The Mummy 3 Tomb of the Dragon Emporer Review

7 out of 10 Skulls
Written by: Meh   

Went out opening day to see Mummy 3 in theatres and I am a bit slow in writing my review. its been one of those weeks. The film made like 47million dollars which shocked me when you consider there were all of 10 people in the theatre when I saw it opening day. That was however 4 more then when I saw X-Files 2.

Brendan Fraser returns as explorer Rick O’Connell to combat the resurrected Han Emperor (Jet Li) in an epic that races from the catacombs of ancient China high into the frigid Himalayas. Rick is joined in this all-new adventure by son Alex (newcomer Luke Ford), wife Evelyn (Maria Bello) and her brother, Jonathan (John Hannah). And this time, the O’Connells must stop a mummy awoken from a 2,000-year-old curse who threatens to plunge the world into his merciless, unending service.

Doomed by a double-crossing sorceress (Michelle Yeoh) to spend eternity in suspended animation, China’s ruthless Dragon Emperor and his 10,000 warriors have laid forgotten for eons, entombed in clay as a vast, silent terra cotta army. But when dashing adventurer Alex O’Connell is tricked into awakening the ruler from eternal slumber, the reckless young archaeologist must seek the help of the only people who know more than he does about taking down the undead: his parents.

As the monarch roars back to life, our heroes find his quest for world domination has only intensified over the millennia. Striding the Far East with unimaginable supernatural powers, the Emperor Mummy will rouse his legion as an unstoppable, otherworldly force...unless the O’Connells can stop him first.

Overall the movie is more of the same. Fans of the first two mummy films will likely enjoy the movie. I am a fan of the first two films and found the movie to be an entertaining all be it kiddy flick. The charm and humor of the first two films however did not translate well to the third film and the dynamic between Brendan Fraser and Maria Bello was missing making the husband and wife dynamic fall completely flat. Its one of the risks you run in recasting one of the main leads in a film. Add to that the introduction of a 20 year old son that makes no sense at all.. and who also cant act and you end up with a muddled family dynamic that takes away from the film. Admittedly the Mummy movies are cheesy flicks but I enjoy them.

I like that Branden Frasers character is over the top and full of stupid one liners and mindless and un-plausible action. Unfortunately in Mummy 3 it tries to take itself to serious and seems to be more about the son then the dad. You really dont need two goofy leads in a film that has very little depth. The attraction for me to the films was the goofy character, the over the top stories, the great fx and the mindless fun that it offered. Although Mummy 3 is not a bad movie its no longer the fun campy film making that I enjoyed in the first two. I would say this movie is at best a rental it is just more of the same from the first two films and even the addition of Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh could not make it exciting and new. its not worth the $10 for a coke and a popcorn and the $8.95 for the ticket. Save your money and rent it.

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