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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (Widescreen) by Rob Cohen, Director
Review by Charles Mohapel
Universal Studios DVD  ISBN/ITEM#: B001HQZJMU
Date: 29 December 2008 List Price $29.98 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

First of all, I admit that I own The Mummy, The Mummy Returns, and The Scorpion King, all of which I categorize as great summer fare, especially when accompanied by popcorn and a beverage. Sure the plots all require you to suspend your sense of disbelief, but once you have done so, sit back and enjoy the action.

My one big regret is that Rachel Weiss declined to reprise her role as Evy O'Connell. Maria Bello is good in the action sequences but where she fails is in her inability to show a really soft feminine side like Ms. Weiss. Rachel Weiss is the equivalent of a steel magnolia from the Old South - a lady but with a core of steel. Maria Bello just wasn't able to fill the role to my satisfaction.

From official release/information:

Product Description:
Studio: Universal Pictures
Release Date: 12/16/2008
Run time: 112 minutes
Rating: PG13

From The third film in the The Mummy series freshens the franchise up by setting the action in China. There, the discovery of an ancient emperor's elaborate tomb proves a feather in the cap of Alex O'Connell (Luke Ford), a young archaeologist and son of Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser) and his wife Evelyn (Maria Bello, taking over the role from Rachel Weisz). Unfortunately, a curse that turned the emperor (Jet Li) and his army into terra cotta warriors buried for centuries is lifted, and the old guy prepares for world domination by seeking immortality at Shangri La. The O'Connells barely stay a step ahead of him (climbing through the Himalaya mountains with apparent ease), but the action inevitably leads to a showdown between two armies of mummies in a Chinese desert. The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor has a lot to offer: a supporting cast that includes the elegant Michelle Yeoh, Russell Wong, and Liam Cunningham, the unexpected appearance of several Yeti, and a climactic battle sequence that is nightmarishly weird but compelling. On the downside, the charm so desperately sought in romantic relationships, as well as comic turns by John Hannah (as Evelyn's rascal brother), is not only absent but often annoying. Rarely have witty asides in the thick of battle been more unwelcome in a movie. Rob Cohen's direction is largely crisp if sometimes curious (a fight between Fraser and Jet Li keeps varying in speed for some reason), but his vision of Shangri La, in the Hollywood tradition, is certainly attractive. -- Tom Keogh

(Source: Universal Studios)

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