By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic)
Rent The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor here or buy the entire Brendan Frasier Mummy trilogy here.
New director. New locale (China). Jet Li as the villain. Michelle Yeoh helping the heroes. New actress playing Brendan Fraser’s wife. Abominable snowman. And yet, this all feels so familiar. We’ve seen it done before (and better) in the first two Mummy movies. This isn’t terrible, it’s just…meh. Fraser is good. The actor playing his son annoys the crap out of me (or maybe it’s just how the character is written). The effects are great. The swordfight between Li and Yeoh (which could have been worth the price of admission alone) is neutered by up-close camerawork, poor editing, and un-inventive choreography. The jokes, which were “tongue-in cheek” bad before are now just bad. Meh. ** (out of five). PG-13 for violence and mild married innuendo.
A much better showcase for Jet Li’s talents is The Forbidden Kingdom, where he squares off in a legendary fight against Jackie Chan! Rent or buy it here.