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The third installment in the Mummy franchise takes archaeologist Rick O'Connell to China, pitting him against an emperor from the 2,000-year-old Han dynasty who's returned from the dead to pursue a quest for world domination. This time, O'Connell enlists the help of his family -- including his wife and son -- to quash the so-called Dragon Emperor and his abuse of supernatural power.
The only film that has ever made me walk out of the cinema. It almost made me walk out of my own house..
"Here we go again..."
Who needs Rachel Weisz?
Who needs decent special effects?
Who needs an engaging plot?
Hell, who even needs a fucking mummy?!
Brendan Fraser's Rick O'Connell had a charm about him in the two previous "Mummy" films but this was quickly dispensed with and descended into a CGI fest, not a particularly good one at that.
Another tomb,another mummy, but no Rachel Weisz. Boo hiss. It's overblown and a little too predictable and even with Maria Bello taking over from our Rach it's boring beyond belief. Dodgy CGI aside the thrills just aren't there. And their son is as annoying as he was as a kid in the second film. Rob Cohen should have stuck to producing as his directorial cv reads like a car crash. Unlikely there'll be more of these films and they should have stuck with just the two.
I kept waiting for Nicolas Cage to make an appearance but even he didn't want to appear in a film this bad.
(I was watching this with the PMI commentary)
To start off, this came out in a month after THE DARK KNIGHT. I went to see THE DARK KNIGHT, for my 4th time, with my friend, who happened to have cancer at the time. After THE DARK KNIGHT ended, we wanted to see another movie, but had no money. My friend told the ticket guy that he had cancer, and the ticket man gave us free tickets to...
THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR
...and I remember enjoying it like I would've probably given it like a 3/5, at the time.
Well, 7 years later, I re-watched this "film." And, holy shit, I cannot thing of one redeemable value in…
The Mummy doesn’t return in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor but Jet Li’s Emperor, more specifically, you guessed it, Dragon Emperor serves as the big bad in this final (?) instalment.
To be honest this wasn’t less entertaining than The Mummy Returns, the utterly confusing thing is that the filmmakers decided to repeat the mistakes that made the initial sequel less compelling than The Mummy though.
I’m fine with the story being relocated to China and names like Michelle Yeoh, Anthony Wong and Jet Li (well the last one not that much) brighten up my mood, but the now adult son of Rick and Evelyn gets more annoying and the fuckers just couldn’t resist to make some CGI…
Maybe if the movie had Rachel Weisz it would have been better. Anyways this third movie wasn't even as half good as the first two.
Though "The Mummy" movies are not exactly "Raiders of the Lost Ark", they are still decent quest-based movies that are best shown in night matinees. But as for the belated sequel, it just came off as lame. Set now in China, Brendan Fraser's Rick O'Connell has to evade an ancient Chinese army, led by Jet Li. And this story somehow connects this to the Great Wall of China (where the Matt Damon China movie seemed to be inspired of). Expect action and bombast in the non-spectacular fashion, as it seems so obvious that A-listers like Maria Bello and Michelle Yeoh signed on here for a paycheck. And if you are expecting mummy action, it is standard B-movie quality. Add a lame story, choppy editing and jarring tonal shifts, and you get the lackluster of the "Mummy" movies.
As someone who is a big fan of the orginal two movies in the franchise, and who has named The Mummy Returns one of her favourite movies. third installment was unfortunately terrible.
The storyline wasn't farfetched, however there was a recasting of a main character, who presence in the previous film was shattered by a new actors portrayal. There were inaccuracies with accents in the film and just overall the film was badly executed.
I still love the franchise, I just wish it had turned out better
So it's possible for a $145 million movie to produce and release a Mummy sequel with far worse special effects than Mummy 2? I'm actually astounded, no kidding.
This movie is crap. I wasted my precious time watching this, I won't waste any more reviewing it.
I sometimes wonder why did they do this (contract obviously) and it just doesn't live up to the first two. A real waste :/
So bad it has to explain one of its jokes.
Amidst it, there is some incredible set design that deserves far more attention.
God this movie was terrible - and fair enough, not helped by watching it in China. But most irritating was the deliberately ambiguous portrayal of the evil militias, so that they could seem like Communists in Taiwan and Nationalists in the PRC. Smudging politics for marketing reasons turns out to really get under my skin.
And thinking back on it now, isn't this the movie where Tibet/Yunnan is inhabited only by Mandarin-speakers and yetis? If it's supposed to be set in 1946 they're fast-forwarding cultural genocide by at least 100 years in order to ingratiate themselves with mainland audiences and Beijing censors. Half a star is suddenly seeming vastly generous.
Remember it being okay...
Cringe worthy and embarrassing.
The dialogue in this film, and especially earlier moments in the film with it's attempts at humour and wit just fall flat. Like hard. They fall so hard, that if it were a face, the skull would cave in and shatter to nothingness. That's how hard they fall, and it just left me cringing.
I really like Brendan Fraser, and he was trying hard. Not that he could do much with dialogue this bad. John Hannah is a great actor but he wasn't funny in this, again, due to the script.
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