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Film Review: “The Mummy: Curse of the Dragon Emperor”

(Universal Pictures. 1 hour, 52 minutes. Rated PG-13 for adventure action and violence. Directed by Rob Cohen.) Brendan Fraser (Rick O’Connell), Jet Li (Emperor Han), Maria Bello (Evelyn O’Connell), John Hannah (Jonathan Carnahan), Michelle Yeoh (Zi Juan), Luke Ford (Alex O’Connell), Isabella Leong (Lin). Music by Randy Edelman.

In this third installment of the franchise, Alex O’Connell, son of Rick and Evelyn, unearths the tomb of the Dragon Emperor, only to become embroiled in a conspiracy to resurrect the tyrant and his unholy army. Now, it’s up to the O’Connells, with the help of some Chinese immortals, to defeat the emperor once and for all. The Mummy franchise has never been much for substance, but this movie is largely forgettable. The first half spends a lot of time explaining a very simplistic plot, while the second half forgoes the plot to string together a bunch of poorly-shot action sequences. The dialogue was badly written (how many times do we have to be reminded about O’Connell’s dealings with mummies? This is the third movie.), but some bits were pretty funny, though unintentionally so. The acting is pretty poor, which is disappointing given the talent on-hand. Fraser phones in his performance, and Bello (taking over for the absent Rachel Weisz) is wooden, never meshing with Fraser and displaying a very bad accent to boot. Luke Ford is bland, and cannot seem to decide if his character is from London, Brooklyn or elsewhere. The biggest crime is having Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh in a movie together, and only allowing them one short fight. Blasphemy. Also, for a movie with “mummy” in the title, there’s a surprising lack of them. One can hope that they end it at three.

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Jared Counts moved to Houston in 1995, survived high school and college, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Houston with a degree in Communications (Media Production) and a minor in Film Studies. After being hired part-time at KUHF Radio in early 2003, he proceeded to bounce between...

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