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Una, before entering the cinema, have zero expectations…

… then LOWER it.

… and then LOWER some more.

…then MAYBE you’ll enjoy it. Maybe lang ha.

In fuhrness baka naman dahil puyat ako the day before, tapos galing work, tapos naglaro ng badminton, tapos nagdinner, saka pa lang bumili ng ticket for the 12:15 mdnt screening ng movie.

Or maybe chaka nga ung movie.

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It still stars delicious Brendan Fraser, respected actor of some of this generation’s acclaimed films like “Encino Man”…

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…..”George of the Jungle”….

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…”Monkeybone”…

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….”The Mummy”…

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…”The Mummy Returns”…

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… and most recently “Journey to the Center of the Earth”… (in 3D!!! Yey!)

Ano ba kasi ang problema ng “The Mummy 3? I mean bukod sa buong script… wehehehe. Eto…

1. Asan ang mummy sa The Mummy na ito? Wishing naman naging mummy si Emperor Jet Li eh, naging terra-cotta siya. in other words paso’ng may paa.

2. Sorry but Maria Bello is just so not Evvie. At mas laong wishing siya si Rachel Wiesz. The appeal of the original Evvie was isang siyang mamahaling English rose na marunong makipagsapakan. Sadly Maria Bello doesnt look expensive so pag nakikipagsapakan siya, mukha lang siyang palengkera. Mukha lang siyang mamahaling Rosie Perez. Yun.

3. Much of the film focuses sa anak ng character ni Brendan, played by actor Luke Ford. Ang problema, Luke doesnt have the screen heat that Brendan possesses kaya pag si luke ang nasa eksena you wish na ibalik uli sa scene si Brendan. At hello, face to face, hindi kaya believable na mag-ama ang dalawa. Para lang silang magsyupatid with Luke coming out as the bratty yet bland young brother.

4. May Yeti. May yeti? May Yeti! At mukha lang silang tutang may pangil. Ganun lang.

5. Hindi namaximize sina Jet Lee at Michelle Yeoh. Sayang dahil they seem to be ready to lend some gravitas to the movie, kaso superficial lang talaga ang participation nila dito. At naluluka ako na mother roles na talaga ang Michelle dahil de ba Bond Girl pa siya not so long ago?

6. Nuknukan rin naman ni nipis ng kwento ng The Mummy 1 and 2, but what they lack in storyline they amply made up for with edge-of-your-seat action sequences. ang na-experience ko lang was edge-of-my-patience dahil na bore ako.

7. It must be all those CGI effects. Yung fight scene with the the Terra Cotta army hello, isa lang itong bonggang-bonggang basagan ng paso. Tapos yung kakampi ng mga bida’ng army of the undead, lead by the ex-general na ppnapatay ng emperor , comedy ang dating. Ang naalala ko sa kanila yung mga mumu-zombies na drawing ni Carlo Vergara sa comics version ng Zsazsa Zaturnnah.

8. Yung eksena after natalo na nina Brendan ang Emperor. So biglang nabasag ang paso’ng army. Then the zombie army of the oppressed undead stands gallantly, the victors… then turns to dust, swept up and away by a mighty wind… tapos nagform ng silhouette ng fez ni Michelle at ng General! Napatili talaga ako ng “ANCHAKA!!! ANCHAKA!!!”

Feeling ko naramdaman din ng director ng anchaka ng ginagawa niyang movie so super singit siya ng saving grace… pinaghubad niya si Brendan Fraser. Achullee yun lang ang eksenang malinaw na natatandaan ko sa buong movie… at saka yung lumilipad na tela ng damit ni Michelle.

The feeling of the movie para sa akin ay hilaw na merging ng East meets West filmmaking and as a whole parang publicity material lang itu to entice more tourists to visit China and the Beijing Olympics. Syempre nga naman the mythology created by the movie provides more points of interests in China bukod sa Olympic Games de ba. At to support my theory, when i visited the The Mummy 3 official site, may Beijing Games conenction nga!

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