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    August 1, 2008

    THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR

    English (U) 31 July 2008
    Distributor: Universal Pictures
    Running Time: approx. 113 minutes
    Director: Rob Cohen
    Producer: Stephen Sommers, James Jack, Bob Ducsay, Sean Daniel
    Writer: Alfred Gough, Miles Millar
    Casts: Brendan Fraser, Jet Li, Michelle Yeoh, Maria Bello, Luke Ford
    Plot: Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser) is joined in this all-new adventure by son Alex (newcomer Luke Ford), wife Evelyn (Maria Bello) and her brother, Jonathan (John Hannah) to combat the resurrected Qin Emperor (Jet Li) in an epic that races from the catacombs of ancient China high into the frigid Himalayas. This time, the O'Connells must stop a mummy awoken from a 2,000-year-old curse that threatens to plunge the world into his merciless, unending service.

    Our Verdict:

    Green Tea says:
    Seven years ago, The Mummy Returns gave some idea on how originiality resonance and how that piece of master piece by Stephen Sommers was a big hit, high intense and action-packed. Now he is in the excecutive producers, Rob Cohen take over and something is not right here. The story doesn't reminded me of any of those from previous ones. I'm sad to say that the story pace is rather disappointing and seems to be an attempt to breakaway from the originiality but it fails to realize. Silly things, comedy all works but not the simple presentation of story with almost no suspense and unforgetful moments, unlike the one in The Mummy Returns. There are just too many loopholes and unrecognize sequences to be relied on. Brandon in his role again as Rick O'Connell. He really delivers, as with some other casts. I first thought Evy (played by Maria Bello, instead of Rachel Weisz) not in that kind of mood and suitable, but as the story goes, it seems like we forgot who is the original Evy was. Rick's son, Alex played by Luke Ford, is one of the dismay performance. Nothing much he did delivered in the story, his personas that he should inherited from his parents - not quite there yet. He is not your kind of adventurer. Jet Li may seems a perfect choice but he too not giving his strongest performance. He as an emperor, something weird, yet he maybe not the best for that role. Gone all his trademark as a fighter!! The cinematography and effects are rather average but I have to say the camera angle shots used in the movie is absolutely brilliant. STORY (2.5 stars), CAST (4.0 stars), EFFECTS (3.5 stars), CINEMATOGRAPHY (4.0 stars) - 3.0 stars

    Reno says:
    It failed to distinguish itself from other action movie by its mummy-ness as it used to be. Credits for the actions and CG. A very typical action-packed but brainless movie. Here's how summer ends. - 3.0 stars

    Lim says:
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    Prisc says:
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    2 comments:

    1. i never thought of watching this movie in the first place. the directors should have just rest at mummy 2... mummy 3 sounded weird so is the plot.

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    2. The one star I plopped on this clunky bore-athon is due to the presence of the great Jet Li as the evil Dragon Emperor of the subtitle and the gorgeous Michelle Yeoh as Zi Yuan, a witch who's been on the Emperor¹s ass for over 2000 years.

      Peter Travers
      Rolling Stone

      http://www.rollingstone.com/reviews/movie/22126971/review/22126827/the _mummy_tomb_of_the_dragon_emperor


      martial-arts superstar Jet Li triumphs as the mostly wordless evil Emperor Han of ancient China, a glowing magma spirit locked in a terra cotta shell.

      Jane Horwitz
      Washington Post

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/31/AR2008 073100734.html

      Still, Li makes a great villain, using his powers to create fire, ice and other elements.

      Edward Douglas
      Coming Soon
      http://www.comingsoon.net/news/weekendwarriornews.php?id=47377

      Toward the end of The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh launch into a vigorous sword fight — and what a grand pleasure it is to watch these two world-class stars in action again...Their duel atop the Great Wall of China is a reunion of titans, an Old Timers' Day for two actor-athletes still in their sinuous prime. Forgive the effusions of an alter-kocker fanboy, but the flinty glamour of Li and Yeoh — buttressed by the stolid, sneering presence of top Hong Kong villain Anthony Wong Chau-sang (who in 1993 appeared in 15 films!) — is the best reason to catch this third in the series of Indiana Jones knockoffs.

      Richard Corliss
      TIME
      http://www.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,1828343,00.html

      A memorably badass Jet Li.
      Nathan Rabin
      AV Club
      http://www.avclub.com/content/cinema/the_mummy_tomb_of_the_dragon

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