The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
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Brendan Fraser and Jet Li star in the action-packed adventure The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor! When a 2,000-year-old curse is broken, a ruthless dragon emperor (Li) comes back to life with a diabolical plan to enslave the world. Mankind’s only hope against him and his legions of undead warriors lies with the courageous O’Connell family, who chase him from the dangerous catacombs of China, to the icy Himalayas and beyond. Featuring intense battle sequences, breathtaking visual effects and extraordinary creatures, it’s a thrilling journey that Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times calls “the best in the series!”
The third film in the The Mummy series freshens the franchise up by setting the action in China. There, the discovery of an ancient emperor's elaborate tomb proves a feather in the cap of Alex O'Connell (Luke Ford), a young archaeologist and son of Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser) and his wife Evelyn (Maria Bello, taking over the role from Rachel Weisz). Unfortunately, a curse that turned the emperor (Jet Li) and his army into terra cotta warriors buried for centuries is lifted, and the old guy prepares for world domination by seeking immortality at Shangri La. The O'Connells barely stay a step ahead of him (climbing through the Himalaya mountains with apparent ease), but the action inevitably leads to a showdown between two armies of mummies in a Chinese desert. The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor has a lot to offer: a supporting cast that includes the elegant Michelle Yeoh, Russell Wong, and Liam Cunningham, the unexpected appearance of several Yeti, and a climactic battle sequence that is nightmarishly weird but compelling. On the downside, the charm so desperately sought in romantic relationships, as well as comic turns by John Hannah (as Evelyn's rascal brother), is not only absent but often annoying. Rarely have witty asides in the thick of battle been more unwelcome in a movie. Rob Cohen's direction is largely crisp if sometimes curious (a fight between Fraser and Jet Li keeps varying in speed for some reason), but his vision of Shangri La, in the Hollywood tradition, is certainly attractive. --Tom Keoghbr>
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The rest of the cast (good guys and evil bad guys) was equally superb, the costumes, the music, the pace was great -- leaving you with the though of, "What just happened to the last two hours?"
A keeper for the DVD Library - Truly a Great -- Five Star Flick
This movie was horrible. Sets a new standard for "jumping the shark."
I'm a big fan of Brendan Fraiser, Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh. LOVED the first two mummy movie.
Now I'm an even bigger fan of Rachael Weisz for not acting in this disaster.
The script was laughable (as in "Ouch! Did they really just say that?!?"), the plot was watered down from the second installment and tended to take ridiculous leaps. The entire story insulted the legendary history of China. (I thought "The Forbidden Kingdom" was better than this pile of garbage.
There was none of the humor and wit from the first two movies.
Jet Li had too few lines. Maria Bello had too many.
Save your money. Skip this dog, and watch one of the first two again.