Centuries ago, the evil Emperor Han was cursed by the sorceress Zi Yuan who transformed him and his army into a mummies. In 1946, the explorer Rick OConnell and his wife Evelyn OConnell are invited by the British government to take the relic diamond The Eye of Shangri-La to China. The ancient stone is capable of resurrecting the Emperor Han and of pointing the way to Shangri-La and the eternal pool of life. When the couple reaches China, they meet their son Alex OConnell, who has discovered the tomb of Han, and Evelyns brother Jonathan Carnahan. The OConnells are betrayed by their friend Prof. Roger Wilson, who is associated with General Yang. Yang wants to serve Emperor Han, so he resurrects the mummy and they head for Shangri-La. The guardian of Hans tomb (and Zis daughter) Lin tells them that the only ways to destroy Han is to prevent him from reaching Shangri-La or by stabbing his heart with a cursed dagger.
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So, for some reason I had moderately high hopes for this installment ofThe Mummy. For one thing, I was sort of expecting it to be mostly "Tombof the Dragon Emperor" that was just using the hype of The Mummyfranchise to market it... oh how wrong I was. This movie is such acomplete waste of Asian talent, it is like buying an imported, antique,Chinese dinner table, setting some Ikea chairs around it, throwing on aMartha Stewart K-Mart table cloth and topping the whole thing off withplace settings made by Chinette and Dixie. I'm sure no one needs anyconvincing that Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh can do action scenes withoutthe use of elaborate editing and camera angle tricks. I get theimpression, however, that Rob Cohen has never seen Hero or CrouchingTiger Hidden Dragon like the other 90% of American movie goers. Even infight sequences involving only Li and Yeoh we see nothing but the sameshort-cut editing and extreme closeups used to make Brendan Frasierlook like he can fight. Wait, no, I take that back. The Frasier fightscenes were actually better edited. Apparently the team knows how tofilm bar-brawl choreography. In other complaints: When did George Lucasbecome the role-model for script writing? When you have poor dialoguethere is only so much that can be done to salvage your performance.Natalie Portman could do little to compensate for it in Revenge of theSith and Yeoh and Li can do little with it here. As for Frasier, well,his goofy expressions were about all I expected of him anyway. As forIsabella Leong in her U.S. debut - sorry sister, I hope you get anotheropportunity to show us what you can do, because from this auditionwe're not getting much. Besides the dialogue we still have nothing.What little chemistry we got from Frasier and Weisz in the originalinstallments is completely missing here. With the role of Mrs.O'Connell picked up by Maria Bello (who actually can act, check her outin History of Violence for one of the... well, for a memorable sexscene) we have absolutely zero chemistry between the couple, despitethe middle school idea of romance they attempt to portray. Alsoconsider the evil villain we have wasted. We start with probably one ofthe most documented evil dudes in history and we reduce him to a lessdimensional monster than what we find in rubber suits. So much more canbe said about the complete banality of this movie. CGI that belonged inIce Age with a dragon that is way too reminiscent of King Ghidorrah,and a plot that is just.. nothing, it's the plot of the second movie,but less inspired. I was actually bored. Even with all the ways youexpect and allow for a movie such as The Mummy: whatever to fail, youat least expect to be "entertained." This movie does not. My advice: Ifyou are looking for something to watch when your showing of The DarkKnight is sold out, just go see Step Brothers, at least that movie isfunny.
