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Rick, his son Alex, wife Evelyn and her brother must stop a mummy awoken from a 2,000-year-old curse who threatens to plunge the world into his merciless, unending service. As the monarch roars back to life, our heroes find his quest for world domination has only intensified over the millennia. The Emperor Mummy will rouse his legion as an unstoppable, otherworldly force...unless the O'Connells can stop him first.
Adventure - Like the first two films, this is a Brendan Fraser-starring period
action-adventure with a goofy sense of humor. Although he is
prominently featured in the advertising, Jet Li's role is very small.
Fans of original co-star Rachel Weisz will be disappointed to find
that her role has been taken over by Maria Bello.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Below Average For those who enjoy overcooked special effects and boring, suspense-free, hamster-on-a-wheel action, Tomb of the Dragon Emperor might indeed represent "silly fun." For me, it's a disappointing example of bloated excess that should have never left the draft screenplay stage.
Roger EbertFull Review Good Now why did I like this movie? It was just plain dumb fun, is why. It is absurd and preposterous, and proud of it. The heroes maintain their ability to think of banal cliches even in the most strenuous situations.
USA TodayFull Review Poor Anyone seeing it will spend the following week pretending Tums is a food group.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 113 moviegoers:
TEENS:Everyone enjoyed "The Mummy," to some degree, but the reviews weren't outstanding. The females enjoyed it the most and their reviews were very close to outstanding. Quite a few of the males only rated it "Good/Average," which is a bit low. Fortunately, most males loved it.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:There were only a few males and females in this age group and their reviews are mixed. About half loved it and half rated it between decent and disappointing.
ADULTS:Great Reviews! Males and females enjoyed it about the same. Only a small percentage rated it average to below average.
Explorer Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser ) combats the resurrected Han Emperor (Jet Li) in an epic that races from the catacombs of ancient China high into the frigid Himalayas. Rick is joined in this all-new adventure by son Alex (newcomer Luke Ford), wife Evelyn (Maria Bello) and her brother, Jonathan (John Hannah). And this time, the O'Connells must stop a mummy awoken from a 2,000-year-old curse who threatens to plunge the world into his merciless, unending service.
Doomed by a double-crossing sorceress (Michelle Yeoh) to spend eternity in suspended animation, China's ruthless Dragon Emperor and his 10,000 warriors have laid forgotten for eons, entombed in clay as a vast, silent terra cotta army. But when dashing adventurer Alex O'Connell is tricked into awakening the ruler from eternal slumber, the reckless young archaeologist must seek the help of the only people who know more than he does about taking down the undead: his parents.
As the monarch roars back to life, our heroes find his quest for world domination has only intensified over the millennia. Striding the Far East with unimaginable supernatural powers, the Emperor Mummy will rouse his legion as an unstoppable, otherworldly force...unless the O'Connells can stop him first.