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DVD Releases: December 16th, 2008

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Exploring The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor

Review of:  The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor Overall Rating: 9.5

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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor is everything one could expect and hope for in a Mummy movie!  This was a fun, thrilling, adventure tale that takes us around the world.  They maintain the brilliant sense of humor that is in the previous mummy movies.  I was pleased to see a movie with really nice looking animation that was not done by ILM, it gives me hope for the future of animation effects and characters.

Earlier in the day before we watched the movie I was joking about a possible way as to how they would resolve Rachel Weisz not coming back to play Eve.  I put forth the idea that maybe Rick would have to explain to Alex that his mommy would not be joining them on their adventure this time because she had discovered a new book store in Diagon Alley and would not come home.  We all had a good laugh until the movie started and I sat paralyzed in my seat as we see Eve in a book store doing a reading of her Mummy book.  She is asked if she is the same character as in the book and answers "I can assure you I am an entirely different person." This was a nice tie in to reality and really helped to ease the audience into the story.  Maria Bello did a good job with the character of Eve and thankfully they did not relegate eve to a small roll to try to cover up the actress change.  I also enjoyed that eve retains her combat prowess that she obtained in The Mummy Returns.

The chemistry amongst the O'Connell family is believable and compelling.  The moments between Rick and his son Alex are touching and hilarious.  They take an appropriately short amount of time to fill in the audience with what the family did in the time between the end of The Mummy Returns and the beginning of this adventure.

The acting was good but has some week points and the same goes for the writing.  That being said it's a Mummy Movie and an adventure tale the expectation should be weighted on the action sequences and the adventure.  This movie hit those notes perfectly!  A must see in the theaters and definitely an owner to put on the shelf next to my other Mummy movies.

The Plot / Story: The ruthless Dragon Emperor (Jet Li) and his 10,000 warriors are double crossed by a sorceress (Michelle Yeoh). Trapped in suspended animation and forgotten for eons until Alex O’Connell (Luke Ford) gets tricked into awakening them. Alex then turns to the only people who knows a lot about stopping the undead: his father Rick O’Connell’s (Brendan Fraser), mother Evelyn (Maria Bello) and Evelyn’s brother Jonathan (John Hannah).

Rick must combat the resurrected Han Emperor to stop his quest for world domination. As they engage in a race from the catacombs of ancient china into the frigid Himalayas.

Stars: Brendan Fraser, Jet Li, Maria Bello, John Hannah, Luke Ford, Michelle Yeoh, Isabella Leong, Russel Wong

Likes

  1. "Spank my ass Rick!"
  2. The father / son interaction
  3. Eve's awesome moves
  4. Jet Li & Michelle Yeoh
  5. The Yeti, OMG The Yeti!
  6. The effects looks great
  7. Their use of having Eve be the author of two Mummy books.

Dislikes / Concerns

  1. Wished the fight between Jet Li & Michelle Yeoh could have been either more or longer.
  2. acting & writing could be better
  3. The Yeti showed the continuing limitations for computer generated fur.

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Exploring: The Scorpion King

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The Scorpion King is the third of The Mummy movies and the best of the three movies.  It has great casting with Dwayne Johnson who looks like an accomplished assassin and has the skills to deliver action in a realistic looking manner, and Michael Clarke Duncan who also delivers the look and feel of the fierce warrior Balthazar.  The action is tight, swift, fierce, and stunning.  In this movie they drop the thriller element and go for a balance between action and comedy.  I really enjoyed the previous two mummy movies but this was the one that sealed the series for me and made the whole series a must own.

The Plot / Story: Memnon is a ferocious warrior who is conquering all of the tribes of ancient Egypt with the help of his sorceress Cassandra.  The best and strongest of the warriors from the tribes gathered to hire  Mathayus an Akkadian assassin to kill the sorceress making it possible to defeat Memnon.  But after Memnon kills Mathayus' brother the target changes and Mathayus will either Kill Memnon or die trying.

Starring:  Dwayne Johnson, Kelly Hu, Bernard Hill, Steven Brand, Michael Clarke Duncan, Grant Heslov

Likes

  1. Love the Sword and Sorcery style to the movie
  2. The action is awesome with fresh looking moves that Dwayne Johnson delivers in a realistic manner
  3. Creative fight sequences and environments
  4. carries a great sense of humor
  5. Great Casting

Dislikes / Concerns

  1. Concern: because this is a stylized movie if you don't get the style you probably won't get the movie.

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Exploring: The Mummy Returns

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The Mummy Returns, sequel to The Mummy, is also an adventure tale in the vein of the 40's 50's swashbuckler movie.  They really strike a nice balance between the action, comedy, and thriller moments.  I absolutely loved the character Izzy Buttons.  In this sequel they fill in the rest of the story between Anck-Su-Namun, Imhotep, Pharaoh Seti I, Princess Nefertiri, and the Madji warriors.  They really do a great job with the Scorpion King which in turn left me wanting to know more about the story of that character.  This is a delightful sequel film and a wonderful follow up to The Mummy.

