Furry Vengeance (2010) Trailer

Furry Vengeance is a comedy about an arrogant real estate agent who gets in way over his head after he agrees to develop property on an Oregon forest and the area’s animals sabotage his plans. Starring Brendan Fraser, Brooke Shields, Furry Vengeance opens on April 2, 2010.

Inkheart (2009) – Movie Review

Inkheart is a fantasy film based on the book of the same name. The movie was slated to be released on March 19, 2008 but was pushed to December 12, 2008 in the UK and January 23, 2009 in the US.

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Brendan Fraser in "Inkheart"
Brendan Fraser in "Inkheart"

Mortimer “Mo” Folchart (played by Brendan Fraser) and his 12-year-old daughter, Meggie (Eliza Bennett), share a passion for books. Mo has been searching for a book called Inkheart through secondhand book shops for nearly a decade. When he finally finds the book, he accidentally brings Dustfinger (Paul Bettany) to life. When Dustfinger confronts Mo in order to tell him that Capricorn (Andy Serkis) is pursuing Mo and he is in danger, Mo completely brushes him aside. Instead, Mo chooses to visit his mother, Elinor Loredan (Helen Mirren) in Italy and brings Meggie along.

Unexpectedly, Dustfinger appears in Italy, where Mo and Meggie stay only to tell Mo that he corporates with Capricorn since it’s the only chance for him to get back into the book after Mo has repeatedly refused to do so. Capricorn’s men ransacks the house and the library in order to find the book entitled "Inkheart". They also capture Mo, Meggie and Elinor as prisoners and throw them into a dungeon together with mystical beasts in adjacent cages inside a castle. With so many things occurring, Mo finally reveals to Meggie and Elinor that he’s a Silvertongue and he has an extraordinary gift for bringing characters from books to life when he reads them aloud. But his action has also caused his wife, Resa (Sienna Guillory) who has disappeared into its the pages of Inkheart.

Mo’s plan to use the book to rescue Resa is thwarted when Capricorn throws the book into the fireplace. Mo and his family together with the aid of Dustfinger and Farid (a character from Ali Baba and the forty thieves) create a thunderstorm to divert the attention of Capricorn’s men in a bid to escape. They manage to escape and find the original author of Inkheart. Even though Mo manages to find the original manuscript in order to rescue his wife and send Capricorn and all the villains back to the book, little does he knows that Capricorn has captured his daughter whom also has the gift like his father and Capricorn’s evil plan to bring the Shadow to life.

Overall, it is a weak fantasy movie with predictable storyline. Only if the movie was shown in December 2007, as it was planned originally, it may be more interesting. Other than that, it is quite decent with Brendan Fraser playing a character with more dialogues compared to his acting in the Journey to the Center of the Earth movie.

My rating: 6 out of 10.

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008) – Movie Review

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor which also known as The Mummy 3 is the sequel to The Mummy and The Mummy Returns with Brendan Fraser reprising his role as Richard “Rick” O’Connell.

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Jet Li as the Emperor Han in "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor "
Jet Li as the Emperor Han in "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor "

Emperor Han (Jet Li) is a tyrannical emperor who wants to dominate the entire world and has managed to conquer everything except his age. As he is slowly aging, his mission is to find immortality. Han commands his general, Ming Guo (Russell Wong) to bring a sorceress called Zi Juan (Michelle Yeoh) who happens to know the way to immortality to him. When Zi Juan says she doesn’t have but only know where to find it, Han warns Ming Guo to escort her but not to touch her as she belongs to the emperor.

During the search for immortality, Ming Guo betrays the emperor’s trust by having an affair with Zi Juan. When Ming Guo and Zi Juan return to the emperor, the emperor punishes Ming Guo by having his arms and feet tied to the horses. Han suggests to Zi Juan to give herself to him if she wants to live, but she promptly refuses. As a result, Han commands his armies to tear Ming Guo apart while he stabs a dagger onto Zi Juan. Before long, Han and his armies turn into statues as a result of the curse cast by Zi Juan earlier.

The movie fast forward to 1940, which Rick O’Connell (Brendan Fraser) and his wife, Evelyn O’Connell (played by Maria Bello as Rachel Weisz has dropped out) are retired from their exploring jobs. Their lives now are boring and simply monotonous. When the opportunity to go to Shanghai to return an ancient artifact to the government of China, the O’Connell takes the chance without a second thought Evelyn’s brother, Jonathan Carnahan (John Hannah) runs a nightclub in Shanghai.