Stephen Sommers is a crummy writer and does a poor job directing anyaction scenes, but compared to this, Sommers is a genius. In fact,compare anything in the previous Mummy films to this one, and they willlook like masterpieces in comparison. This movie is bottom of thebarrel bad, with only the mildest amount of entertainment saving itfrom being a total bore. Some laughs can be had in spite (and because)of it's stupidity, but really, this movie should not have been made! The new villain in this Mummy picture is the very nonthreatening DragonEmperor (Jet Li), who's given a lengthy stretch of backgroundinformation and character traits...something none of the maincharacters get. Rick and Evelyn O'Connel have slowed down now thattheir little boy Alex is a big man and out of the house. Evelyn is nowa struggling writer, and Rick a struggling fisherman (among otherthings), and Evelyn cannot quite think of a third book to finish herMummy stories. Alex has just made a find, and the gang is off to China.Luckily Jonathan (John Hannah) now owns a bar there so he can join onyet another mummy adventure, too. The gang ends up awakening the DragonEmperor and going to the Himalayas with some friendly yetis. Chaosensues when the Emperor tries to start up his Terracotta army.This movie was not thrilling in the least. Each scene was cut sotightly, the action scenes felt like montages, and the epic battlescenes were like schoolyard fights. The humor featured here are jokesthat would be cut from a typical sit-com for being too corny. Theacting is about what you'd expect, with the exception of Luke Ford asAlex, who gives a Pauly Shore worthy performance, acting like a idiotteen.Time to nit pick. I hated this movie, and don't want to go into detailall the big things that were bad about it...it was just bad. Here arethe small things. The movie had the weirdest set-up. It was a 15 minuteflashback, followed by 25 minutes of boredom and clichÃ©s, followed by10 minutes of action, leading to the 45 minute long climax. Why was theclimax so long and drawn out? It was awful! The scene where Rick wasfishing is more climactic than the actual climax. Also, what happenedto Alex's English accent. He went from a cute little English boy to abig cocky idiot with his head up his back side. What a jerk he was inthis one. Why was Jonathan turned to even more of a sex starvedimbecile than he was in the last film?Were yetis necessary to include? The scene with them was stupid and Ifelt like I was watching some bad Sci Fi channel original movie, not aMummy movie, though in turn, this is a bad sci fi movie, so whatever,they fit fine in the stupidity of the writing. Speaking of stupidity,and jumping to the next nit pick, one line that didn't settle rightwith me was Rick's line "I hate mummies!". Okay, that line works finein the trailer, but in context it makes no sense. He and his wife arefighting off Terracotta soldiers, with the help of mummies...so hehates the people helping him win the battle? What an ungrateful man.How did Michelle Yeoh survive to become immortal? She walked all theway to the Himilayas, only to find yetis who knew the cure to dying?Impressive.In one scene, Jonathan meets up with Rick and Evy after the mummy comesto life, and he shouldn't know what happened, yet he immediately refersto them as "Mummy magnets". How in the world did he know that it was amummy? Is he psychic or something? Also, his disregard for anyonessafety but his own got tiring. Too bad the yetis didn't rip his headoff when they had the chance.I'm sorry my review is bouncing all over the place, but that's whatthis movie does to your mind. You think back to every other movie thishas stolen from and your mind will be constantly wandering throughoutthis braindead picture. 3 mummies is too much...please don't make afourth!!!! My rating: 1/2 out of ****. 110 mins. PG-13 for violence and sexualhumor.
Such is the story: A, obvious, evil Chinese emperor seeks to rule thewhole world. He starts by killing every king in the old Chinesedynasty. But the only enemy he can't win over is death itself. Seekingout a old witch who can help him become immortal, he finds some oldbook, the witch helps him, he betrays her, she curses him and such isthe story.Ever heard it before? Well move the plot to Egypt, spice it with somelove story, and you in basic have the first Mummy movie.That is the biggest problem with this movie, it's done before.Everything in this movie is done in some way or the other in the 2first movies. Wake up an old mummy, checked. The mummy seeks to rulethe world, checked. The mummy controls an army, checked. Even the"change into some beast" is checked as it's done in The Mummy returnswhere the scorpion king is awaken.So the story is at its best thin and at its worse I hide my face inshame. The director has used almost everything from the 2 first moviesand even managed to spice it with the oldest clichÃ©s known to moviekind.And to the last, the acting is not the best out there. Brendan Fraseris doing a OK acting but that is the best of them. Maria Bello istrying very hard to fill the shoes of Rachel Weisz but fails in such afashion that it hurts. Evelyn's character feels so different from the 2other movies that I hardly believe it's the same movie line. Even JetLi as the Emperor himself fails to fill the role very good.All in all this movie is simply not worth it. They have milkedeverything they could milk from the Mummy concept yet they continue,yes, Mummy 4 is on its way.So all in all, if you don't have anything else to see then this mightfill the time, but if you have something else to do or see then do thatinstead. This simply isn't worth it.
