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'Mojin: The Lost Legend' is an overreaching action-comedy

'Mojin: The Lost Legend' is an overreaching action-comedy
Shu Qi in the movie "Mojin: The Lost Legend." (Well Go USA Entertainment)

If nothing else, you have to give "Mojin: The Lost Legend" credit for having moxie — it's not every movie that thinks it's got the goods to take on the opening weekend of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

While based on a series of bestselling fantasy adventure novels, the bloated, over-the-top Chinese action-comedy, also known as "The Ghouls," falls woefully short of approaching the events set in a certain galaxy far, far away.

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After being exiled to New York City in the late 1980s, a trio of tomb raiders ("The Assassin's" Shu Qi, along with Chen Kun and Huang Bo) are summoned home for one last lucrative heist in pursuit of the fabled Equinox Flower.

Embracing the worst of Hollywood excess, director Wuershan crams in enough CG effects to fill a dozen Jerry Bruckheimer/Michael Bay features, but the uninspired payoff quickly grows tiresome.

Given the popularity of the books and the well-known stars, this "Indiana Jones"/"National Treasure"/"Lara Croft" retread, which is being released simultaneously in China and North America, may make more of a splash in the mother country, but here at home, the Force is unlikely to be with it.

"Mojin: The Lost Legend."

In Mandarin with English subtitles.

Not rated.

Running time: 2 hours, 5 minutes.

Playing: AMC Atlantic Times Square 14, Monterey Park.

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