The Plot / Story: The Scorpion King with his army looses a decisive battle and is forced to retreat into the desert to die.  Instead of giving into death he swears and oath to Anubis to lead his army.  After succeeding Anubis' campaign the Scorpion King and the army vanish.  Five Thousand years later, Evie and Rick O'connell are exploring along with their Son Alex find the bracelet of Anubis and begin the seven day countdown to the awakening of the Scorpion King and Anubis' army.  Meanwhile Meela Nais, the reincarnation of Anak-Su-Namun, resurrects Imhotep with hopes to defeat the Scorpion King and to take control of Anubis' army.  Now Evie, Rick, Alex, and the Medjai warriors must race against time to stop the Scorpion King, Anubis' Army and Imhotep.

Starring:   Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, Arnold Vosloo, John Hannah, Patricia Velásquez, The Rock, Oded Fehr

Likes

  1. Dwane Johnson makes for a perfect Scorpion King
  2. great sense of humor
  3. The balance between action, comedy, and  thriller
  4. The swashbuckler style of the movie
  5. nice story
  6. They Give Rachel Weisz a more prominent role in this movie

Dislikes / Concerns

  1. They continue the use of Imhotep's name for a villain
  2. They continue to have issues with Egyptian Mythology
  3. The effects were not up to par even with the original

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Theater or Renter: August 2008

It's time once again for our favorite game "Theater Or Renter?" Rules of the Game: Watch the trailers. Rate the Trailer. Then Put in your comments below the trailer: does the trailer and buzz make you want to watch it in the theater, rent it, or not interested at all, and why?

For August we have seven movies

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor:

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Release Date: August 1

Listed as:  Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

Studio: Universal Studios

Director: Rob Cohen

Produced by: Stephen Sommers, James Jack, Bob Ducsay, Sean Daniel

Written by:  Alfred Gough, Miles Millar

Stars: Brendan Fraser, Jet Li, Maria Bello, John Hannah, Luke Ford, Michelle Yeoh, Isabella Leong, Russel Wong

The Plot / Story:

The ruthless Dragon Emperor (Jet Li) and his 10,000 warriors are double crossed by a sorceress (Michelle Yeoh). Trapped in suspended animation and forgotten for eons until Alex O’Connell (Luke Ford) gets tricked into awakening them. Alex then turns to the only people who knows a lot about stopping the undead: his father Rick O’Connell’s (Brendan Fraser), mother Evelyn (Maria Bello) and Evelyn’s brother Jonathan (John Hannah).

Rick must combat the resurrected Han Emperor to stop his quest for world domination. As they engage in a race from the catacombs of ancient china into the frigid Himalayas.  (The Official Site)

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Swing Vote:

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Release Date:   August 1

Listed as:  Comedy

Studio: Touchstone Pictures

Director: Joshua Michael Stern

Produced by:  Kevin Costner, Jim Wilson

Written by:  Joshua Michael Stern, Jason Richman

Stars:  Kevin Costner, Paula Patton, Kelsey Grammer, Dennis Hopper, Nathan Lane, Stanley Tucci, George Lopez, Madeline Carroll

The Plot / Story: Swing Vote is the story of Bud Johnson average guy who through a voting machine fault and a dead tie election becomes the guy who gets to decide who the next president will be and his mad capped adventures while he gets wooed by both candidates.  (The Official Site)

Star Wars: The Clone Wars:

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Release Date:   August 15

Listed as:  Animation, Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Studio: Warner Bros., Lucasfilm Animation

Director: Dave Filoni

Produced by: George Lucas, Catherine Winder

Written by: Henry Gilroy, Steven Melching, Scott Murphy

Stars: James Arnold Taylor, Matt Lanter, Ashley Drane, Tom Kane, Christopher Lee, Samuel L. Jackson

The Plot / Story: The Clone Wars is set in the time frame between Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.  As the war rages on between Confederacy of Independent Systems and the Galactic Republic Jabba the Hutt's son is taken by a group of renegades.  Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi depart in search of answers: where is the Hutt's son, and who is controlling this mysterious renegade group? Yoda also sends Ahsoka Tano along as Anakin's apprentice.   (The Official Site)

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Mirrors:

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Release Date:   August 15

Listed as:  Horror

Studio: Fox Atomic

Director: Alexandre Aja

Produced by: Alexandre Aja

Written by: Alexandre Aja

Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Paula Patton

The Plot / Story: Ben Carson is the head of security at a department store plagued by unexplained deaths. In addition to issues concerning the deaths, the store is also the target of demonstrators who seek compensation for a tragic fire that killed the staff. Ben eventually becomes intrigued by a disturbed woman who claims she is his sister who died in the fire. The woman is exacting revenge, using mirrors as a gateway back into the living world.  (The Official Site)

