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The Day of 1,000 Reader Reviews Continues: THE MUMMY 3 Has Screened!

Beaks here... Is THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR more fun than INDY 4? Reader "JLF" seems to think so. Surprisingly, this matches up with the good buzz that's been emanating from this project over the last few months. It sounds like Rob Cohen has returned to the old-school fun of Stephen Sommers's THE MUMMY and worked off the bloat of THE MUMMY RETURNS. Hey, I dug Cohen's DRAGON back in '93 and didn't have much of a problem with THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS; give the guy a summer programmer, and he could very easily deliver. (I'd also like to see Sommers return to the trash glory of DEEP RISING.) Here's JLF's take (I don't know what qualifies as a spoiler on this movie, but if you're worried about such things, tread lightly):
Just saw the new Mummy ("The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor") tonight in Long Beach (California). I should start out by saying I really loved the first Mummy movie, after being dragged to it against my will. I found the second one less memorable, but still remember liking it quite a bit. I had my doubts that lightning could strike a third time. It kind of did. This time around, Jet Li is The Mummy…or the ruthless King in ancient China (just B.C.) soon to be "mummified"anyway. The guy's a real peach: he enslaves his enemies to build the Great Wall, literally works them to death then buries them beneath it as a bonus. The Great Wall stuff is really impressive. From the first opening action sequence, with the pumping Randy Edelman score, it's pretty clear that a lot of the elements that made the first Mummy such a fun ride are back. It looks big and rich and the sets and costumes are wicked cool. After kicking major butt across the country, the King sends his right hand General on a quest to find the secret of eternal life. The General finds Ziijuan (Michelle Yeoh), a witch who knows the location of a hidden library that houses the spell that brings it. The King (now Emperor) takes one look at her and warns the General to keep his mitts off Michelle on the journey…he wants her for himself. When the Emperor learns of that the General and the object of his affection have hooked up, he brutally kills the General and tries to kill the witch…but she escapes, cursing him and his Army to spend eternity as clay statues. Again, the effects here are big and splashy…it's a fun sequence, the audience I saw it with got really rowdy. Flash forward to post war London, where Rick (Brendan Frasier) and Evie (Maria Bello) O' Connell are a little bored with their humdrum lives. Evie writes books about the Mummy while Rick tries fly-fishing to pass the time. There's actually good physical comedy shtick here. Brendan Fraiser still can ooze the charm. Bello is fine, but she doesn't have that out of the gate likeability that Rachel Weisz had in this role. That said, she's a sexy woman and that goes a long way. Rick and Evie are having a tough time with their pistol-of-a-son, Alex (Luke Ford). It's hit pretty hard on the nose that Alex is too much of a chip off the old block for Rick's liking. While Alex is supposed to be in college, he's actually unearthing the Dragon King from his tomb in China. These scenes are cheeky fun. It feels almost like your watching the characters from "The Purple Rose of Cairo"—they could be wearing Pith Helmets and holding Martinis and the lined they're uttering wouldn't seem out of place. Rick and Evie are convinced to come out of retirement to smuggle a big diamond known as the Eye of Shangri-La back into China. In some plot points that are a little too coincidental and hard to swallow, Rick and Evie are soon reunited with their son and Evie's brother Jonathan (John Hannah). Seriously, John Hannah knocks some great lines out of the park. He's got some of the best lines in the movie. The sequence where the Mummy is brought to life and chased down the streets of Shanghai is SO MUCH FUN. It hands down beats any of the sequences in CRYSTAL SKULL. In fact, this whole movie seems to have hi-jacked the sense of fun and humor that "Skull" needed so badly. The family unites and vows to capture and kill this new, improved Mummy (this one has super powers…he can control fire, water and metal) before he can release his clay army. This part of the movie kicks into high gear like an amusement park ride. Big chases and jokes and splashy stunts. Somehow, these play as clever and fun, a vibe, again, that was sorely missing in Skull. The best part of this movie (in my opinion) are the Yeti (huge Abominable Snowmen!) that come to family's aide in the Himalayas. They are the coolest looking creatures I have seen in a long time…part Mogwai, part Grover from the muppets, all bad ass! There's a sick avalanche sequence that must have taken like, 4 years to render. I won't ruin the end, but the final sequences kind of bring home the fact why they needed to get Jet Li to play this Mummy. It's like KILL BILL meets CROUCHING TIGER on steroids. This movie did something that's been hard to do lately: deliver on the promise of a big, rocking summer blockbuster and keep the integrity and fun of the original. JLF
Didn't expect that. That's a whole lot of love to throw on a goofy, late-summer sequel. Here's hoping Mr. JLF knows of what he speaks. Faithfully submitted, Mr. Beaks

