The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
Directed by Rob Cohen
Starring Brendan Fraser, Jet Li, Maria Bello, Luke Ford, Michelle Yeoh
Universal Home Entertainment
Release date: December 16, 2008
I admit it – Iâ€™m a Brendan Fraser apologist. What can I say? I like the guy. Heâ€™s just so damnâ€¦ likable! I can watch him in pretty much anything and enjoy it. School Ties – Check. Monkeybone – Check. Blast from the Past – Check. George of the Jungle – Check. Encino Man – Guilty. So I look back on the release of The Mummy with fond memories. It was a funny, adventurous rollicking old-school action flick that remembered what made such films work — it was fun. And Fraser captured that sense of â€œgee whizâ€ fun playing Rick Oâ€™Connell. When The Mummy Returns came out it was disappointing, but not awful. It felt more like an excuse to try to set up a franchise for Dwayne â€œThe Rockâ€ Johnson than it legitimate continuation of the series.
So it was with a healthy dose of skepticism that I popped in the Blu-ray of the newest entry into this series — The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. And all I can say is â€“ Brendan Fraser tried. He really, really triedâ€¦ and Iâ€™m sure heâ€™s sorry.
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