The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Movie Review

Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

Also Known As:
The Curse of the Dragon
The Mummy 3
The Mummy III
The Mummy Returns seque
Production Status:     In Production/Awaiting Release
Genres:     Action/Adventure and Sequel
Release Date:     August 1st, 2008 (wide)
MPAA Rating:     PG-13 for adventure action and violence.
Distributors:     Universal Pictures Distribution
Production Co.:     The Sean Daniel Company, Sommers Company
Studios: Universal Pictures,

Filming Locations:  China, Montreal, Quebec Canada
Produced in:     United States

Actors  Brendan Fraser Rick O’Connell
Jet Li Emperor Han
Maria Bello Evelyn Carnahan O’Connell
Michelle Yeoh Zijuan
John Hannah Jonathan Carnahan
Luke Ford Alex O’Connell
Liam Cunningham Mad Dog Maguire
Isabella Leong Lin

Rick O’Connell was essentially a bland version of Indiana Jones for the turn of the millennium. Back then, the lack of a Spielberg/Lucas movie for ten years and big-budget CGI were its main attractions – it was easy to sell a popular imitation when the real thing was not forthcoming. This year we are being treated to both, and the third helping of The Mummy franchise looks to be lacking the careful consideration of Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’s lengthy pre-production schedule, probably in the hope it can piggyback off its more illustrious predecessor on the way to box office glory late in the summer. Should we retain some of our appetite for adventuring tomb raiders for August? It’s quite hard to tell…

The action moves to the Far East for the Tomb of the Dragon Emperor where Rick (the returning Fraser) and his son Alex (Ford) dig up the mummy of the first Emperor of Qin (martial arts star Li) – a shape-shifting entity cursed centuries ago. Originally buried alongside 10,000 terra cotta soldiers, forces are in motion to bring him back from the dead in a re-conquest of China. Treks through the Himalayas, Yeti encounters, avalanches, three-headed dragons, pools of eternal life and epic battles will be ideal for mindless, end-of-summer fun.

The Mummy has never been the most highly respected of action movie series, but hopefully the appearance of Jet Li as Emperor Han will lead to a few examples of his martial arts expertise to go with the CGI action. Li has not been in a high profile blockbuster movie sequel like this since Lethal Weapon 4 first showcased his talents to mainstream action audiences. He failed to capture the hearts of western audiences in the same way as Jackie Chan in the films that followed, but here is an opportunity to be re-launched into the public consciousness. Whether he gets the chance to take centre stage as a shape-shifting baddie is another matter though.

The rest of the cast are in similar career lulls. Fraser has been relatively low key over the past few years, as has Hannah, which suggests the increasingly-respected Rachel Weisz turned down the chance to reprise her role as Rick’s wife Evelyn because she had better things to do. Maria Bello takes her place while Michelle Yeoh is also on board for the ride, presumably because she is a recognisable Asian actress. Previous director Stephen Sommers has not had a film released since the disappointing Van Helsing in 2004 but has opted to produce this third Mummy film in favour of other projects such as 2009’s G.I. Joe. Rob Cohen, who has recently been seen working on dumb action movies such as he Fast and the Furious, Stealth and xXx, has been given the reins for the third film so don’t be surprised if this is another high octane, low brains thrill ride. That said, the sight of a 10,000-strong terra cotta army marching towards world domination and led by Jet Li does sound like an impressive sight.

One Response to “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Movie Review”

  1. media boy Says:

    Sounds like Tomb of the Dragon Emperor met everyone’s expectations… Brendan Frasier tries too hard to act, so you can tell he’s acting

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