I absolutely loved the mummy and the mummy returns. And this moviedoesn't does justice. First of all the development of characters isconfrontational, it isn't clear who is supposed to be the maincharacter and who is supposed to support, rick seems to be competingwith his son during the whole film, which becomes an old familytragedy, of son vying for his sons approval. But wait this is supposedto be a movie about a mummy. One of these old archaic globalist, whowant to rule the world. and luckily our proved cast....oh no theyreplaced Rachel, a class actress, with some zero dimensionaluninspiring person. I wanted to be rick o Connelly after seeing thefirst movie, and I fell in love with Evy, who in my opinion was theperfect love. In this movie I admire no one, and feel cold to allcharacters. it is all about the script which is a sequences ofuninspired action shots. the story is copied from the mummy. we have agroup of slots, who aren't that scary as one, who want to revive anancient evil, who of course will conquer the world once awaken. Luckelythis secret is guarded by an ancient society, this time consisting ofone person, instead of the impressive Mejia. the mummy is awakened, thecombat is done, really quickly and uninspiring, the sacrifice is made.But all is well that ends well. Only a couple of setbacks: 1 nochemistry between the actors. 2.no comprehensive plot, to manydifferent side stories. 2.though the mummy seem to be the main plot,Hollywood needs to spin the standard 1,2,3, where the romance betweenrick and envy was a simmering side plot of the mummy 1, it only took asmall percentage of the storyline. in this movie, Alex who will stickit in anything, suddenly has a undying love for 2000 year old ling. and2. well this movie sucks, I hate to say it, i really was lookingforward to it. and the sad thing is that this is a blemish on theseries.so it almost can't get better next time.
My wife got this movie for christmas,along with other recent releases and a few classics.I would not put this title with the classics,but as a cure for insomnia,it's near the top of my list.There is virtually non-stop action,but not entertaining,rather mechanical and uninspired,like watching cars being built(or destroyed)on an assembly line with never an iota of human emotion.Brendan Fraser's character and his movie-wife (a wasted Maria Bello)are now rich and bored and their son is in his early twenties.That's how you figure out brendan and his new(old) wife are about twenty years older! When you consider how much was spent on sets,costumes,effects,etc; it's curious the lead man wasn't aged a day.The relationship between brendan and his wife was superficial,and the father-son dynamic didn't exist.There are lame archeology jokes to remind you this movie is aping Indiana Jones,Yetis thrown in for those with adhd,and the icing on this steaming pile of fluff is the ending ripped right from the Lord of the Rings.It was a difficult film for me to get through,because of the constant use of uninspired cgi,boring fight scenes,and bland characters.
Please, if you value your health, your sanity, and your life, never, EVER, watch this film. Stay away from it like it was the plague! Fear it like the mummy's curse! Unless you like to see a perfectly good franchise destroyed with rotten dialogue, ludicrous storylines, and irritatingly crummy special effects, you will avoid this film at all costs. Whew! Those special effects really bother me. The undead armies look like they were a cut and paste job. And why is it set in China? And who is this playing Evelyn? What happened to Rachel Weisz? Or how about the director, Stephen Sommers? I do not know how Sommers could ever pay someone else to destroy his masterpiece, The Mummy (Widescreen Collector's Edition)(he did, though). Although, it really cannot be destroyed by this new director for the series, Rob Cohen, especially if you never watch this rubbish. And this came as a surprise to me. Cohen did such a good job with the original Dragonheart. Well, I guess you learn something new everyday!Ryan RobledoAuthor of the Aelnathan:
Just was wondering. I went to rottentomatoes.com, my fav spot to readup on movie news and saw the ratings for the Mummy 3. Then I watchedthe movie and found it a great action flick. Good story line, adeliciously evil mummy/emperor in Jet Li, action packed scenes, coolcgi, a family story and a romance and more. Then again, I am an avidfan of the mummy series. And they had yetis. lol.I was so incensed, I actually signed up for an account, just to leave acomment asking the reviewers what they had or had not been smoking. Ithink the reviews had something to do with the original actress whoplayed Brendan Frazier's wife in the first two movies, turning down therole. Some say it was because the script was bad, others say itsbecause she's won the British Oscar since the film and is a big shotnow. So, feeding frenzy, I guess.But I liked the movie and was glad I didn't allow the ratings to stopme from watching it. Do any of you follow movie critiques whenselecting what to watch? And if you do, and watch anyway, do you agreewith them most of the time?As I said, just wondering.
