We move on to the continent of Asia for the third installment of "The Mummy" series of films. "The Mummy" has always billed itself as a series of fun adventure films à la Indian Jones but that seems to have been forgotten this time out. Throughout the film and its long build up I felt myself waiting for the action part to start. When it finally did it did not last nearly long enough. There simply was not enough action in the film. You were left with the taste of wanting more Jet Li and his character in your mouth.
There is certainly a sense of comfort coming into a film like this as you know exactly what you are getting. It will not be too complex or worried about storyline or character development. It is just trying to be a fun time at the cinema. What is good about the film is that it does not take itself too seriously. It knows it is kind of silly and does not make any apologies for it.
Once again undead warriors are awoken to wreak havoc on Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser – Journey to the Center of the Earth, Blast From the Past) and his family. Rick and wife Evelyn (Maria Bello – The Jane Austin Book Club, The Cooler) are trying to help their archaeologist son, Alex (Luke Ford), who has accidentally awoke the Dragon Emperor (Jet Li – Romeo Must Die, Lethal Weapon 4) of China. The Emperor unleashes his army of thousands of warriors in the hopes of conquering the world. It is Rick and Evelyn to the rescue.
Films like this really live or die based on the quality of the action and special effects. Like I said there is not that much action to speak of and what there is has a kind of been there seen it feel about it. What really wore on me is how much the film relies on CGI creatures so much so that you get bored with them after a while. The visuals seem to motivate the story rather than the story causing the visual effects.
This film is certainly the weakest of the three Mummy films. However, inexplicably you will enjoy the film. You won't know why as you will not really notice the story, direction (by Rob Cohen of "The Fast and the Furious "fame) or acting all that much. But you will find yourself interested and that is all the film is asking for really.
-Deleted and extended scenes
-Preparing for Battle
-The Making of The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
-Jet Li: Crafting the Emperor Mummy
-Creating New and Supernatural Worlds
-Legacy of the Terra Cotta
-A Call to Action: The Casting Process