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  • June 27, 2008, 5:22 p.m. CST


    by monkey1138


  • June 27, 2008, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Damn You MCMLXXVI

    by TheyCallMeMisterBay

    Damn You MCMLXXVI

  • June 27, 2008, 5:22 p.m. CST


    by monkey1138

    woo hoo

  • June 27, 2008, 5:22 p.m. CST


    by rev_skarekroe

    What a planty thing to say.

  • June 27, 2008, 5:24 p.m. CST

    lol, this movie is like 5 years too late.

    by Boomers_Lips

    i dont even care.

  • June 27, 2008, 5:28 p.m. CST

    wait...Rachel Weisz is not Evie?

    by Boomers_Lips

    and Maria Bello is? lol...this movie is just FAIL.

  • June 27, 2008, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Mummy 3 better than Indy 4...

    by Heckles

    Much like National Treasure was better than The Da Vinci Code, against all odds. I think The Mummy has an advantage because it doesn't have to live up to the hype of an Indiana Jones movie. People don't expect much. No worries of nuking the fridge. Director is probably like, "fuck it, this is The Mummy 3, who really gives a shit, let's throw a snowman and a dragon in here."

  • June 27, 2008, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Looks decent

    by rogueleader66

    I really like Jet Li and had my hopes raised when I found out he was gonna be in it. I really liked the first Mummy, enjoyed the second even though they over did the CGI. They have their weak points and they are far from logical, but they are good fun, and so far it looks like this new one will continue in the spirit of the series, good lighthearted fun.

  • June 27, 2008, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Honestly, have we ever gotten a credible yeti on-screen yet?

    by terry1978

    And I don't count the shitty Sci-Fi Channel movie. I think this would be the closest we get.

  • June 27, 2008, 5:40 p.m. CST


    by yungb


  • June 27, 2008, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Liked the 1st, ho hum the 2nd, will rent 3rd

    by Stormwatcher

    Cuz I like Adventure films! Maybe Mutt can team up with their kid and form the wonder boys!

  • June 27, 2008, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Mummy 3 better than Indy 4...

    by Damage_Inc

    I hope so, but that's not seeing much. Come to think of it, I can't ever remember seeing a Yeti on screen.

  • June 27, 2008, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Reviewer actually said wicked cool...

    by skimn

    Boy, this does look like a rainy day rental. I know Cohens got a lot of experience in different genres..Dragonheart, Daylight, the afore mentioned Bruce Lee's just that he has the same style as a Sommers or Emmerich.

  • June 27, 2008, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Credible Yedible?

    by RhesusmonkeyDave

    I know you're not pissing on ILM's Wampa terry1978... Btw. Heckles, you nailed it. This sounds fun tho.

  • June 27, 2008, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Oh yeah, Wampa

    by Damage_Inc

    Duh. But I guess he wasn't actually a Yeti.

  • June 27, 2008, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Well, damn...

    by O_Goncho

    Suddenly I have yet ANOTHER film this summer I would quite like to see. It's not enough I gave you money for Indy, Iron Man, and Hulk. There's still Wanted, Wall-E, Dark Knight, Hell Boy II, Kungfu Panda, and now this! Damn you, Hollywood, I'm not made of money!

  • June 27, 2008, 5:49 p.m. CST


    by ganymede3010

    Can it be anymore obvious?

  • June 27, 2008, 5:52 p.m. CST


    by O_Goncho

    Hancock too. Even Mori's review hasn't put me off. Whale flinging and Jason Bateman keep me optimistic... I'm going to be very poor in 2009... shit, Watchmen!