Like so many great movies that became dragged-out trilogies, the newestMummy falls right in. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely loved the firstmovie. But like so many sequels, this story line becomes repetitive.The first rule of sequels is to keep the cast. Rachel and Brendan andan amazing chemistry, but Maria Bello was abysmal as the new Evelyn.Her fake British accent and melodramatic acting was inexcusable. Thesets looked like they were built by 3rd graders, the effects wereoverwhelming, the scenes were disjointed and the cheesy one-liners gotold fast. Sure, Brendan Fraser still looks hot in a tux, but he stilllooks 35 even though his son is in his young 20s. Overall, I wasterribly disappointed. I wouldn't even bother seeing it intheaters...and please tell me this series is finally over.
OK, don't bother with this movie if you enjoyed the first two as muchas i did. this one sucked. there's no nicer way to say it. BrendanFraser was not at his best, and i don't think it was really his fault.the character of Evie went way south, which was marred even farther bythe fact that Rachel Weisz was not playing her. John Hannah was good asalways at least, but that was the only bonus. Jet Li did not impress methat much. the CGI wasn't even that good. the story was stupid, andbarely related to the previous ones at all. i loved the first twomovies so much, this was a huge disappointment. i didn't expect it tobe great, but i expected better than that. i barely sat through thewhole thing and i rarely feel that during any movie. don't waste moneyon seeing this movie.
very bad the story sucked and the dialog blew. I liked the other mummy movies but this one was just horrible
This movie pretty much came from a smelly tomb.The dialog was plain annoying and goofy. It wasn't this bad in theother two (though still goofy), but it just seemed that the writerswere desperate to find a last minute humor. It's ridiculous to listento what they say. But, I can't take the dialog too seriously, becausefor starters this movie is plain fiction.Maria Bello plays..Oh who cares, she was terrible. Rachel Weisz wasperfect, and she didn't want to reprise her role sadly. I believe itwas difference of opinion on the script. That was a sign from God thatthe writers should do something else with the script.Brendon Fraser is, well the same. Same for John Hannah (He pretty muchsteals the show) The special effects..just look at the trailers andbehold. What was the budget on this movie? For the story, it's a prettygood setup, but it plays off just horrible. With the mummy, he has theability to control the elements of the earth, yet he chooses to wastehis precious time with Fraser and the gang instead of just killing themlike so. There is a car chase scene where he magically pulls the carapart. Do I have a problem with the magic? No, it's just why doesn't heflip the whole car over? And the talking yetis, well I just laughed inmy head at that one.All in all the film is terrible, yet for some reason it's enjoyable.There are scenes that were a bit interesting, to say the least. It'sanother case of "It's so bad, it's enjoyable." Notice how I saidenjoyable, and not "good." This film is perfect if you want mindlessmayhem, but I wouldn't get too excited that it's in theaters.
How many times can you make the same movie. The first one was ok cause it was different. Then they made it two more times. This time with the nakedest woman in movie history, Maria Belo (sp?) (not naked) playing the Rachel Weisz part. And like every other franchise that goes on too long that add either a young side kick or a kid of one of the moron main characters or both and usually it is Shia Labeouf or some Shia wanna be ya. This movie is stOOpid and unorigional. It is like watching a rerun of the same movie for the third time. I would rather see Brendan Frazier do George of the Jungle 10 at this point.