Death Race:

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Release Date:   August 22

Listed as:  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Studio: Universal Pictures

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson

Produced by: Paul W.S. Anderson, Jeremy Bolt, Roger Corman, Paula Wagner

Written by: Paul W.S. Anderson

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The Plot / Story: In a future America, prison inmates are forced to compete against each other in a driving arena. The prison warden coerces a prisoner with only weeks before his release  into becoming a driver. The prisoner becomes a crowd favorite known as Frankenstein.  (The Official Site)

Disaster Movie:

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Release Date:   August 29

Listed as:  Comedy

Studio: Lionsgate

Director: Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer

Produced by: Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer

Written by: Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer

Stars: Carmen Electra, Kim Kardashian, Matt Lanter, Vanessa Minnillo, Nicole Parker, Crista Flanagan

The Plot / Story: A group of people, during one fateful night as they try to make their way to safety while every known natural disaster and catastrophic event hits the city and their path as they try to solve a series of mysteries to end the rampant destruction.  (The Official Site)

Babylon A.D.:

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Release Date:  August 29

Listed as:  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz

Produced by: Alain Goldman, Mathieu Kassovitz

Written by: Éric Besnard

Stars: Vin Diesel, Michelle Yeoh, Mélanie Thierry, Gerard Depardieu, Charlotte Rampling, Lambert Wilson, Mark Strong

The Plot / Story: In the near future, Toorop is a mercenary who takes the job of escorting a woman from Eastern Europe to New York. While he thinks this is just an ordinary mission, he gradually finds out that his guest is carrying an organism that has the potential to become the next Messiah — and everybody wants to get their hands on it.   (The Official Site)


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Exploring: The Mummy

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The Mummy is a wonderful adventure tale in the vein of the 40's 50's swashbuckler movies.  I really enjoy watching this film for it's great sense of humor, mystery, and suspense.  The movie opens up with the back story for Imhotep setting up the tragic love story that led the character to become cursed and establishes his motivations.  The film has a great pace.  Though they use names and events from history they take great liberty with the actual historical accurateness.  This is definitely an owner.

The Plot / Story: High priest Imhotep is forced to undergo the cures of the Hom Dai for having an affair with the Pharaoh's wife  murdering the Pharaoh and trying to resurrect her from the dead.  For three thousand years Imhotep was laid quietly at Hamunaptra until Evie Carnahan accidentally wakes him up.  Now they must find a way to stop the mummy Imhotep before he can unleash a wave of destruction and death upon the earth.  For More

Starring:  Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo

Likes

  1. the portrayal of the Americans made me laugh
  2. the sense of humor
  3. the swashbuckler style
  4. the effects look really good

Dislikes / Concerns

  1. they use the name of Imhotep for the villain when there are other historical Egyptian names that would have been more appropriate.
  2. seem to have a lack of knowledge about Egyptian mythology
  3. the mummy visits the same curses on the people as Moses so are they saying Moses is a mummy?

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Exploring The Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor

August 1st is fast approaching and so is the release date of the next Mummy movie, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. The promotion begins with the release of the America is the teaser poster. This looks really good and Rob will be happy to know that it does stimulates my imagination.

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On Wednesday at midnight they relaunched the production site design adding new photos, set designs and conceptual art drawings. The site looks nice and... wait for it... it's not flash intensive! Lets Dance! Yea! Yes folks, the site loads fast since it's not all flash intensive so you can not only enjoy the content of The Mummy site but you can also enjoy the experience of visiting it.

Rob also lets us know that:

Starting May 27th I go to London to record Randy's score with the including traditional Chinese instruments, traditional Tibetan instruments, a choir, Buddhist monk chanters, and koto drum percussion.

That is awosme, I really like that they will go for a sound that will really enhance the movie experience.

Well, now I'm getting excited about The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor. Next I want to see a trailer which they are working on and soon we should hear about the debut of it.

The story of The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor: The ruthless Dragon Emperor (Jet Li) and his 10,000 warriors are double crossed by a sorceress (Michelle Yeoh). Trapped in suspended animation and forgotten for eons until Alex O'Connell (Luke Ford) gets tricked into awakening them. Alex then turns to the only people who knows a lot about stopping the undead: his father Rick O'Connell's (Brendan Fraser), mother Evelyn (Maria Bello) and Evelyn's brother Jonathan (John Hannah).

Rick must combat the resurrected Han Emperor to stop his quest for world domination. As they engage in a race from the catacombs of ancient china into the frigid Himalayas.

(via The Mummy Production Blog )