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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)

Reviewed on 2009 October 13

I’d heard poor reviews of this, which I told Mr. Shukti was more like “Crouching Ghoul, Hidden Mummy” than a regular mummy movie. It was an okay action flick, and while I’m glad I didn’t pay to see it, it’s a decent enough catch on HBO and has enough CGI to keep older kids amused.

Emperor Han (Jet Li) is an overachiever, not satisfied with the Great Wall of China (and this shows what a monster he is, the bodies of his underlings fill the Wall’s mortar like peanut shells on a barroom floor) or his power. He wants immortality, and he dispatches General Ming Guo (Russell Wong) to bring him a powerful witch (Michelle Yeoh) to grant him eternal life. We all know that when egomaniacal tyrants try to live forever, things fail, and this is no exception. Meanwhile, Rick and Evie O’Connell (Brendan Fraser and Maria Bello) are coaxed out of retirement to deliver a baseball-sized jewel (aren’t they always, in these movies?) to China, and because vacations never turn out easily for them, soon find themselves fighting Han.

This had a couple things wrong with it The first was substituting Maria Bello for Rachel Weisz as Evie, and that’s not a slam against Maria at all, just my opinion of switching the cast in the middle of a franchise. I like Rachel very much but if Maria had started as Evie and they put Rachel in mid-stream I’d be saying the same thing, and things might have been better had Evie just been “at a conference” and this entry just focused on Rick trying to reign in his rogue bother-in-law. I also thought Luke Ford was just tool old to play the O’Connell’s son Alex (or Fraser and Bello were still too young). And while I always enjoy Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh, this was just not a mummy movie. I understand wanting to change scenery after two bouts of fighting in the desert, but this was too much of a change to feel like a sequel.

One chocolate morsel and a Singapore Sling.



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