The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

Rob Cohen (2008)

107min
12 Certificate
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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

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Cast & Crew

Rick O'Connell Brendan Fraser
Emperor Han Jet Li
Evelyn O'Connell Maria Bello
Jonathan Carnahan John Hannah
Zi Yuan Michelle Yeoh
Alex O'Connell Luke Ford
General Yang Anthony Wong (1)
Lin Isabella Leong
Director Rob Cohen
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Universal Guidance: May be edited for violence. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 8 Aug 2008

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