The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
A Complete Waste of Time
Itís difficult to decide which aspect of the film is most ridiculous. I suppose it could be the title, which is misleading. There isnít actually a mummy in the film. Sure, there are ancient figures raised from the dead, but theyíre more like cursed zombies than mummies. Unless they cut out the actual mummification process, that is. Regardless of the villainís post-life status, Li pales in comparison with the evil and all-powerful Imhotep. Aside from the desire to rule and control all, thereís really nothing to the Emperor. And how exactly he got all his magical powers is really anybodyís guess.
The other newcomers donít fare very well either. Although Maria Bello is a fine actress in her own right, she seems next to useless trying to fill Weiszís shoes. The key ingredient to the success of the first two films was the endearing charisma between Fraser and Weisz Ė Bello canít help but fall short. And the last time we saw Alex OíConnell, he was a plucky British schoolboy with a sharp tongue and a taste for trouble. This time around, heís still got a taste for trouble, but heís been morphed into an All-American boy (rather odd, since he appears to have been born and raised in England) thatís nothing more than a blander version of Fraserís character. One could assume, should another film come to pass, that it canít possibly get any worse. But I have a sneaking feeling that, should the present team reunite, they would finally manage to surprise us.
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