate embodiment of
a computer nerd. Still, he doesn't look totally out of place in the
Saharah desert, resembling as he does a desert rat (or maybe a Womp rat
since he's from from Industrial Light and Magic). You can always tell
when a documentary like this is coming to an end when the music starts
getting louder, the interview clips shorter and the scenes from the
film more and more frantic. I might even be tempted to describe the
final combination of trailer-shots as 'hellacious'.
7 out of 10
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