The Mummy (Tomb of the Dragon Emperor) preview

    The first two “Mummy” movies (and the “Scorpion King”
    spinoff), were imaginative, rollicking adventures in the tradition of Indiana
    Jones, films that relied on special effects, plot twists and comic one-liners
    to satiate the audience’s desire for moderately violent, old-fashioned escapist
    fare that didn’t take itself too seriously. But this latest “Mummy” adventure
    appears to take the latter too far, with the trailer featuring such ludicrous
    and self-referential cliches as “Sorry pal, there’s a mummy on the loose!” and
    “Good going dad, you’ve raised another mummy!”

    The trailer contains several ominous warning signs
    foretelling a potentially cool critical reception, namely the absence of
    acclaimed actress Rachel Weisz (replaced by Maria Bello), the August release
    date (traditionally an industry dumping ground for cinematic mishaps), a new
    director and a shift in setting away from the exhausted landscape of Egypt to
    the yet undisturbed mythological trove that is China. The film brings in
    Chinese acting heavyweights Michelle Yeoh and Jet Li, who appears to be
    continuing his transition to films more palatable to the family demographic.
    Apart from these glaring shortcomings there is still hope, for as long as the
    movie crams enough special effects, vast CGI armies, colorful villains, undead
    creatures and adequately comedic lines into a modestly cohesive plot, it will
    fulfill its sole mission to entertain. August 1.

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