I really wish Brendan Frasier could ride the Radmobile again. Sure, hewould somehow have to be found frozen in ice again and have to dealwith Pauly Shore, but everything else would be all gravy. Instead, weget a franchise that really is in its death throes.Jet Li is, instead, the de facto 'Encino Man', while Brendan Frasier ismore like the 'Incognito Man'. Li is the legendary first ruler ofChina, who later became paranoid and drank poisonous potions to obtaineternal life. Li didn't get to show how paranoid and murderous he couldhave got. Instead, he had to fight Frasier with a dead army.Somehow, Brendan Frasier's son, Luke Ford, also gets a love interest.Isabella Leong gets to show she is no longer a Hong Kong starlet. Buttell that to Frasier.I can make all the Encino Man jokes, but one thing remains. This filmwas average. The fighting was sometimes good, sometimes corny. I wishFrasier and Li got to fight it out. Instead, Li's army looked pathetic.And this film was Luke warm as a result. "C"
A friend was curious why I wanted to give this show a chance. Theanswer is simple, and I will not deny that I sort of enjoyed thefree-wheeling, breezy summer action-adventure-comedy with a generousdose of special effects thrown in, which the Mummy and The MummyReturns offered, together with the great chemistry between BrendanFraser, Rachel Weisz and John Hannah. But this installment of Tomb ofthe Dragon Emperor, came hot on the heels of the Hollywood bandwagon ofraiding their own franchises in order to rake in millions around theworld, and therefore fell short on many counts.The main creative force behind the Mummy franchise (discounting thespin off of The Scorpion King) is writer-director Stephen Sommers, andthis time round, he's handed over the reins to Rob Cohen, who of courseis no stranger to action flicks like this, but you know what? He'snever done a follow up movie before. He starts franchises, like TheFast and the Furious, and xXx, but never taking it over from someoneelse. Therefore, whatever original essence and flavour that the earliermovies possessed, became lost in the change at the helm. Even thejokes, usually having John Hannah delivering the bulk of them, seemedcontrived, tired and just jarring - oh we need a joke now, cut to John,say something, and cut back to the action.Then, the change in lead actress would have signalled that somethingwas amiss. While this isn't anything new (just ask Christopher Nolanwhen he replaced Katie Holmes with Maggie Gyllenhaal), it does tell yousomething that Rachel Weisz had a good reason not to reprise her role,and good for you, girl! Maria Bello was a poor replacement who lacksthe great chemistry that Weisz shared with Fraser, and worse, was letdown by the storyline. In fact, you can even take out her EveO'Connell, and you won't miss a thing, not to mention that she now hasto share the limelight with 2 other actresses in Michelle Yeoh, andcontend with a younger upstart in Isabella Leong.There were plenty other missteps along the way, more noticeably in theAsian casting. While Jet Li got star billing, he had only limitedscreen time, while his digital double had chosen to do battle withBatman in a bout of who's having the gruff voice of the year. MichelleYeoh as a witch with magical powers might just stretch it a little,though she does get some justice here when she got to go one on oneagainst Jet, after having her role unceremoniously dumped in theirearlier collaboration Fearless. While Isabella Leong primarilyfulfilled her flower vase role successfully, Russell Wong given a cameoand even Wu Jing managed to appear for 5 seconds, Anthony Wong recycledhis uniform in The Painted Veil for an appearance here, and alsorecycled his performance in being the quintessential baddie. Yes therole probably had a lot more Asian faces than your usual Hollywoodblockbuster, but these are roles that are nothing to shout about, andbeing so only because the movie is set in Post WWII China.And don't get me started on the story. This marks the 2nd consecutivetime that Jet's character got cast in stone, the previous being in TheForbidden Kingdom, and unless he wants to make this a habit, I'd say hebetter screen his next script properly. His role here is similar tothat of The Rock's in The Mummy Returns, so you'll probably be bored bythe sense of deja vu, especially when the story develops in familiarground, like high speed chases through the city at night, and setaction pieces in preventing mummy dearest from achieving full power. Ittook a leaf out of Return of the King, and had CGI armies pittingthemselves against each other in one messy lump. Arrows are cool, andthe show reminded us again. The effects, while nicely rendered, stillfelt too tired from its paying homage to whatever had already gonebefore.If you're a fan of Brendan Fraser, I'd recommend you to go watch himJourney to the Center of the Earth because he disappears into thebackground here no thanks to the insipid story. Even the 2D printshowing here would beat The Mummy hands down in the entertainmentdepartment. Unless of course you prefer having to watch something ofthe same-old, which had woefully lost the magic its predecessorspossessed. I guess some Mummies do not deserved to be resurrected.