The O’Connell are tricked into General Yang’s (Anthony Wong) plot of resurrecting Emperor Han and his terracotta warriors and are forced to prevent Yang’s absurd ambition. Coincidentally, it was their son, Alex O’Connell (Luke Ford) who has earlier discovered the terracotta warriors. Lin (Isabella Leong) shows up and tells Alex that she’s the guardian of the tomb, but when a fight ensues between General Yang’s men and the O’Connell, the resurrection potion falls and it has awakened Emperor Han.

Anthony Wong and a Yeti in "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor "
Anthony Wong and a Yeti in "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor "

Then, come the part where the O’Connell family chases Emperor Han and General Yang in order to stop them from reaching to a place called Shangri-La, where Han will be able to resurrect his armies. The cat and mouse chasing is quite fun but the plots are predictable.

Lin even summons the Yetis to fight along side the O’Connell as they are outnumbered by General Yang’s armies.

Jet Li turns into a three-headed dragon in "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor "

But, despite all the efforts to stop Han, he finally manages to find Shangri-La and after he jumps into the pool of immortality, he emerges as a three-headed dragon and flies back to his base in order to resurrect his terracotta warriors. In order to fight back, Zi Juan and her daughter sacrifice their immortality to bring back the undead who are buried by Emperor Han during the construction of the Great Wall of China.

Although the fight between the terracotta warriors and the undead are impressive, the movie is brought to an abrupt ending when Han is easily killed by Rick and Alex who fight hand-to-hand combat with Han. Overall, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor is quite disappointing especially in terms of plot and fighting scenes where the real actions are missing. Perhaps, like The X-Files, people are already bored with Rick and his adventures of killing mummies. Somehow, in the last scene, Jonathan is seen holding the valuable piece of diamond artifact to Peru — hint us the next Mummy movie will be set in Peru. After all, after having done with Egypt and China, Peru’s ancient Moche pyramid is very likely the next target.

My ratings: 7 out of 10.

Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) – Movie Review

Journey to the Center of the Earth is a 3D movie starring Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson, and Anita Briem.

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson, and Anita Briem in "Journey to the Center of the Earth"
Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson, and Anita Briem in "Journey to the Center of the Earth"

Trevor (Brendan Fraser) is a volcanologist and a professor in a university. He has completely forgotten about Sean coming to spend ten days with him. When Sean’s mother drops him off, Trevor is totally unprepared and his house is in a complete mess. Sean is a 13-year-old teenager who’s into PSP, Google and the likes, so Trevor and Sean don’t seem to get along in the beginning.

Before Sean’s mom leaves, she passes Trevor with a box of items that belonged to Max, Trevor’s brother and Sean’s father, who went missing years before. Suddenly, Sean takes interest in what Trevor has to say after he tells him about his father, whom he never really had a chance to know. Trevor tells Sean that yoyo is his father’s PSP. Trevor also finds a novel Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne with notes written by Max. Trevor and Sean quickly go to his laboratory only to discover a new seismometer reading which has led them to Iceland. Although Trevor intends to send Sean back to his mother, Sean relents and Trevor has no choice but to bring him along.

In Iceland, Trevor and Sean look for another volcanologist only to find he has passed away 3 years ago. His daughter, Hannah (Anita Briem) invites them into the house and they talk about the book by Jules Verne. Hannah refers the believer of the book as "Vernian", in which she says unlike her father, she is not a Vernian. However, she offers to be Trevor and Sean’s mountain guide for a hefty price. While hiking, Trevor refuses to heed Hannah’s warning of possible lightning strike as he is trying to pull out his seismometer. When it’s nearly too late, Trevor lets go of his instrument and they are trapped in a cave after the lightning hits the rocks and the rocks cover the entrance of the cave.

Trevor and Hannah decides to find another way out while Sean insists on digging the rocks. While finding the way out, Trevor, Sean and Hannah fall into a deep pit which takes them to the center of the Earth. What happen next includes discovering of glowing birds, gigantic man-eating plants, man-eating fish, Loch Ness monsters and T-Rex.

Basically, the movie is purposely made in 3D and it is the best to watch in a 3D theaters, otherwise, the movie would seem to be another dull and boring movie.

My ratings: 6 out of 10.

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008) Trailer

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor is the third installment of The Mummy franchise starring Brendan Fraser, Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh.