Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Movie Review: The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor

*warning for some spoilers

When I stepped into the cinema, I wasn't expecting much. Perhaps a somehow coherent plot and entertainment. Well, I did get mindless entertainment - and a plot with so much holes that you can walk through it.

While I liked the CG in the show, it was both the highlight and the down point of the show. Seeing Jet Li in CG 80% of the time is so not worth it even if the CG was good. There are no spectacular fighting scenes and he only appears at the front and end of the movie.

I find it ridiculous that Jet Li, an emperor who lived 2000 years ago can somehow understand english. And how on earth does Michelle Yeo's character speak such good english? Her english was so good that she even casted her spells in english. Back in 1946, most chinese, except those who were privileged, were not educated in english.

The whole plot of this commander wanting to raise Jet Li to conquer the world is plain crap. Back then, there was a civil war in china. So how did this man manage to get soldiers to train? How on earth did the China's government not notice anything? And the most nonsensical part is how those same soldiers did not show any hesitation or fear when a flying three headed (western) dragon fly over them.

Oh and the flying dragon. As I recall, the emperor was chinese. So why does he morph into a WESTERN dragon?! Western and Chinese views of a dragon appearance differ greatly. Apart from 3 headed dragons, why did Yeti even appear - and make some silly goal signs - in the movie? It seemed to me that the producer are trying their best to plant in some action and deux de machine to excuse some part of the plot - if there was one.

No amount of flying can make this movie good.

Also, General Ming was torn apart by 5 horses(五馬分屍). It was hilarious to see his revived form with all his limbs but his left hand intact. And considering that those who died and buried under the wall are enemies of the emperor, why did they follow General Ming's orders? How did they even know who he was? These are some of the many plot holes in the movie.

Finally, they changed the actress - or rather the actress didn't want to act in the movie - for the female lead. On hindsight, that should have indicate to me that the movie was going to be bad. There was simply no chemistry between Brendan Fraser and Maria Bello.

Conclusion: It sucks. If you have some knowledge of chinese history, don't watch it. If you want a good movie with plot, don't watch either. Only die-hard fans of the Mummy series and those seeking for mindless entertainment should watch it.

Rating: 2.5/10

3 comments:

media boy said...

Sounds like Tomb of the Dragon Emperor met everyone's expectations... Brendan Frasier tries too hard to act, so you can tell he's acting

T__T said...

It does feel that Brendan Frasier was trying way too hard, especially in the beginning. Not to mention the fact that he didn't look old enough to have Luke Ford as a son.

Anonymous said...

The one star I plopped on this clunky bore-athon is due to the presence of the great Jet Li as the evil Dragon Emperor of the subtitle and the gorgeous Michelle Yeoh as Zi Yuan, a witch who's been on the Emperor¹s ass for over 2000 years.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

http://www.rollingstone.com/reviews/movie/22126971/review/22126827/the _mummy_tomb_of_the_dragon_emperor

martial-arts superstar Jet Li triumphs as the mostly wordless evil Emperor Han of ancient China, a glowing magma spirit locked in a terra cotta shell.

Jane Horwitz
Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/31/AR2008 073100734.html

Still, Li makes a great villain, using his powers to create fire, ice and other elements.

Edward Douglas
Coming Soon
http://www.comingsoon.net/news/weekendwarriornews.php?id=47377

Toward the end of The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh launch into a vigorous sword fight — and what a grand pleasure it is to watch these two world-class stars in action again...Their duel atop the Great Wall of China is a reunion of titans, an Old Timers' Day for two actor-athletes still in their sinuous prime. Forgive the effusions of an alter-kocker fanboy, but the flinty glamour of Li and Yeoh — buttressed by the stolid, sneering presence of top Hong Kong villain Anthony Wong Chau-sang (who in 1993 appeared in 15 films!) — is the best reason to catch this third in the series of Indiana Jones knockoffs.

Richard Corliss
TIME
http://www.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,1828343,00.html

A memorably badass Jet Li.
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
http://www.avclub.com/content/cinema/the_mummy_tomb_of_the_dragon

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