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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)

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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, Rovi

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Cast

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

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Making the farcical tenor of the recent Indiana Jones film feel like a paragon of dramatic and archaeological integrity, this phoned-in action threequel doesn't even have the good grace to deliver on its title and feature any mummies

Full Review… | August 8, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

I was never a fan of the first two, but those are masterpieces compared to this clunk 'o junk.

August 4, 2008
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

For a movie about the undead, this lacks any supernatural chills, and by the time its obligatory final showdown arrives, it seems as hollow as the terra cotta soldiers brought to life by CGI.

Full Review… | August 1, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The best news about this clangorous clunker is that it may well have vanquished the Mummy franchise.

Full Review… | August 1, 2008
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

Remarkably, the plot has much in common with Hellboy II: The Golden Army, yet that bundle of fun has enough vision to make even its Barry Manilow interlude seem appropriate.

Full Review… | August 1, 2008
USA Today
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The story is no more than a thread stitching set pieces of increasing implausibility and ineptitude.

Full Review… | August 1, 2008
Toronto Star
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Audience Reviews for The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

"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

½

The storyline is interesting as it is about an evil Chinese Emperor (Jet Li) being raised from the dead. There are great special effects in the desert and also in the snow scenes. The fighting scenes are fab between Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh. The disappointing parts include Brendan Fraser's cheesy lines and the fact that he doesn't look old enough to have a grown up son!

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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