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‘Mojin: The Lost Legend’ is an overreaching action-comedy

MOJIN: THE LOST LEGEND (2015)

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.

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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.

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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.”

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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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