Okay, where to begin? I’ll just say it. The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor is quite possibly the worst film I have witnessed in over a year.
Now, I fancy myself a pretty good judge of films. I avoid the Superhero Movies, the Norbits, the D-Wars, and the like. These films follow predictable patterns, with utter deplorable dialogue with little or no plot to be found and horrendous special F/X and/or makeup to boot. The Mummy 3 fits these films’ profile to a tee. There are hypocrisies and inconsistencies that are so glaringly blatant, it is as if the script was never proofread! People are jumping from one conclusion to another. People are turning into master gunsmiths on queue, people are randomly screaming. It’s a disaster of a film!
What’s the plot? Well, since they are totally destroying the franchise, the director (Rob Cohen) is happy to explain this new fanciful tale of some emperor who wants to “bring order” to some chaos. But we don’t see that. The only part of China we see is at a Chinese New Year’s festival. It just doesn’t make a lick of sense. That’s one thing I found myself thinking during its overly long and brutally painful 126-6 minute running time. I can tell you right now, at least half of that is wasted on the horrendous CGI that fails to even bring along the action (and don’t get me started on those Yetis…).
The CGI fails the story because here you have this dragon and this mummy and they sorely disappoint. So much could have been done, but it looks like they were going for a G rating rather than a basic PG-13 blockbuster. And the way they introduced Maria Bello as the new Eve, was nothing more than a punch in the face to the audience. You get one line (“I feel like a new woman!”) and then they gloss over it like nothing happened. Don’t misunderstand me, I rather like Maria Bello; she is a fine actress who actually overachieved with the utter garbage the writers gave her. Jet Li did pretty well as well, mostly because he was speaking in Chinese and only had to portray one emotion (which is all is ever displays anyway).
All in all, this film harkens back to the days long before The Dark Knight came out: the days where watching summer blockbusters meant that you had to check your brain at the door. It will be interesting to see how this tried and true formula works a la TDK. I could keep going, but rather than bore you with the over-exuberance of unnecessary hyperbole, like the film, I’ll leave you with my grade. Avoid. This. Film. Like. The. Bubonic. Plague.
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