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Mummy 3
Samrat Sharma / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
5.5
Performances
Script
Music/Soundtrack
Visuals
5.5
1.5
7.0
7.0
Suggestions
Can watch again
Yes
Good for kids
Yes
Good for dates
Yes
Wait to rent it
No
What is it about creature films that attract us? I don't think I have the answer to that. There is something beyond the majestic poetry of old creature films, the visceral madness of the horror creatures or the thrill-a-minute nouveau creatures, that just appeals to our basest instincts. I love creature films, and as bad as they can get, I watch them with unfettered glee.

That is a huge choke point for my review, though. The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor is a terrible film. For fans of the series (I don't know if there are any, but I am unashamed to say I used to be one), it is blight on the face of Arnold Vosloo, and for cinephiles, the hole-ridden plot is as forgettable as they come. The acting all around is atrocious, and if you have any sense you won't go watch this film. There, I've given you my verdict, if that is what you were after, so you can stop reading now.

I shall, for my part, however, continue to explain why it was a blast to watch for me. Coming back to the creatures and the kind of spectacle they create to draw us to them, I had a great time watching this over-the-top nonsensical film simply because it is so awfully bad, it takes a full circle and transgresses a little to the side of good.

The bad here is not Michael Bay bad, because that's awful, but it's creatively, ludicrously, in-love-with-itself bad. Weirdly enough, it becomes the kind of film that delivers on a level completely its own. I feel strange typing this, but this low-rent Indiana Jones rip-off franchise has more thrills and genuine moments than the 4th Indy earlier this year. It has everything - exotic places in its scope, tomb-raidin', creatures, gunfights, a father-son duo, dragons, stone horses on fire, Fu Lions, Yetis, an army of stone or some crap, and a little bit of Wu Xia thrown in.

Seriously, it may not be as cool as it sounds when I write about it (actually, it definitely isn't), but who cares? Freaking dragons, man! And that's the key - the unfettered love for creature films that drove me to watch this film is what should drive most of you to watch this film. Anyone looking for a genuine summer action film might want to take a peek in the next hall, because this one ain't it.

What it is, is a guilty pleasure - the kind you secretly like and don't tell your friends about. That's because all the creature love in the world can't save the fact that the script is utter trash. Not only is the plot completely nonsense, the writing is completely and utterly failing the purpose of dialog. Every now and then you hear somebody whine about how much they hate mummies. When there isn't a single one in the film.

The acting too is so terrible, it hurts to see the actors in any plot-expository sequence. Jet Li, Michelle Yeoh and John Hannah are all in for a quick cheque, while the lovely Maria Bello will never fill the shoes that Rachel Weisz vacated. Brendan Fraser is the only one with that goofy aloofness that is required for the film to work, and while his constant scrambles for money shots are tiring, at least I didn't mind him much.

On top of that, the effects are completely slipshod. Not that they are cheap - but they look cheap. This is symptomatic of most summer films anyway, so you can discount that. What still shines through is the complete gall of director Rob Cohen. At absolutely zero cost to his imagination, he has managed to cram his film with completely ridiculous moments, ones that stand out as insanely ridiculous at times - but all awesome nonetheless.

It is very hard for me to count the merits or demerits of a film I know to be bad, but love that it is awesomely bad. This film is not for summer action fans, or Mummy fans, or even CGI fans. This is only for the twisted few among us that love their creatures and their over-the-top sequences. This is for the masochists who can decry the smaller niggles about masterpieces, but will defend a bad movie till their grave.
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  • Cast
    Brendan Fraser, Jet Li, Maria Bello, John Hannah, Michelle Yeoh, Luke Ford, Isabella Leong, Anthony Wong Chau-Sang, Russell Wong, Liam Cunningham, David Calder, Jessey Meng, Tian Liang, Albert Kwan
  • Music
    Randy Edelman
  • Director
    Rob Cohen
  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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Good for kids - Yes
Good for dates - No
Wait to rent it - No
Krishna on 12th Aug 2008, 7:39pm | Permalink
I went into this one expecting to be disappointment...and OH HELL YEAH...what a disappointment it was!!! No goofs, no comic timing, a pathetic excuse for a script and one of the most forgetable father-son combos you're gonna see for a long long time. Keep away people!

Pros: None!
Cons: No Rachel :-(
RATING
3
Maverick on 11th Aug 2008, 11:17pm | Permalink
Well Well ! A Mummy movie without a single Mummy.... No wonder the movie Sucked,.. and Bigtime :) It was as if someone put a knife up the producer's throat and said " I want Mummy 3 script ready by tommorow"

The Movie doesn't have the Mummy movie feel at all... No Egyptian music in the background....No Rachel Weisz and a very poor storyline... The Movie just doesn't feel right!

This sequel is one big disappointment !

Pros: Well... Hmmm....
Cons: Right ! Where do i start ???
RATING
3
ABHAY PARUPUDI on 9th Aug 2008, 3:25am | Permalink
Guys..., i was a PS1 addict and the movie grafix looks exactly same as in any game on the sony console.... Not real. The script suckx. Where's rachel?... JET LI's talent should have been used more meaningfully in the film. Over all 3/10.

Pros: The title "MUMMY"
Cons: Script , visuals .
RATING
3
rsxdude on 5th Aug 2008, 12:25am | Permalink
overall the movie is not so good...don't waste money...u can wait for DVD...

there are instances that can beat tollywood logic....at one particular instance Michelle Yeoh starts praying in english to wake up good soldiers...what happened to the Chinese chants....she is a 2000 year old lady in the movie.....there are many more and this shows only one point -- movie just wants to make quick buck on the success of its predecessors...
RATING
4
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