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Plot: In the Far East, Alex O'Connell, the son of famed mummy fighters Rick and Evy O'Connell, unearths the mummy of the first Emperor of Qin -- a shape-shifting entity cursed by a witch centuries ago. Runtime: 112 mins Release Date: 01 Aug 2008
I have decided that I need to start adding my comments on IMDb which I had rarely done before just to offset all the comments from other people that I tend not to agree with. Sure, when I see a solid 7 or 8 on IMDb, the movie seems to warrant that type of score, but lately I've been seeing a lot of movies that are not bad that are getting unfairly hammered on their scores. On average I probably watch over 300 movies a year - now that doesn't give me a Masters degree in film or whatnot, but to be able to have an opinion about an art form it doesn't take a degree. So to all of you <more>
scanning IMDb comments like I do, consider pausing with this one cause I'm gonna try to give you my view straight up. Enough of that. The key to all movies is expectations. Going into the theater or before renting the movie - what were you expecting? Before you go and see a mummy movie that is an action/adventure, I do not think expecting a lot of great acting and academy-award winning chemistry is reasonable. I do, however, expect decent/good acting; if you get great acting/chemistry - that's icing on top. Like others commented - at a high level this movie follows the formula of the previous ones. That's not a bad thing since I cannot imagine a new and amazing mummy story featuring an Indiana Jones wanna-be couple. I also think some of the casting might not have been the best, but I did not see any blaring failures. John Hannah was a refreshing character this go around whereas I think he might have been a little too much of a winner in the past. I also do not think Maria Bello did a bad job at all - I tend to think that when a major character is covered by a new actor or actress, you should not expect the same result. Thus the question to me isn't whether or not she was as good as Rachel Weisz or whether she would have done a better job, the question is whether or not Maria added or detracted from the character in the story. I found her to be attractive, pleasant and physically capable for the role. She seemed to meet the threshold for me. Now the weakest link was Luke Ford - with the worst chemistry with the other characters - so there you could argue he did not meet the threshold of "good enough" for me; poor casting in my opinion in terms of both his acting and age. In sharp contrast to other reviewers, I found the humor in the movie to be good - though perhaps not as often or funny as I would have liked. Pace of the movie was great - either the action or the environment of the movie kept me interested. Some of the sets were very detailed although not historically accurate. The action and the CGI was excellent - the choreography and editing was done very well. I truly despise the tendency of modern action to either focus too close to the action, cut too often or overuse camera angles - this movie did none of those; anybody who complains of the use of wires in this movie needs to stop watching action/fantasy movies that involve thousands of undead - that's like complaining about the use of stunt people. If you are looking for another action/adventure movie cause you've seen a ton of them like me or you like the Mummy movie series enough to want to see another, you probably won't be disappointed. If you're looking for amazing acting with action/suspense/adult themes go watch Lantana, The Blackbook or 300. Solid 7.5 7 is a solid "good-enough-to-watch" for me. Gets the 0.5 for the fact that I like the Asian theme without being over the top, i.e., racist, and I like the Mummy series, Michelle Yeoh, Jet Li and Brendan Fraser .
Why is everyone complaining..? (by hollisterbabe9756)
First off, I thought this movie was really good and filled with action. People keep complaining about the new Evelyn in this movie, who cares! Maria does a good job and I think they all work well together. I was skeptical before seeing this because I read a lot of negative reviews about people not liking it only for the fact that Rachel isn't in it, but I decided to see it and I was pleasantly surprised! And also I absolutely love Brenden Fraiser and I was excited to see him back for another mummy movie! He was really funny in this movie and I actually got quite a few laughs! In the end <more>
it seems like they're could be a possibility for another mummy movie and I hope they're will be, because I know i will totally be seeing that! Go see this movie, because i'm sure you will enjoy it!
Don't listen to what people have been saying. Me and my friends saw this movie tonight not going into it with great expectations and it was better than i thought i'd be. Yes, I did miss Rachel Weisz in this one. With her, this could have been one of the best flicks of the year, along with The Dark Knight, of course. But it was still very good. It's different, in a sort of similar way, to the others. This, I thought, was the funniest and most action packed of the 3, but had something missing. This makes my order 1. The Mummy 2. The Mummy Returns & The Mummy 3 tied. If your <more>
looking for a movie that's going to be as good, if not better than the first, you will be disappointed. But if you go into this movie looking for some action, a few laughs, and a different "mummy", then you will find this movie to be a pleasant surprise.8/10
A Brilliant Movie, Despite What Everyone Says (by gemizok)
Now let me get something straight before I start this review. I am no Mummy Fanboy, I just love getting to see movies before the mainstream does. I always attend film festivals in North America and Europe. I enjoyed the first two, but thought them a bit violent and not comedic enough for a children's film come on, you know they are for children . This one is full of fantasy violence and is considerably more funny than the first or second one. Beautiful scenery, and beautiful action sequences make this movie one of the best of this year. The plot follows that the Mummy hunters from the <more>
last movie Rick, Alex, Evelyn, and Jonathan go to China to stop some disturbed mummy emperor. Without much blood and gore this is a great movie to take your kids too, but it might be a bit scary. The only thing holding this movie from getting a ten is the slightly weak acting, and bad scripting though it is funny . I would recommend it to everybody who has a sense of humour. - http://www.gemizo.net
Ignore the bashing, this is something worth seeing! (by jdkraus)