  • June 27, 2008, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Indy scores 77% on rottentomatoes

    by theycallmemrglass

    So everyone here who pisses on Indy4 can go fuck their own minority asses. I like the Mummy films. But Fraser aint no fucking Ford. Give me a choice of putting Crystal Skull or The Mummy DVD. It'll be Crystal Fucking Skull.

  • June 27, 2008, 6 p.m. CST

    Wha wha? Harry's gardening again?

    by theredtoad

    So true, five years ago this would've been more relevant. The fridge has been nuked.

  • June 27, 2008, 6:08 p.m. CST

    I hate when people bring up Rotten Tomatoes scores

    by Gil Brooks

    These are CRITICS (not fans), most of whom would rather be reporting about kittens stuck in trees, than reviewing movies.

  • June 27, 2008, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Beaks is earning his keep here

    by Charlie Murphy

    he's had like a million articles this past week. good on you. Are you going to be reviewing flicks, too?

  • June 27, 2008, 6:15 p.m. CST

    oh I guess so

    by Charlie Murphy

    I forgot the Hellboy review.

  • June 27, 2008, 6:22 p.m. CST

    Summer of the Killer Plants!!!

    by Damage_Inc

    First The Ruins, then The Happening, now the Mummy 3 review!

  • June 27, 2008, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Too much fluff?

    by The Handsome 12th Doctor

    I thought there was too much fluff in its trailer. I do realise there should be a 2000-ish year old mummy in it, because it's a Mummy film after all. And then I can kind of accept the 3-headed dragon as well, because that's kinda linked to Chinese mythology. So to me that would be enough. An ancient Chinese mummy and his undead army, plus a big fuck-off dragon. Surely we wouldn't need any more.<P>Except someone somewhere must have said "Hey, how about a Yeti too?"<P>No! Too much fluff!

  • June 27, 2008, 6:38 p.m. CST

    now tTHIS is a movie

    by j2talk

    here comes a film that looks to deliver the goods....a nice matinee to sit through with a soda and some bloated hype and merchandising to live up to...just 1 hr and 1/2 to 2 hrs of entertainment

  • June 27, 2008, 6:45 p.m. CST


    by Gungan Slayer

    Rob Cohen sucks. End of story. Mummy 3 is a few years too late. I want to see badass Yetis on screen as well, but I'm afraid this won't be the flick. Oh and guys, don't forget the direct to DVD SCORPION KING 2!!!! forget all this lame shit...motherfucking DEATH WISH 3 starts in 15 mins on AMC.

  • June 27, 2008, 6:47 p.m. CST

    weeds s02e04

    by RaveX


  • June 27, 2008, 6:48 p.m. CST

    However, despite all my reservations

    by The Handsome 12th Doctor

    This looks like fun!<P>It looks like a fun summer flick. Good fun summery fun summer popcorny summer funny fun. I will go and see this!

  • June 27, 2008, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Honestly, why this is a plant because..

    by JBouganim1

    if this was your average moviegoer, I highly doubt they know composers name and use words like the above post. I usually roll my eyes when I see reviews that I think could be real and see ppl shouting plant plant. But with this one..come on. The way this guy makes it seem and his mannerism...its a joke

  • June 27, 2008, 7:08 p.m. CST


    by Johnny T Williams

    I've been reading AICN for about a year now and most of the times I can never really understand when a review comes in a people immediately start screaming "Plant!" Usually I don't get what in the review makes them think that they're plant but this time... man.. I only half way through the review and for the first time I feel like saying "Plant!" as well... weird

  • June 27, 2008, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Hahaha yourself Pondscum!

    by The Handsome 12th Doctor

    When Mummy 3 turns out to be a fun summer popcorn fun popcorny summery summery summery summery fun flick flicky movie moviey popcorn movie that is fun!!!, then I'll be the one laughing not you.<P>And I'll be sitting here basking in the glorious light of my 'Lost In Space' poster signed by Heather Graham. While you, who has nothing of such wonderment, and will have been proven wrong in an aicn talkback, can only sit there in awful bitter disappointment. Wishing you'd been on the side of all that is good and right and that you'd supported this third Mummy film which doesn't even have the same director or Rachel Heavenly Weisz in it.

