The Emperor Strikes Back - The Mummy Hunters Save The Day
After the exciting two movies in the Mummy series, the expectations for the third one is sky high. The movie is a popcorn entertainer, with a great start and a few thrills here and there, but it never reached the wow level.
At the start we are told about the background of the Chinese emperor and how he got cursed by the witch, about two thousand years ago. Then in 1946, the O'Connell family is reunited in Shanghai and has to stop the resurrected Emperor to reach Shangrila and thus become immortal and raise his terracotta army.
The premise is good but the script is just ok. The audience knows what is going to happen. Unlike the earlier movies, there is no personal connect with the family to the adventure, it is more of an case which they are solving. The thrill which the viewers got when they found Eve's past life connected to Anck Su Namun is clearly missing.
The script also looks like borrowed from Indiana, Tomb Raider, Pirates, Harry Potter etc etc. The interaction between the son and the couple looks a bit like Indiana Jones, and so does another turning point. The Himalayan landscapes and the presence of the Yeti reminds one of Tintin in Tibet.
The specials effects and production design is good, but the stunts are quite average. The climax is disappointing.
The performance is quite decent with a few funny moments and one-liners. Jonathan being the comic relief is the most effective.
Finally, the film is not exactly about Mummies in its true meaning. That can disappoint the fans of the series. The makers should ideally stick to Egypt (I am sure a lot can be still be thought about the mystic civilization and culture) in the next movie and make the story more thrilling and captivating. But otherwise, it entertains you for the two hours and gives you just about value for money.
Verdict: Stick to Egypt and spend more time (and money) on script. Stop getting too inspired from other adventure movies.
Rating: 2.5 / 5