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  • Feb 27, 2009
Movie franchises, unlike most other human creations, often get worse with each subsequent incarnation. This is quite aptly illustrated with Brendan Fraser's Mummy franchise. The first Mummy came out in the spring of 1999, and was a commercial hit and probably the 2nd best movie of that year after the Matrix. The 2nd Mummy came out several years later, and though interesting, had some ludicrious scenes in it. This most recent Mummy just sucked. If there was ever a perfect example of a movie in which the dialogue was used solely to join adjacent action scenes together, and provide an occasional slinger, this is it. Unfortunately, even the action scenes were lackluster.

Worst of all, this movie lacked attention to detail in numerous scenes. I will expand on this last point. At the beginning of the movie, a narrator describes how the Dragon Emperor was turned to stone, and we see him frozen into a stance of pain and agony standing on the ground. Outside his palace, his army is frozen into stone while in battle formation. About 15 minutes later in the movie, this army is discovered in AD 1946, in a totally different formation, and the stone emperor is standing on a chariot holding the reins! How do stone warriors change their stance? Another screwed up scene was the episode in the Himalayas. By the constant blizzard, I would guess the temperature of this setting is around 0 degrees F. Several dozen characters are shown in this scene; many of them participating in dialogue, yet we cannot see any condensation from their breaths! And probably the worst scene of all is the final fight scene between Fraser's character, Rick, and Jet Li's chracter, the Dragon Emperor. Here we have numerous punches to the face on both sides, yet they each have perfect hair throughout the whole scene! Absolutely ridiculous!

Even after leaving out these detail flaws, the acting is also horrible. The romance scenes were totally contrived and rushed. The mother - daughter scenes seemed fake, and Jet Li's portrayal as the Dragon Emperor was totally off. His character seemed more like a general, or a magician, than that of an emperor. There was no hint of nobility, regality, or supremacy in his role; only violence. Probably the worst portrayal was that of Alex O'Connell. This guy is supposed to be British, raised in the snobbish upper-crust of British aristocracy. He seemed more like Indiana Jones. And this leads to the biggest flaw of the movie; it seemed like a watered-down version of an Indiana Jones movie. Overall, don't buy the DVD, and watch the movie only if you are really bored.

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The third film in theThe Mummyseries freshens the franchise up by setting the action in China. There, the discovery of an ancient emperor's elaborate tomb proves a feather in the cap of Alex O'Connell (Luke Ford), a young archaeologist and son of Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser) and his wife Evelyn (Maria Bello, taking over the role from Rachel Weisz). Unfortunately, a curse that turned the emperor (Jet Li) and his army into terra cotta warriors buried for centuries is lifted, and the old guy prepares for world domination by seeking immortality at Shangri La. The O'Connells barely stay a step ahead of him (climbing through the Himalaya mountains with apparent ease), but the action inevitably leads to a showdown between two armies of mummies in a Chinese desert.The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperorhas a lot to offer: a supporting cast that includes the elegant Michelle Yeoh, Russell Wong, and Liam Cunningham, the unexpected appearance of several Yeti, and a climactic battle sequence that is nightmarishly weird but compelling. On the downside, the charm so desperately sought in romantic relationships, as well as comic turns by John Hannah (as Evelyn's rascal brother), is not only absent but often annoying. Rarely have witty asides in the thick of battle been more unwelcome in a movie. Rob Cohen's direction is largely crisp if sometimes curious (a fight between Fraser and Jet Li keeps varying in speed for some reason), but his vision of Shangri La, in the ...
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Genre: Action, Adventure
DVD Release Date: December 16, 2008
Runtime: 112 minutes
Studio: Universal Studios
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