  • June 27, 2008, 7:13 p.m. CST

    Plant or no plant, this should be a solid blockbuster

    by performingmonkey

    I'm desperate for a popcorn flick of this nature. For once I don't want to be worrying about whether it's being faithful to the comic book or the novel or whether it's setting up things for a fucking Marvel universe or whatever. And I don't want to be worrying about the cast dropping the ball. We already KNOW that they won't. Aside from Ford and Shia, Indy 4 was BADLY acted (also badly written and badly produced, but what do THOSE little details matter...???). The director and cast have to remember what kind of movie they're making. I'll take CG Yetis in The Mummy 3 over CG monkeys in Crystal Skull any day!!!

  • June 27, 2008, 7:20 p.m. CST

    By the way...

    by Johnny T Williams

    Did Harry bring that "Edit" button from England or wherever he went? I just realized I might be needing it...

  • June 27, 2008, 7:55 p.m. CST

    sorry Pondscum

    by j2talk

    but i want movies like this.. i want to see fun films movies that entertain me for 2hrs rather than some overblown "message" film or another dark depressing OSCAR hunting film....I'll take a mummy or national treasure over There will be Blood any day...

  • June 27, 2008, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Comparing it to Crystal Skull is ridiculous..

    by Sakurai

    Stop posting reviews of people who are willing to base their analysis on a film that is so polarizing. One guy saying its better than Indy IV can mean a totally different thing than another guy saying it. I am sick of people associating their disappointment in a film with the quality of the film making.

  • June 27, 2008, 8:24 p.m. CST

    same thing Pondscum

    by j2talk

    i just hate hearing people complain about films like this when they dont get an Oscar worthy film.... I mean seriously this is The Mummmy 3, staring Brendan Fraser what do you expect????

  • June 27, 2008, 8:37 p.m. CST

    i am sure i will

    by j2talk

    when I am Clicking channels if i see Kelly's Heroes, The Mummy,Streets of Fire or even Under Seige (Commando also makes the list)...there goes the next few hours...

  • June 27, 2008, 8:41 p.m. CST

    now theres a talkback

    by j2talk

    that we need "guilty pleasures"

  • June 27, 2008, 9:08 p.m. CST


    by j2talk

    they are all great movies......if you enjoy them and thats my point....

  • June 27, 2008, 9:29 p.m. CST

    "Rocking" = Plant

    by Baked

    No one really talks like that.

  • June 27, 2008, 9:32 p.m. CST

    Did Maria Bello dye her pubes. . .

    by krullboyisback

    since she is a natural blond? Perhaps Rick O'Connel will go prospecting to investigate; "The Mummy IV: Curse of the Pubic Triangle"

  • June 27, 2008, 9:48 p.m. CST

    I like The Mummy movies than the Indy movies

    by AlwaysThere

    Never been a fan of those Dr. Jones flicks.

  • June 27, 2008, 10:45 p.m. CST

    It had me at "yetis"

    by Gozu

    Although Rob Cohen doing another film with a dragon in it kind of makes me a bit hesitant (he directed "Dragonheart").

  • June 27, 2008, 10:58 p.m. CST

    some sad shit

    by juice willis

    i remember seeing the first mummy film and thinking what a raw deal it was for kids at that time. we grew up with indiana jones and they get some slackjawed shortbus version starring poorly rendered cgi and the encino man. but now, after the dismal affair that was indy 4, i weep to think that i could very well enjoy mummy 3 more than dr. jones latest outing. what a truly fucking sad turn of events.

  • June 27, 2008, 11:18 p.m. CST


    by Proman1984


  • June 27, 2008, 11:46 p.m. CST

    So far it looks good

    by bender7

    The last trailer I saw had a lot of promise. It had a lot more feel of the 1st film to it. I think Cohen is actually a pretty compentent action director. Better than Bay at least, so I think given a good action title he can put it together pretty well

  • June 28, 2008, 12:19 a.m. CST

    the 2nd mummy was better than the first

    by BeatsMe

    but in the same way herpes is better than gonorrhea

  • June 28, 2008, 1:05 a.m. CST

    The Mummy has never been a funride.

    by DerLanghaarige

    Not for one single minute of any part. It was a lame Indy rip off for kids, made by people who got not idea why Indy worked so well. <p> I think this is why that movie gets so much positive buzz. You can't expect from an audience that hates Indy 4 and talkes about a fridge every day to prove their point, to recognize a good movie.

