Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor

Mummy 3 Poster

Rated:  PG-13

Running Time: 112 Minutes

Year: 2008

Nudity: None

One Sentence: Why have Jet Li in your movie if you are not going to use Jet Li.

I think the Mummy movies are fun, they are light, sometimes funny, and really are the fun monster movie/action advention tomb raiding movies they should be.  They never took themselves too seriously, and I think that is what I always liked about them.  They were not about making the next big serious adventure movie, they were about having fun and fighting scary monsters, in this case Mummy's.  So I was excited about the third even though I could hardly remeber much about the first 2 except for those scary scarabs.

This one has a Chinese twist, and with a documentary I saw on the terra cotta warriors recently was topical as well.  It deals with a cursed emperor of China played by Jet Li.  He might be getting up there in years, but you have Jet Li in your movie, and well he is not really known for his amazing acting ability more like his amazing martial arts skills and well they just didn't seem to want to have him really use those skills.  So I think that was a bit of a let down, you just want certain people to do certain things, and this is one of those things.  

Every girl I have talked to about the movie does not like Maria Bello replacing Rachael Weisz in the third Mummy flick.  I can say I hardly noticed, she did fine to me as the whole movie was as mediocre as Maria.  They kept with the Mummy, the comedy, the cuteness, the action and the dead things fighthing, but it felt empty, forced, and stale.  I should not be surprised, we are at part 3, about Mummies how much flare and new things can they do.  I guess even with the knowledge that it was a part 3, it just phoned it in and didn't wow me in any way.  So I don't know you might want to rent it if you are a fan of the other 2, but you don't have to go to the theater to see this one. 

3 Stars 

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