Friday, August 01, 2008
There are only two things you need to know about The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. The first is that Stephen Sommers, writer-director of both The Mummy and The Mummy Returns, is neither writer nor director. (IMDB lists him as the uncredited screenwriter, way back in 2001.) His replacement, Rob Cohen, has to his credit titles like xXx, Stealth, and The Skulls, a list that does not instill confidence in your average movie critic. The second thing to know is Rachel Weisz does not reprise the role of beautiful librarian and adventuress Evey O’Connell. That role is instead played by Maria Bello, one of the finest actresses in the movie business today. I wonder if she’s as eager to forget this movie as I am.