  • June 28, 2008, 1:58 a.m. CST

    indiana jones 4 was SO fucking bad...

    by Prossor

    ... it made my ass to cave in and implode causing me to vomit SHIT ALL OVER THE FUCKING SCREEN!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • June 28, 2008, 2:27 a.m. CST

    the fridge deserves an oscar

    by Gorgomel

  • June 28, 2008, 2:30 a.m. CST

    I'm sorry

    by kwisatzhaderach

    But anybody that thinks Rob Cohen can make a film that's better than a Steven Spielberg film is DERANGED.

  • June 28, 2008, 2:48 a.m. CST

    looks good but

    by cloud_86

    I'm sure someones already said this but anyone think its odd how Rick looks exactly the same and yet his son is at least in his 20's?

  • June 28, 2008, 3:46 a.m. CST

    Mummy/Mummy Returns

    by jsm1978

    I really liked The Mummy, and loved Returns... the first time I saw it. Subsequent viewings have killed that one. This one... definitely a rental, though the trailer looked intersting.

  • June 28, 2008, 3:47 a.m. CST

    and yes, cloud

    by jsm1978

    That is one of the first things I thought when I saw the trailer... introducing a kid was one of the worst things about the second one, and having him age so much while his parents look the same is a big knock to this film

  • June 28, 2008, 5:35 a.m. CST

    File under 'Guilty Pleasure'.

    by BiggusDickus

    I'd much rather see Brendan Fraser at full tilt than Harrison 'boring' Ford and Shia 'if this is the start of a new franchise they can keep it' MuttBoof.<p>Welcome back, Mister O'Connell. I'm there!

  • June 28, 2008, 6:01 a.m. CST


    by Xiphos_2

    Mark me down on the list of people who like Way Of the Gun. How could you not like a slow speed car chase, an updated Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid story and Sarah Silverman getting her shit fucked up by Mr. Reese Witherspoon.<p>Also, it had motherfucking Sonny Corleone as the fucking Bag man! Thats the shit right there. Way Of the Gun is an entertaining little gem of a movie.<p>How's the finacing coming on the epic film project Mall Ninjas vs The Zombie Hoard. Any movment yet?<p> I got to say, my man, since you came up with that brilliant idea a few weeks ago I now want to see that movie in the worse way.

  • June 28, 2008, 6:24 a.m. CST

    Scorpion King ruined all mummy films for me.

    by pr1c3y

  • June 28, 2008, 6:46 a.m. CST

    I've said this before...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...and I'll say it again: <p> Sure, chances are that, objectively speaking, Indy 4 is a better film than Mummy 3. However, a film of Indy 4's quality, coming from the beards and everyone else involved with the previous three films, makes it much worse than it is. It's not wrong to hold the beards to a higher standard than Rob Cohen and therefore judging the pedestrian Indy 4 more harshly, considering its pedigree. <p> I am truly horrified to admit it, but I have the queasy suspicion that Mummy 3 WILL indeed be a more entertaining film than Indy 4. <p> I'd like to add that I was the biggest supporter of the Indy 4 project you'd ever likely find on these boards, and that the fridge shenanigans didn't bother me in the slightest.

  • June 28, 2008, 6:48 a.m. CST

    Ah, yes, Bodet speaketh the trutheth.

    by DocPazuzu

    Can't go wrong with Yor. Or Starcrash for that matter.

  • June 28, 2008, 7:02 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    Sybil Danning was so hot in Herc. Lou, not so much.

  • June 28, 2008, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Could be good

    by Ladonite

    Could be alright, could suck. This reviewer probably isn't a plant, because not even a plant would say shit like that. Most likely a guy who wants to sound cool and has read too many lame reviews?<br><br> If its better than Indy, I will cry. And then laugh at the fact that The Two Beards can't even do their own genre anymore.

