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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 Hollywood tradition, is certainly attractive. --Tom Keoghbr>



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CastJet Li, Brendan Fraser, John Hannah, Luke Ford
Genre:  Action, Adventure
DVD Release Date:  December 16, 2008
Runtime:  112 minutes
Studio:  Universal Studios
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review by . December 30, 2008
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Several years have passed since "The Mummy" (1999) and "The Mummy Returns" (2001) had made decent box-office outings. The second sequel (arguably unneeded sequel) to the action-fantasy franchise has a different director at the helm, in the name of Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious). If the first two films were any indication, Stephen Sommers is indeed a good action director; he knows how to make the wide camera angle, doesn't rely on slow motion and how to make his actors look quite good. Rob …
review by . February 27, 2009
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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 …
review by . December 18, 2008
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Best to view this on a nice big television screen with a good upscaling DVD player, and a fabulous sound system with subwoofer. The Mummy is a visual and audio barrage - maybe even fireworks.    The story line is choppy, definately. It really doesn't make a ton of sense. The thing looks like Indiana Jones made all over again. This time with better computer graphics and better sound.     Brendan Fraser is sort of likeable here, just about the same character …
review by . December 12, 2008
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There are a few reviewers who have said that these movies are great escapism, they're not meant to be taken seriously nor are the characters. The characters seem to be mere extensions of the old action movie clich├ęs of the past with Brendan Fraser being the tough talking action hero, and John Hannah being the wimpy slimeball who always survives thanks to the heroes. I have to be thruthful and say I've never watched the first two Mummy movies in their entirety, I have only caught them either at the …
review by . November 20, 2008
I did not believe that this movie could possibly be so bad until I saw it. I would have left when the Yeti came out except I was surrounded on either side. There is absolutely no chemistry between any of the characters-- they all act as though they are on the stage saying their lines by themselves. Brendan Frazier maintains one tone of voice throughout-- irritated and loud. Maria Bello as Evie is too "suave" with none of the endearing clumsiness of Rachel Weisz, and it looks as though she and Fraser …
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