The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

Rob Cohen (2008)

107min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
What a difference a decade makes in this second sequel (discounting series spin-off The Scorpion King) to Stephen Sommers's 1999 hit. The story opens in ancient China as ruthless Emperor Han (Jet Li) is crushing all before him in a bid to control the region. But his desire for immortality is his undoing. The action then flashes forward to the 1940s and the discovery of his tomb. Star Brendan Fraser is back as adventurer Rick O'Connell but much of the vigour of his original performance is gone, as he and wife Evelyn (Maria Bello, replacing Rachel Weisz) get drawn into a plot to resurrect the emperor and restore him to power. The poor dialogue and dreadful acting - Bello's wayward English accent, Fraser's cringeworthy tête-à-tête with son Luke Ford - are forgivable in an action movie. But the much-anticipated fight between Li and Michelle Yeoh's sorceress is ridiculously brief, the action is badly choreographed and John Hannah's comedy sidekick is simply an embarrassment. There's an entertaining battle between the emperor's forces and a zombie army, but it's too little too late.

Summary

Daredevil explorers Rick and Evelyn O'Connell are called into action when their son accidentally resurrects the evil Chinese Emperor Han from his ancient tomb. The family now faces a race against time to prevent the merciless leader from awakening his vast terracotta army in a plot to take over the world. Fantasy adventure sequel, starring Brendan Fraser, Maria Bello, Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh.

Cast & Crew

Rick O'Connell Brendan Fraser
Emperor Han Jet Li
Evelyn O’Connell Maria Bello
Jonathan Carnahan John Hannah
Zi Juan Michelle Yeoh
Alex O'Connell Luke Ford
Lin Isabella Leong
General Yang Anthony Wong Chau-Sang
Director Rob Cohen
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalGuidance: May be edited for violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 8 Aug 2008
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