  • June 28, 2008, 7:55 a.m. CST

    the big question, though, is

    by posbasso

    is Pauly Shore in it?

  • June 28, 2008, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Too bad no Rachel Weisz

    by conspiracy

    Such a delicious girl. Guess that Oscar crap went to her usually does, nothing feeds an ego like an Oscar, it is that moment when a fun overpaying profession becomes "art" in the head of the narcissist. Hope she fares better than most Oscar winners..lest she end up making her very own "Catwoman".

  • June 28, 2008, 10:31 a.m. CST


    by rxse7en

    Monsters, Inc. :D

  • June 28, 2008, 10:36 a.m. CST


    by Crow3711

    I've seen The Way of The Gun, and that flick sucked some major, MAJOR cock. Way more cock than indy4, this upcoming mess Mummy3, and just about anything else I can think. I can't remember a flick I would count as so unbearably unmemorable. I used to like reading your posts, you're usually pretty on the ball, if not a dick for no real reason, but thats just pathetic. Don't talk about a waste of film and then say you enjoy that laughable piece of shit.

  • June 28, 2008, 11:40 a.m. CST

    by Crow3711

    Yeah, you're right, I mentioned cock twice, you must know everything about me. Plus, I think Drew said it best a few days ago, there's no such thing as a guilty pleasure. You like it, or you don't. I don't care if you like Way of The Gun, I'm just saying it makes no sense that you come on here quite a bit and shit on just about everything, but that movie gets a pass from you. It's just...inconsistent. Cock.

  • June 28, 2008, 12:05 p.m. CST

    And If We Can Put It Behind Us...

    by Crow3711

    I'm with you on Armageddon, even if I have to admit I got choked up when I saw in theaters at the age of 10. I didn't think Bruce Willis was allowed to die in a movie at the time. And I think you should roll on Big Foots. It'll probably end up being the smash-hit of the summer and get nominated for an Independent Spirit award.

  • June 28, 2008, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Xiphos 2

    by TerryMalloy

    What the fuck happened to Xiphos 1?

  • June 28, 2008, 12:48 p.m. CST

    You're completely mad, M-O-M

    by DocPazuzu

    MI1 is virtually unwatchable. Despite this, I actually rewatched it a few months ago. It's absolute shit -- bad acting, convoluted and stupid plot, and one of the most ridiculous finales of the 1990s.

  • June 28, 2008, 1:18 p.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    wrong talkback.

  • June 28, 2008, 1:32 p.m. CST

    I thinks will be a hell of a lot of fun.

    by CrichtonAstronut

    Hell, Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh, Brandan Frasure and Maria Bello, clever one liners by John Hannah and lots of FX. And unlike Indy IV people won't be ging n with the attitude that if this movie doesn't make them feel the Hand of God or make the blind see and the lame walk, and some lady in the back scream "I feel the spirit" and do cartwheels down the aisles, that it's somehow raped their childhood. They'll be amazed much they still love movies when their not looking for religious experience.

  • June 28, 2008, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Thank you Planty McPlant

    by tvspace

    Sorry, I'll go see the movie because I'm curious but when it doesn't deliver on what JFL says, I'm coming back to perform the Hom Dai on you... complete with tongue cut out, buried alive, wrapped like a mummy a swarm of flesh-eating scarabs.

  • June 28, 2008, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Jesus H. Plant On A Crucifix

    by Cedar_Room

    what the fuck is this plant shit? You always know a plant because: he knows all the characters names and all the people who played them, he makes only very small criticisms but says they are insignificant, describes the plot but never gives any spoilers, and attempts to sound like a young film fan by using phrases like "wicked cool". What utter cuntishness. Fuck off PLANT and your wicked cool CGI Yetis.

  • June 28, 2008, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Rob Cohen makes Stephen Sommers look like Steven Spielberg...

    by Sledge Hammer no, I don't buy this review at all. At best this could be a passable, but instantly disaposable, timewaster. And I really don't expect "at best" from the sack of festering Ratner-like mediocrity that is Rob Cohen. Still, maybe it'll surprise, crazier things have happened I suppose. I mean I hear Ben Affleck actually managed to act once. And if that's possible, well, then pretty much anything is. We'll see I guess.

