The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Review

2 Aug

First, I would like to apologize for any of my readers who may notice that this post is late (I normally post at 7am everyday). I had an entry written for today, but I went to the newest Mummy movie last night and decided that I must post that today, so I’m late. But this is worth it…you must read this before you make plans for your weekend DO NOT GO SEE The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. Whatever you do this weekend, just heed those words…

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor has a few problems. The first of which is Brendan Fraser’s acting, but I’m not gonna critique him because as mom said “who wrote this? 5th graders?” This Mummy movie, like the others, revolves around Brendan Fraser’s semi-bumbling character and his wife finding a Mummy and then accidentally awakening it. Wait, this time it is his grown son who found the Mummy? How old is his son? How old is he?

Major problem, Rick O’Connell (Fraser) and his son look the same age. A quick Wikipedia search tells me that Brendan Fraser was born December 3, 1968 (so he is 39) and tells me Luke Ford (plays Alex O’Connell) was born sometime in 1981 (same as me!) which makes him either 26 or 27. Rick O’Connell was pretty virile at age 11! Even the movies’ time lines are iffy. The first movie was set in 1922, the second in 1933 and the third 1942. In the second movie Alex was played by a 10 year old (Freddie Boath) and 9 movie years later he is played by a 27 year old? They look like brothers more often than father/son.

Another major problem is that Brendan Fraser seems blissfully unaware that the movie is set in the 1940’s. Everyone else has British (or Chinese) accents and Brendan sounds like a 1990’s American. In fact, he sounds the same as every other movie he has ever done. Except the ones that he didn’t really talk in, like George of the Jungle and Encino Man.

Third major problem is that they have moved the Mummy franchise to China. When someone says mummy you think China right? With all the NBC Universal GE cross promotional stuff for the Olympics and The Mummy movie I kinda expected to see someone winning a gold medal. GE appears to have massacred a large franchise of theirs as a cross promotional tie-in with the Olympics and it is sad.

Finally, how much CGI did they really need in this movie? There are Yeti (3 of them), avalanches, TWO undead armies and more firework explosions than I could count. I mean I know fireworks are gunpowder and blow up, but I think they went a little overboard with the near mushroom clouds in the city chase scene. Did you know Yeti can talk? They speak ancient Chinese. How convenient because it just so happens the mother/daughter team that protects Shangri-La are actually thousands of years old and have spent their life protecting the tomb and Shangri-La but took some free time to learn perfect English.

In a very critical scene the mother casts a spell to raise the “good” undead army. It is critical because she offers up something very precious to her and her daughter to complete the spell. She reads the spell off of ancient bamboo scrolls (written in Ancient Chinese) but she reads it in English. The first five minutes (other than the narrator) or so of the movie is entirely in sub titles, but someone decided that this pivotal moment had to be in English for us. I am not one to LOVE reading during a movie, but it was just another jarring moment to take you out of the movie. The only thing I could think is, did she re-write the ancient scrolls in English or is she that good a translator that she can translate it into a very well written English spell.

Overall this movie had more moments where the audience would giggle in the wrong moments than real comedic moments. The best character written (and acted) was the brother in-law John Carnahan (John Hannah) who was the comedic relief. He had the line of the movie for me because it was so absurd a situation and line that made it so cheesy that it was funny.

I give The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor .5 out of 5 stars. And I believe that after seeing this Mummy movie you will take at least one star rating off of whatever you thought of the previous Mummy movies.

Quote of the movie: (After crash landing the small 1940’s era prop plane on the side of a mountain with a Yak in the back of the plane) John Carnahan is seen covered in this whitish blueish “puke” in the back of the plane sitting next to the Yak to which he replied “What? The Yak yakked!”

Finally, while researching for this site I noticed at the bottom of the Wikipedia entry it says:

Actress Maria Bello stated in an interview that another Mummy film will “absolutely” be made, and that she has already signed on. Actor Luke Ford is signed on for three more films. Bello even hinted the fourth may be in South America, keeping with Jonathan’s move to Peru at the end.

Luke Ford has signed on for three more Mummy films? Are they out of their mind?

4 Responses to “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Review”

  1. InfiJess August 2, 2008 at 1:55 pm #

    Thank you for the warning! Though I don’t remember seeing the first two either.

  2. media boy August 5, 2008 at 6:16 pm #

    Sounds like Tomb of the Dragon Emperor met everyone’s expectations… generally Brendan Frasier tries too hard to act, so you can tell he’s acting


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