Like many people on IMDb, I thought this movie was going to blow. The main reason was because this Mummy did not have Stephen Sommers as the director/writer, and Rachel Weisz as Evelyn who turned the role down because she did not like the script . Without those two key players and also Rob Cohen as the director probably one of my least favorite directors , I thought the movie would lose it's originality of the first two films and fail. Despite these two absences, I learned after seeing this film that it should not be judged solely on those problems. "The Mummy: Tomb of The Dragon <more>
Emperor" is actually a pretty darn good movie.It is 1946 and Alex O'Connell Luke Ford goes on an archaeological dig to find an emperor Jet Li in China who has been lost for thousands of years. Meanwhile, his parents Brendan Fraser and Maria Bello are retired from their adventures, trying to relax for the rest of their lives. Once again, they are called to action to go to China for a mission and later discover that Alex whom they thought was in college had found a mummy and there are some bad guys who want to resurrect him. It all goes from here.Even though the story is unrealistic like the first two films I found myself enjoying it. I liked the Chinese mythology they throw in the mix as well as some of the fantasy elements, such as the emperor's ability to control fire, water, metal, etc.The visual effects are amazing. The first two Mummies are diminutive compared to this one's. One of the most awe-inspiring scenes is the battle clash between the two undead armies. I have not seen something that cool since last summer's blockbuster "Transformers".As with the actors, I liked them all. Brendan Fraser is his typical self as the heroic yet funny Rick O'Connell. Jet Li was not a bad choice as a villain. He was no Imhotep, but he was still evil and menacing. Maria Bello as Evelyn was not a bad pick. I've only seen her in a couple of other movies, but she was believable. I still prefer Rachel Weisz though. Michelle Yeoh and Luke Ford were also good sidekicks as Zi Juan and Alex O'Connell. But the real screen charmer was John Hannah as Evelyn's hysterical brother, Jonathan.Overall, this is a surprisingly great movie. I will admit though that I find it funny Evie's and Rick's son has aged to a young adult yet Brendan Fraser has not changed a bit in age. This is not the best thing in the world, but it is better than many other movies I have seen this year. Ignore the bashing, this is something worth seeing! 9/10
Just was wondering. I went to rottentomatoes.com, my fav spot to read up on movie news and saw the ratings for the Mummy 3. Then I watched the movie and found it a great action flick. Good story line, a deliciously evil mummy/emperor in Jet Li, action packed scenes, cool cgi, a family story and a romance and more. Then again, I am an avid fan of the mummy series. And they had yetis. lol.I was so incensed, I actually signed up for an account, just to leave a comment asking the reviewers what they had or had not been smoking. I think the reviews had something to do with the original actress who <more>
played Brendan Frazier's wife in the first two movies, turning down the role. Some say it was because the script was bad, others say its because she's won the British Oscar since the film and is a big shot now. So, feeding frenzy, I guess.But I liked the movie and was glad I didn't allow the ratings to stop me from watching it. Do any of you follow movie critiques when selecting what to watch? And if you do, and watch anyway, do you agree with them most of the time?As I said, just wondering.
Better than it gets credit for (by charlescurtis2003)
No, this Mummy doesn't come even close to topping the first one, but I would argue that it is as good or possibly even better than the second one. Yes, there are several things we can quibble about Brendan Fraser's son looking as old as he does, abominable snowmen from out of nowhere, and a very ho-hum love story but this movie was not made for the Oscars, people. It was made so that we could check our brains at the door and have fun, and the movie does deliver on that count.I really liked the idea of using the real-life terra cotta army as the basis for the story. Granted it's <more>
not historically accurate of course, but there is a lot of mystery associated with that tomb in China and I feel that if you want to make a $175 million summer popcorn flick with that as its basis, so be it.Overall, good escapist nonsense.
If you didn't like the previous two movies, you're not going to like this one. I did, and was predisposed towards this one, and thoroughly enjoyed it.The story is quite strong enough to act as a vehicle for the visuals, and the visuals are a delight. In particular, there is meat on the bones - the film addresses the emptiness of Rick and Evie O'Connell's lives now they have forsworn danger and adventure, and also the way they and Rick in particular have developed a dysfunctional relationship with son Alex who, in every way, is a chip off the old block.This movie is, in many <more>
ways, a strong CGI successor to the Harryhausen school of big, over-the-top animated movie monsters, with some great creatures both goodies and baddies .The cast is good, with Brendan Fraser being given such strong support that he doesn't have to carry the film on his own. I never cared for Rachel Weisz particularly, so I'm not unhappy to see Maria Bello in the role of Evie, despite her posh British accent not ringing 100% true. Michelle Yeoh is always a class act, and Jet Li brings his customary gravitas as the Emperor, albeit not so much by way of martial arts. John Hannah once again gets all the best lines, my favourite being "She speaks Yeti??" There is a missed opportunity towards the end for a necessarily brief reunion to have taken place between the resuscitated General Ming and his consort and daughter.But this is really just an action-packed eye-catching romp - popcorn-munching fun, firing on all cylinders.Smashing!
I really do not understand why people do not liked!! Great Movie!! (by guilherme_9192)
I'm from Brazil, so i'm sorry if my English is bad. Well, I really enjoyed this movie. "The Mummy: Tomb of Dragon Emperor" it's one of the best movies of the year. It's not the best, but one of the most cool movies of 2008. Great visual effects, really cool action and good jokes. Brendan Fraser is great. He is entertaining and funny. I love Maria Bello, I think she is one of the best actresses of today, but unfortunately as a couple, Rachel Weisz is better with Brendan Fraser, but even then it is well on the scene. The action scenes are fantastic, and the special <more>
effects even more! "The Mummy 3" is not perfect, but certainly great fun! 9/10