  • June 28, 2008, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Jaded and bitter bitches

    by PhxMonsterGuy

    Wow...some of you nasty ol' queens really need to take a good hard look at yourselves. You are truly going to turn into that bitter old hag who screams at the neighborhood kids for letting their ball bounce onto her lawn. It truly seems that you only derive pleasure by being nasty, bitter and hateful towards well, just about everything. What sad pathetic lives that you can't even enjoy a goddamn big dumb movie. Sad.

  • June 28, 2008, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Kwisatzhaderach, regarding Spielberg vs. Cohen...

    by Big Dumb Ape

    You said: "But anybody that thinks Rob Cohen can make a film that's better than a Steven Spielberg film is DERANGED."<p>Look, without question, clearly Spielberg is one of the greatest directors of all time. But as far as making (to use the cliched phrase) fun summer popcorn flicks, let's be honest as well: the Spielberg of old and of JAWS and RAIDERS has long since become the mature director of SCHINDLER, PVT. RYAN, AMISTAD and MUNICH. And when he has tried to do his fun summer popcorn flicks - like a WOTW or an INDY 4 -- their technically fine...sure, you can count on certain showpiece bits appearing in the films...but overall there's just something missing. In the end, part of it isn't even Spielberg's fault. It's the people he's chosen to work with. Hell, I blame 3 of his summer misfires on the same person -- David Koepp who churned out shitty scripts for JURASSIC PARK (the Crichton novel is sooooo much better), WOTW (how you make a boring alien attack movie is beyond me), and now INDY 4.<p>So do I think Cohen is a better director or filmmaker? No. But am I willing to bet that Cohen -- at this point in time, at this point in both their respective careers -- will make a better summer popcorn flick, complete with fun and doofy Yetis throwing villainous mummies around (ironically the type of thing Spielberg would have excelled at in the 80's)...then the answer is yes. And trust me, I'm am as HUGE a Spielberg fan as you can be, I just think he's matured to the point where his "summer popcorn movies" are never going to be what they once were. The kid in him has long since become too much the adult at this point -- though I'd love to be proven wrong. I'd love to see Spielberg really deliver a true summer movie like JAWS or RAIDERS again.

  • June 28, 2008, 9:28 p.m. CST

    I fully expect the theme of MUMMY 3 reactions to be

    by Harry Weinstein

    "Well, at least it was better than that goddamn Indiana Jones movie."

  • June 28, 2008, 9:59 p.m. CST

    Monsters Inc and Rudolph

    by bah

    Not badass Yetis, and Rudolph wasn't a movie, but still.

  • June 29, 2008, 1 a.m. CST

    better than Indy4 means less smelly shit...

    by Rupee88

    sorry to be so blunt, but that is the truth..

  • June 29, 2008, 10:26 p.m. CST

    This CANNOT be worse than CRYSTAL SKULL

    by Mullah Omar

    It's sad when Indiana Jones ripoffs like THE MUMMY and NATIONAL TREASURE are better than the newest official Indiana Jones film - sad but true.

  • June 29, 2008, 11:16 p.m. CST


    by thegreatwhatzit

    was Sommers' only digestible junk food. I wouldn't mind a sequel (God, Famke Janssen was so hot). THE MUMMY sequel, however, was a mess...a surplus of CGI with occasional stock footage of actors.

  • June 30, 2008, 12:41 a.m. CST


    by soup74

    your first, or second post way up top about keeping a list was pretty hilarious, i think youre defending/explaining yourself way too much. Stick with what you said.

  • July 21, 2008, 2:53 p.m. CST

    I love the insanity of Rob Cohen

    by SquirrelPhister

    Rob Cohen's movies are usually enjoyable purely on a "what the fuck is happening right now?" kind of level

  • July 29, 2008, 12:37 p.m. CST

    I don't know if anyone will read this, but...

    by Gilkuliehe

    I just saw this movie and is a complete piece of shit. Anyone who thinks this movie is better than Indiana Jones 4 is either stupid or a plant, and his/her tastes are not trustworthy.

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