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mumc| The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
ID:
2008
Comments:
Director: Rob Cohen
Screenplay: Alfred Gough, John L. Balderston, Miles Millar, Stephen Sommers
Producer: Bob Ducsay, Chiu Wah Lee, Chris Brigham
Cast: Brendan Fraser, Jet Li, Maria Bello, Michelle Yeoh, John Hannah
Genre: Action & Adventure

Running Time: 112
Aspect Ratio:  2.40:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: AC-3
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Features:
Studio:  Universal Studios DVD Region:  1 PG-13
DVD Release:  Dec 2008 Discs:  2 (Blu-ray) [$26.98]
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Reviews:  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"


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