05 August 2008

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor; a movie review

Whoa. Brendan Fraser is making a momentous comeback to the big screen! After "Journey to the Center of the Earth" which was a wild adventure ride, along comes the third installment to the Mummy Franchise. I loved the first movie, and when Mummy returned featuring the Scorpion King, it was time for more mayhem! So how did this year's Mummy fare in my book?

What a nice Mummy comeback. The series, which has gotten the reputation of high action and thrills, has made a screen comeback. This actually came as a surprise, because we caught trailers only a few weeks before it was going to be shown. But since it was The Mummy, of course we had to watch it!

The characters reprised their roles, all but the feisty Rachel Weisz. Where is she? She's terribly missed. Kudos to Maria Bello for filling in her shoes, but Rachel Weisz's absence was considerably felt in this movie.


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The power-greedy Chinese Emperor and his terra cotta soldiers (taken from real-life context), were a nice angle to the story. It was even cool to see Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh in it. But... I don't know. There was something missing. Because when the movie finished, we simply got up and left.

Too much computer animation?
I got confused actually when the Yetis appeared.
Jet Li becoming a three-headed dragon?

I thought there was an exaggeration in these sequences. It would have been better if Jet Li could not transform into other beings because since he was able to do this after all, he could have transformed into a giant or some hideous monster and detroyed the skeleton army in one swift blow. But nooo. He had to spar with the humans.

Also, the place where the diamond shows the direction to Shangri-La, they had so much firepower that they could have simply riddled the tower with bullets until it was no longer usable when the explosives didn't go off.

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The plot was was not strong, computer animation got in the way of the plot, a lot of exaggerations. It's sad, but the Mummy ought to have been left where it was buried.

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