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THE MUMMY 3
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Rob Cohen

Starring:
Brendan Fraser
Maria Bello
Jet Li
Michelle Yeoh

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
Rick O'Connell and his stupid family are back at it again as his kid unearths the Dragon Emperor, a shape shifting bad guy who was cursed by an evil wizard many years ago.
Is it good movie?
When I was 12 or so, I loved the Mummy movies. They were big, loud, silly and full of effects- like a live-action cartoon. And now we have another unnecessary entry into the series that manages to keep making the same movie over and over again, except worse.

So here's the problem. Why does this movie exist if it brings so little to the table? The idea isn't bad I guess but I just thought that the whole movie was head-smackingly stupid from beginning to end and when it does wrap up, you don't feel at all that you've seen anything new.

In fact, what this movie does manage to accomplish is the ability to trick you into believing that what you've just seen was thrilling and well done. The fact is that Rob Cohen just throws so much crap at the screen at once that it's hard not to at least be mildly entertained throughout. The plot is inconsequential- Brendan Fraser and his poor replacement wife Maria Bello (a fine actress, but not in this role) are retired until their kid finds a Mummy and the CGI starts again.

I mean, where to begin! No Rachael Weisz, no Stephen Sommers unfortunately more Brendan Fraser and a son that looks easily like he's 20 something years old. I couldn't get past that last part. On top of all of that, you get Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh as feuding ancient warriors and yet somehow this movie still manages to be boring. There's almost too much action in this one. The whole thing seems to be one big trailer- it's like Cohen demanded that something blows up in every scene.

Before I watched this movie I had heard from several people that they'd literally fallen asleep in the movie theatre while watching this and now I understand why. It's long, it never stops, there's too much shaky cam, Fraser's hair plugs are terrifying, Li and Yeoh are barely used, Bello is no Weisz and the kid is creepy.

So yeah, I didn't care much for this movie.

Video / Audio
Video is presented in 2.40:1 anamorphic widescreen and looks quite sharp, although a bit drab at times. Sound comes in Dolby Digital 5.1 and sounds fantastic, well mixed and clear as can be.
The Extras
First we get about 10 minutes of Deleted and Extended Scenes. They don't add a whole lot and amidst all the action, you don't even notice they're gone.

You also get a feature-length commentary track with director Rob Cohen. He sure does love this little movie and you get to hear about how great it is for 2 hours!

Finally, trailers for Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior and Beethoven's Big Break; the TV show My Own Worst Enemy, the video game Wanted: Weapons of Fate, and the blu-ray disc format; and a behind-the-scenes look at Coraline appear at the beginning of the disc and nowhere else.

Last Call
Ultimately this movie was a useless disappointment. Is it the worst you could watch? No, you could do far worse than this. But why any consenting adult would want to sit and watch this for 2 hours when there are so many better things out there, I'll never know. The CGI is hokey and the plot is nonexistent, this series just ran out of fumes to run on.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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