Official Site: themummy.com
Rated: PG-13 for adventure action and violence.
Swanner: Brendan Fraser is once again fighting mummies in yet a third movie. Probably because they just didn’t cover everything they needed to in the first two. Alex, the son of Rick (Fraser) and Evelyn (Maria Bello), is now a grave robber himself and has come across the burial grounds of a infamous Chinese Emperor. Unbeknownst to him there is a bad guy who wants to find this Emperor too so he can raise him from the dead and rule the world…basically he’s a Chinese Karl Rove.
Judd: I didn’t see the first two so I was soooooo confused with The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. I didn’t know what the hell was going on. I watched the movie and picked up on the basic plot but there had to be so much more that I was missing out on. Right?
Swanner: No. I mean there is a back story like the kid was a 10 years old; Fraser and Bello were in and out of love…blah, blah, blah. Of course there was the first mummy but he came back for the second one. I don’t think you really needed to see the first ones.
Judd: The Mummy from the first returns in the second? How did they tie him in with the third? That’s what I couldn’t figure out. Was the first Mummy the Dragon Emperor? Where they related, like cousins or something? I just don’t get it. I was entertained for the most part, but I thought the special effects looked a bit cheap.
Swanner: The first mummy doesn’t have anything to do with this movie. You know the narration at the beginning? That’s all you needed to know. Christ…you’re like talking to a bag of hammers. The special effects did look a lot like Van Helsing from a few years ago…too many, too fast and way too often. It was nice when they didn’t have a big action sequence on screen. Still, as summer movies go it moved really well and “I” thought the story was easy to follow.
Judd: So why did they call it The Mummy 3, if the mummy from the first two wasn’t in the third? In fact, none of the bad guys in this movie were really “mummies”. They were soldiers that were cursed and turned into clay. I’m so confused. Why would they make a movie that isn’t based on the first two except for the leads who actually could have been just about any male/female adventure partners? I mean, they could have called this movie Romancing the Jewel of the Nile and it would have been the same thing.
Swanner: Exactly, I didn’t want to bring up the point that it’s not really a mummy but now that you did…the emperor isn’t really a mummy. There, I said it. Now with that being said I still thought the movie was entertaining. This is the perfect example of a popcorn movie, light, airy and best served with extra butter.
Judd: So you’re telling me The Mummy 3 isn’t about a mummy at all and the studio is just cashing in on the name? Oh. My. God. I feel so manipulated and used. I thought the movie was OK—mediocre summer fair that’s worth a rent—but how could Universal do this to me?
Swanner: Get over it…it’s not like you paid anything!
Swanner: 2 Stars
Judd: 2 Stars