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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)



Critic Consensus: With middling CG effects and a distinct lack of fun, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor finds the series past its prime.

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The Fast and the Furious director Rob Cohen continues the tale set into motion by director Stephen Sommers with this globe-trotting adventure that finds explorer Rick O'Connell and son attempting to thwart a resurrected emperor's (Jet Li) plan to enslave the entire human race. It's been 2,000 years since China's merciless Emperor Han and his formidable army were entombed in terra cotta clay by a double-dealing sorceress (Michelle Yeoh), but now, after centuries in suspended animation, an ancient curse is about to be broken. Thanks to his childhood adventures alongside father Rick (Brendan Fraser) and mother Evelyn (Maria Bello), dashing young archeologist Alex O'Connell (Luke Ford) is more than familiar with the power of the supernatural. After he is tricked into awakening the dreaded emperor from his eternal slumber, however, the frightened young adventurer is forced to seek out the wisdom of his parents -- both of whom have had their fair share of experience battling the legions of the undead. Should the fierce monarch prove capable of awakening his powerful terra cotta army, his diabolical plan for world domination will finally be set into motion. Of course, the one factor that this emperor mummy failed to consider while solidifying his power-mad plans was the O'Connells, and before this battle is over, the monstrous monarch will be forced to contend with the one family that isn't frightened by a few rickety reanimated corpses. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for adventure and violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Alfred Gough, Miles Millar
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 16, 2008
Box Office: $101.6M
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Brendan Fraser
as Rick O'Connell
John Hannah
as Jonathan Carnahan
Maria Bello
as Evelyn O'Connell
Jet Li
as Emperor Han
Russell Wong
as Ming Guo
Luke Ford
as Alex O'Connell
Anthony Wong
as General Yang
David Calder
as Roger Wilson
Tian Liang
as Li Zhou
Albert Kwan
as Chu Wah
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Critic Reviews for The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

All Critics (170) | Top Critics (41)

Never trust a movie in which a character exclaims "here we go again", just as Brendan Fraser does 30 minutes into the third instalment of The Mummy franchise.

Full Review… | October 21, 2014

Pray that this is a franchise that's dead for good this time.

Full Review… | October 14, 2012

A movie series called The Mummy is naturally going to have a limited focus. Universal might have been better off focusing on the various adventures of Rick and Evelyn to give them a wider range of material. But they haven't, so mummies it is.

Full Review… | April 8, 2011

The makers of the wildly lucrative Mummy franchise are flogging a dead corpse ... the adventure that's been disinterred is more than a little whiffy.

Full Review… | November 19, 2010
Movie Talk

It's a deafening, blinding department store Blu-ray demo reel that's spun wildly out of control...Tomb takes the franchise to a stunning new low."

Full Review… | June 2, 2010

I too wish this Mummy stayed dead and buried.

Full Review… | August 1, 2009

Audience Reviews for The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

Decent action, the wit of the first two movies is gone though and the chemistry between Brendan Fraser and Maria Bello was non existent.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

"The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" has the original cast together and it is in focus the entire time. There is not much else to say about this franchise killer, because the actors all seem to be foaming it in, the plot is too complex to be enjoyable, and the script is so dumb that I did not care about anything that was going on. While shorter than the first two films, it actually feels the longest. With so many bloated ideas plotted into this picture, there is not one interesting one to latch onto. Once Rick's son grows up, he kind of takes over the family business until his parents are dragged back into the Mummy world for one more ride. Like many "Last Time" films, it has run this franchise into the ground. There really are no redeeming qualities to this picture, which is sad. Ever since the beginning in 1999, these films have been going down hill. Recommendation: Just stay away.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Ultimately the absence of Rachel Weisz and the change in location and mythology are the biggest flaws in this film. Weisz was a major part of the first two films and by having her replaced by Maria Bello, the original character is lost and replaced with one that doesn't meet Weisz's performance. The fact that the story and mythology are set in China distances this installment very far away from the first two films due to the major change. This was one reason that I felt defeated the objective of having "The Mummy" title on this film. At the same time, Arnold Vosloo's Imhotep was "The Mummy" in the first two films and this time Jet Li's Dragon Emperor takes the role of the power hungry cursed creature. Again, this also made it irrelevant of having "The Mummy" title as it the location, mythology and villain have no links to the first two films. Another flaw was the obvious CGI effects which, even from within the first 7 minutes, can be very easily be told apart from physical and computer effects. However, the fact that Brendan Fraser and John Hannah reprise their roles didn't make this film a complete failure. Even though this film features some strong action moments, this highlight of the film was in fact one of the reasons that made me struggle to enjoy "The Mummy Returns"; they both focus too much on constant action and not the horror or characters to the extent that "The Mummy" did. Finally, the comical aspect of this film went too far as it attempted to be far more humorous than the other two. Again, this was one aspect which stopped me from full enjoying the first two films, and in fact stopped me from giving the first film the best score. Overall, this is obviously the weakest out of the trilogy. My advice, maybe watch it once and maybe act that only "The Mummy" and "The Mummy Returns" exist.

Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

Super Reviewer

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Quotes

Jonathan Carnahan: I hate mummies! They never play fair!
– Submitted by Matthew D (3 years ago)
Maguire: I'd tell you to fasten your seatbelts, but I was too cheap to buy any! [laughs]
Rick O'Connell: [laughs] Why am I laughing?
– Submitted by Nick S (4 years ago)

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