The first 'Mummy,' now almost ten years old (Isn't that a scarythought?), was one of that summers most anticipated movies. And whodoesn't love a good old fashioned adventure movie? It turned out thatit wasn't just another blockbuster that ended up a disappointment afterso much hype. Personally, I don't think it's a really great movie, butit does have quite a bit going for it and it was an crowd pleaser andbox office smash. Two years later the first sequel, which I like betterthan the original, too was a major hit, so you'd think we'd be seeingthe further adventures of the O'Connell's sooner than later right? Forwhatever reason(s) it took seven years to finally come and judging fromthe trailers and publicity it looked to be another winner for thisfranchise. But is it? Pros: A really strong prologue. Good work from the returning and newcast members. Aside from a couple things, the CGI is actually quiteimpressive. Moves at a really quick pace, especially once the mummy isawakened. Some really well-done and exciting action sequences andstunts. Absolutely gorgeous scenery and architecture. A good sense ofhumor that the series is known for. A good adventure score. Thefilmmakers really did a good job of making this film look and feeldifferent than it's predecessors, while still staying faithful.Cons: If you were hoping that Brendan Fraser and Mario Bello would havemore chemistry than him and Rachel Weisz did in 'The Mummy Returns,'prepare to be disappointed. Some, but not much of the CGI is less thanaverage. Does feel a bit rushed.Final thoughts: I wasn't expecting a masterpiece with this one, andthat's not the viewer will get. What this latest installment is, is ahighly entertaining, amusing, unpretentious adventure film that mayleave a smile on your face when it's over. They're already talkingabout doing another one. I say go for it! My rating: 4/5
If anyone ever needs proof of the old adage, "You can't go back again",then this film is exactly what you are looking for. That, I'm afraid tosay, is about the best thing I can say about it.I'm a big fan of the original "Mummy" films. They were smart and sassy,with lots of humour, lots of action and some quality characters. I evenenjoyed "The Scorpion King", which I always assumed was the third"Mummy" film, despite it being a spin-off with none of the clanO'Connell in it. However, everything great about those films has beenlargely overlooked in this lame effort.For a start, Rachel Weisz isn't playing Eve any more. Not that thisshould be any great barrier, as long as the casting is done well.Unfortunately, it isn't. Her replacement doesn't really shine in therole at all. Instead of the smart and clumsy Egyptologist who iscapable of saving the day, we have a soft, fluffy bunny of a woman whoisn't anything like as strong as we recall her. Perhaps time hassoftened her, but I sincerely doubt it.Then there's the fact that Brendan Fraser really doesn't seem to getinto the role either. Gone is all the fire, passion and wisecracking,to be replaced by someone who does none of this. And to boot, he comesoff as a disappointed father, yet this would be contrary to hisprevious character who would no doubt have enjoyed going on missionswith his progeny. And there's another thing. How did his son gain 10years on his old man?The plots in the old films were never their strong point, but in thisfilm it's positively transparent! This is only highlighted by the 15-20minutes of back-filling on the story of the Emperor (which was actuallymore interesting than the rest of the film). What's worse is that, theminimal plot there is, seems to be more of a tale about how familiescan resolve their issues, set in a backdrop of the Chinese undead. Yes,there are some action scenes, but they are very rushed, the effectsaren't great, and they don't feel especially satisfying.Jet Li was wasted in this film. John Hannah's character was borderingon pointless. None of the other characters were explored in any greatdepth. You leave the cinema feeling like you don't really care aboutany of it. In fact, you almost resent the studio for robbing you ofyour time and money on it, to the point where you feel justified takingin your own sweets! The only saving grace is that it's not that long.If you've not seen this film yet, save yourself the effort. Go and buythe original two (which by now should be in the bargain bin) and enjoythe series as it was meant to be.
