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With middling CG effects and a distinct lack of fun, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor finds the series past its prime.
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As we move from city to desert to mountains, the action gets more frenetic and increasingly silly, which is no bad thing in a Mummy movie.
It's usually advisable to arrive for a film before it starts, but if you happen to be running late for this enjoyably brainless blockbuster, do not worry.
The Mummy franchise now really is dead, dead, dead. It is so dead, it could win gold at the Dead Olympics, establishing a new British and Commonwealth record in the 400m decomposition event.
Making the farcical tenor of the recent Indiana Jones film feel like a paragon of dramatic and archaeological integrity, this phoned-in action threequel doesn't even have the good grace to deliver on its title and feature any mummies
I was never a fan of the first two, but those are masterpieces compared to this clunk 'o junk.
For a movie about the undead, this lacks any supernatural chills, and by the time its obligatory final showdown arrives, it seems as hollow as the terra cotta soldiers brought to life by CGI.
Thankfully The Mummy doesn't forget its history and remains a tomb-raiding yarn without attempts to break genre conventions. For better or worse we get exactly what it says in the title: a mummy, a tomb and a dragon emperor.
Tomb of the Dragon Emperor isn't nearly up to the mark set by the previous modern mummy movies
Never trust a movie in which a character exclaims "here we go again", just as Brendan Fraser does 30 minutes into the third instalment of The Mummy franchise.
Pray that this is a franchise that's dead for good this time.
A movie series called The Mummy is naturally going to have a limited focus. Universal might have been better off focusing on the various adventures of Rick and Evelyn to give them a wider range of material. But they haven't, so mummies it is.
The makers of the wildly lucrative Mummy franchise are flogging a dead corpse ... the adventure that's been disinterred is more than a little whiffy.
"The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" has the original cast together and it is in focus the entire time. There is not much else to say about this franchise killer, because the actors all seem to be foaming it in, the plot is too complex to be enjoyable, and the script is so dumb that I did not care about anything that was going on. While shorter than the first two films, it actually feels the longest. With so many bloated ideas plotted into this picture, there is not one interesting one to latch onto. Once Rick's son grows up, he kind of takes over the family business until his parents are dragged back into the Mummy world for one more ride. Like many "Last Time" films, it has run this franchise into the ground. There really are no redeeming qualities to this picture, which is sad. Ever since the beginning in 1999, these films have been going down hill. Recommendation: Just stay away.
Ultimately the absence of Rachel Weisz and the change in location and mythology are the biggest flaws in this film. Weisz was a major part of the first two films and by having her replaced by Maria Bello, the original character is lost and replaced with one that doesn't meet Weisz's performance. The fact that the story and mythology are set in China distances this installment very far away from the first two films due to the major change. This was one reason that I felt defeated the objective of having "The Mummy" title on this film. At the same time, Arnold Vosloo's Imhotep was "The Mummy" in the first two films and this time Jet Li's Dragon Emperor takes the role of the power hungry cursed creature. Again, this also made it irrelevant of having "The Mummy" title as it the location, mythology and villain have no links to the first two films. Another flaw was the obvious CGI effects which, even from within the first 7 minutes, can be very easily be told apart from physical and computer effects. However, the fact that Brendan Fraser and John Hannah reprise their roles didn't make this film a complete failure. Even though this film features some strong action moments, this highlight of the film was in fact one of the reasons that made me struggle to enjoy "The Mummy Returns"; they both focus too much on constant action and not the horror or characters to the extent that "The Mummy" did. Finally, the comical aspect of this film went too far as it attempted to be far more humorous than the other two. Again, this was one aspect which stopped me from full enjoying the first two films, and in fact stopped me from giving the first film the best score. Overall, this is obviously the weakest out of the trilogy. My advice, maybe watch it once and maybe act that only "The Mummy" and "The Mummy Returns" exist.
The storyline is interesting as it is about an evil Chinese Emperor (Jet Li) being raised from the dead. There are great special effects in the desert and also in the snow scenes. The fighting scenes are fab between Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh. The disappointing parts include Brendan Fraser's cheesy lines and the fact that he doesn't look old enough to have a grown up son!
Decent action, the wit of the first two movies is gone though and the chemistry between Brendan Fraser and Maria Bello was non existent.
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