The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008, Movie) – 4/10 review

Director: Rob Cohen
Writer: Alfred Gough
Writer: Miles Millar
Brendan Fraser: Rick O’Connell
Jet Li: Emperor
Maria Bello: Evelyn O’Connell
John Hannah: Jonathan Carnahan
Luke Ford: Alex O’Connell
Anthony Wong: General Yang
Isabella Leong: Lin
Liam Cunningham: Maguire
David Calder: Roger Wilson
Russell Wong: Ming Guo
Michelle Yeoh: Zi Yuan

Mummy, The: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)

4/10

One wonders how filmmakers take such so much money and spectacle and still produce an entirely forgettable action movie. You wonder if the writers, producers or director ever stopped and said "You know, we could do better with all these resources" or whether they just said "Rick-ochet O’Connell. Get it? How amazing is that?" and left the screenplay there. Now I really liked the yeti’s and the undead armies and, as usual, the visual effects for them and all the Emperor monsters (and all the film) are terrific. So why doesn’t it matter? Why doesn’t it add up to thrills or entertainment? The most obvious is the charmless characterisation of all our supposed heroes, especially the ‘looks like his dad’s brother’ Luke Ford as irritating newcomer Alex O’Connell and ‘looks like her husband’s mum’ Maria Bello as a wandering occasional Rachel Weisz impersonator.

This movie contains mild swear words and extended extreme fantasy violence, gun violence, blade violence, extremely unpleasant scenes.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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