What a howling abomination of a film. Bad acting, ludicrous script,changing a major character, generally kicking the arse out of The Mummyseries. I hope the people who invested in this movie lost a lot ofmoney, and I wouldn't imagine it did much at the box office, so theyprobably did. It's nearly so awful it's funny, but it misses thisopportunity.This is a festering turd of a film which should be avoidedat all costs. The actor playing the son, Alex, was as stiff as theEmperor. The Emperor should have asked Alex's father about the secretsof immortality, as he seemed to have discovered the secret. He hadn'taged, yet his son was around 20 years old. Alex and his love interesthad a fight, then a brief chat and they were loved up. Hmmm. The Yetis'came to the rescue, and a Yak barfed on John Hannah in a plane. Thisfilm is desperate, desperate stuff. The people involved in making itneed a good slap.
I was actually disappointed. I expected something more exciting. I gotbored actually at the mid of the movie. Rachel Weis is surely missed.Maria Bello was OK but was not Eve. Completely different character. Themovie was just not impressive enough. The first mummy was fantastic,the hole Egypt theme and the rituals was fantastic. the second moviewas great, again with the Egyptian mysteries. Who wouldn't like...Patricia Velasquez was also a great reason to watch the movie. Thethird movie was a disappointment. The performance of the actors wasgood as well as the special effects. I think they focused more on theproblems the o connor family has that the dragon emperor.OK to watchwhen nothing better to do.
"The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" is pretty self explanatory. If you've seen any "Mummy" movie, you'll know that it takes a straightforward plot; you get a back story of how said mummy becomes that way, his rise from the dead, and then it's up to the O'Connell's to send that mummy back to where he came from.There are some familiar faces in "Tomb of the Dragon Emperor", Brendan Fraser reprises his role of Rick O'Connell and John Hannah returns as Jonathan. Then you have Maria Bello replacing Rachel Weisz as Evelyn and Luke Ford assuming the role of a much older Alex O'Connell. This actor switch is where the minor irregularities come in. Bello's replacement of Weisz is very noticeable and her British accent needs a lot of work. And Ford's portrayal of the older Alex is sans the British accent he had in the second film. Again, they are minor flaws, but flaws nonetheless.Everything else was pretty much the same as any of the other two "Mummy" films. You had car chases, airborne chases, plenty of shooting, tidbits of humor, lots and lots of mummies, and the same old ending. "Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" doesn't break new ground, but if you enjoyed any other film in the trilogy, you'll like this one. It's not as good as the first, but much better than the second. Crack open the sarcophagus and give the mummy one more shot at world domination, but let's just hope that in the end he'll stay in the tomb. 3.5 out of 5.
So as of now, I've seen the Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor twice andI liked it the first time and I liked it the second time. I guess youcould say that I'm not an intelligent moviegoer like the trailer forBrideshead Revisited says in the commercials, but I didn't know you hadto be to enjoy the movie.The main complaint that I've heard from most people is the exclusion ofRachel Weisz as Evie and her replacement in Maria Bello. Someone on themessage boards said that Bello didn't play Evie right, but the questionis...is there supposed to be a right way to play her? Rachel Weisz puther own spin on it and so did Maria and neither woman was right orwrong in their interpretation of her. So to those of you who arecomplaining about Maria Bello....Y'ALL GET OFF HER BACK! There...I feelbetter now :) Jet Li doesn't have to say anything...he's scary as theEmperor and somehow even more scarier in terra cotta. As always, JohnHannah is the comic relief and somehow he's gotten more funny as timeas gone on, especially loved it when he became extremely close to theyak strangely named Geraldine. Now, I know I'm probably going to get alot of flack for this, but I was extremely pleased with Luke Ford asAlex and I look forward to seeing if they continue on with the Mummyfranchise. I agree I found it odd that he had an American accent but toeach his own because I really wasn't focused on the accent(yes that isthe girl in me....he's not bad to look at!).So I guess I should mentioned the star himself, Brendan Fraser, who didexactly what he did in the last two...he rocked 'em out! That mightseem strange but again something that someone pointed out to me is thatthere was no chemistry between him and Maria Bello, but the problem isthe script never called for it because its already been establishedthat Rick and Evie love each other, so there are just trivial thingsthat people pick on.The Mummy movies are there to entertain, they don't need the trivialcomplaints of people. Don't go into the movie comparing them to theformer movies..just sit back and enjoy it and possibly forget for amoment that The Dark Knight exists(just kidding or am I?).