The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)

Looks better than the last one, but the little humour from before is now completely gone (“You guys are like mummy magnets!” *crickets*), the plot is a complete rehash (just substitute a terracotta army for the dog army, and add in some yetis), and the added father-son dramatic thread falls flat on its face just like it did in Die Hard 5 (newcomer Bello isn’t great either). Some good fight choreography and one badass “revenge for the oppressed” speech at the climax are the only positives here.

The Mummy Returns (2001)

The script reaches new levels of ridiculousness (mummified pygmies, dog armies, a woefully neglected child), which bring with them new levels of cringe-worthy CGI (I nearly vomited in my mouth upon seeing the reincarnated Scorpion King) and green screen scenes (see the flight over Egypt, standing on the pyramid). Decent action/adventure set pieces and a few self-aware quips courtesy of the self-preserving Uncle Jon (“Ah, the old ‘wipe out the world’ ploy”) keep this from being a total wreck.

The Mummy (1999)

Cheesy, in some bad ways and some good ways: The opening historical background sequence is just horrendous in its melodrama, dated CGI, and outlandish “Egyptian” costumes, and these things occasionally pop up again, but the over-the-top characters (see Weisz’ awkward British lass, the trigger-happy, bourbon-drinking Americans) and goofy sense of humour (“You probably won’t live through it” *happily* “You really think so?”) combines well with the spooky adventure tale for an overall fun watch.

Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008)


On a quest to find out what happened to his missing brother, a scientist, his nephew and their mountain guide discover a fantastic and dangerous lost world in the center of the earth. (IMDb)
I got a jolt of giddiness when Trevor starting reading the cryptic notes in Verne’s novel, setting up the adventure to come, but unfortunately, the execution falls flat on its face: Besides the science being under-explained and far-fetched, the action scenes are childish and riddled with cheesy CGI, and the downtime is full of lame one-liners (“Welcome to the 21st century”), bland sentimentality (the kid-conflict is resolved after one scene), and shoddy acting (kid Hutcherson especially).
3.5/10 (Awful)