The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008) Movie Review


The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)

2008 | PG-13 | Horror, Thriller, Action, Fantasy, Adventure
112 minutes /

User Score: 56/100

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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Review


In the Far East, Alex O'Connell, the son of famed mummy fighters Rick and Evy O'Connell, unearths the mummy of the first Emperor of Qin -- a shape-shifting entity cursed by a witch centuries ago.

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008) is a 1h 52-min PG-13 American action-adventure fantasy film that was the third/final installment in the Mummy trilogy/franchise. The movie had an estimated budget of $145 million and grossed over $401 million at the box office. Director Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious (2001)Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993)) did a fabulous job executing the film, but it was not his best work. The movie had the potential of being something better, but the director fell short upon executing the film correctly, or maybe the writer fell short from not giving enough details. The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor is filled with mysticism, Indiana Jones style heroes, adventure, Chinese legends and a journey for world domination.

Alex O’Connell (Luke Ford - Animal Kingdom (2010), The Black Balloon (2008), Red Dog (2011)), his wife, Evelyn, their son Rick and archaeology professor Roger Wilson discovered the Emperor’s tomb in 1946. A mysterious woman attacked them, but they managed to bring the coffin to Shanghai. The British government gave the Alex, Evelyn and Rick (Brendan Fraser - The Mummy (1999), The Mummy Returns (2001), Bedazzled (2000)) the Eye of Shangri-La to take back to China. Alex, Rick, and Evelyn (Maria Bello - Prisoners (2013), A History of Violence (2005), Secret Window (2004), Payback (1999)) found out that Professor Roger works for a General Yang. General Yang wants the Eye which he will use to resurrect an ancient Emperor and use the Elixir of Life contained in the Eye to give the Emperor an immortal life. The family sets off on a journey that is filled with actions and beautiful sceneries.

Families will enjoy watching this film together because the horror elements are mild and the kids might even enjoy the werewolf looking Yeti creatures. Hardcore horror fans will most likely be disappointed upon watching this film without children because everything was mild and there was no intense scene to have you anticipating the next scene. There were some new creatures that made appearances in this film, but the Yeti-like creature showed us what they are capable of by kicking some bottoms. The action scenes were amusing, and that is mainly because of the impossible feats and interactions. The music and score were fantastic as it flowed well with the action scenes and everything else.

About The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor 2008

Title: The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
Original Title: The Mummy 3, The Mummy 3: Curse of the Dragon, Untitled Rick O'Connell Adventure
Year: 2008
Runtime: 112 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Action, Fantasy, Adventure
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.75/5 stars from 9 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 9
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Maria Bello, Paul Wu, Fernando Chien, Liam Cunningham, Brendan Fraser, Vic Armstrong, Albert Kwan, Darryl Quon, John Hannah, Freda Foh Shen, Scott Taylor, Michael Scherer, Mike Ching, Alex Chiang, Brian Ho, James Bradford, Michelle Yeoh, Russell Wong, David Calder, Jessey Meng, James Mark, Regis Attiow, Tian Liang, Tony Wai, Jacky Wu, Yungstun Wu, Binghua Wei, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Xiang Guangxu, Jing Guo
Writers: Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, John L. Balderston, Stephen Sommers
Director: Rob Cohen

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