The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (Full Screen)
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Brendan Fraser and Jet Li star in the action-packed adventure The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor! When a 2,000-year-old curse is broken, a ruthless dragon emperor (Li) comes back to life with a diabolical plan to enslave the world. Mankind’s only hope against him and his legions of undead warriors lies with the courageous O’Connell family, who chase him from the dangerous catacombs of China, to the icy Himalayas and beyond. Featuring intense battle sequences, breathtaking visual effects and extraordinary creatures, it’s a thrilling journey that Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times calls “the best in the series!”
The third film in the The Mummy series 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 Emperor has 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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Point is, I see The Mummy as the perfect popcorn flick. It knew exactly what it wanted to be, and it was that to the fullest. And it plays with its own tropes. The characters are practically aware of the cheesy sort of situation their in, and they own their roles. Brendan Fraser, who has just had the most rotten luck in the past decade or so, is at his best here. He plays a character who is simultaneously super-skilled and very vulnerable in a fight, intelligent but able to make the occasional dumb joke. In short, he's the perfect lighthearted action hero.
The story itself is very tightly told, and there's relatively little wasted space. The CGI is clearly dated at this point, but it doesn't stand out quite like the Rock's face does in the sequel. But overall, the best part is that The Mummy is willing to have fun with itself. It's a classic tale of derring-do that we just don't see enough of these days. If you haven't seen this movie yet, see it. And if you have seen it, see it again. It's just a great way to spend a couple hours and come away smiling.
Not to mention the flawless special effects done almost 20 years ago qre still holding up better than modern films barring very few. And they look gorgeous. When you first see Imhotep's mummy form it is beyond jaw-dropping to the point where James Cameron and his Na'vi are hulk green with jealousy.
Lastly the sound mix is an awesome DTS-HD track that even on my less than stellar soumd system makes my house shake without the sound 3itself even being slightly distorted.
And lastly all the special features included are the same as the collector's edition I've had since 1999-2000. They aren't in HD but hey, it's not really a big deal.
All this wrapped up in a nice sexy steelbook.
I looked forward to seeing the third installment of "The Mummy" with anticipation, but was disappointed to the extent of taking a one day hiatus halfway through the film - it was that bad. The first two installments captivated me with a sense of adventure and were entertaining. This one just plain falls flat. While the introduction to the film was good enough, the rest lacked much of any kind of story which leaves the audience wondering what is happening and why.
First thing you'll notice is that Evie O'Connell is played by a different actress. The magic between Brendan Frazer and Rachel Weisz is missing to the point that (even though you know Maria Bello is supposed to be Evie) one asks, "Who is this woman"?
Alex O'Connell is now a young adult and an adventurer in his own right. But where the second Mummy film showed us a tight knit family who would do anything for each other, Alex is now a rebel, Rick is a father who nags his son. Remember the lines from Mummy 2?
Rick: "It isn't easy being a dad!"
Alex: "No, but you do it real good."
What happened to that relationship and support? This movie portrays a family who doesn't really seem to care a lot for each other and is in severe need of reconciliation. Really bad scripting. Drags the film into the "B" category for this tired old saw.
There is action here .... a LOT of action. But it doesn't hang together like the earlier releases. It just seems as if the writers looked for every reason to have lots of things going on to make up for a dramatic lack of story line.
Even Brendan Frazer seems tired with the role. His earlier spark as the pluck adventurer is gone and it seems as if he's saying mentally, "here we go again. Kill the bad guy, save the world."
The CGI and effects in the movie are nice and you won't be disappointed here. However, it takes more than just a bunch of special effects to make a good story.
Sorry guys; for as much as I liked the first two Mummy films and enjoyed Brendan Frazer in them, I have to give this movie a `thumbs down'. They should change the title to: "Mummy 3: An Atrocious Continuance". Two stars ... and I'm being generous. Recommended as a one time rental only.
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