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

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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)

2008 | PG-13 | Horror, Thriller, Action, Fantasy, Adventure
112 minutes / 1h 52min

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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Plot Synopsis:

Centuries ago, the evil Emperor Han was cursed by the sorceress Zi Yuan who transformed him and his army into mummies. In 1946, the explorer Rick O'Connell and his wife Evelyn O'Connell are invited by the British government to take a relic, the diamond "The Eye of Shangri-La" to China. The ancient stone is capable of resurrecting the Emperor Han and of pointing the way to Shangri-La and the eternal pool of life. When the couple reaches China, they meet their son Alex O'Connell, who has discovered the tomb of Han, and Evelyn's brother Jonathan Carnahan. The O'Connells are betrayed by their friend Prof. Roger Wilson, who is associated with General Yang. Yang wants to serve Emperor Han, so he resurrects the mummy and they head for Shangri-La. The guardian of Han's tomb (and Zi's daughter) Lin tells them that the only ways to destroy Han are to prevent him from reaching Shangri-La or by stabbing his heart with a cursed dagger.

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

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.

  • The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 6
  • Overall Score: 4.18
  • IMDB: 5.2
  • MetaCritic: 3.1
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 1.3

About The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor 2008

Title: The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
Year: 2008
Runtime: 112 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Action, Fantasy, Adventure
Reviewer: Score: 3 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 2.09/5 stars from 136,101 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 136,101 MPAA Rating: PG-13
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Cast Starring: Maria Bello, Fernando Chien, Liam Cunningham, Brendan Fraser, Paul Wu, Vic Armstrong, Albert Kwan, Darryl Quon, John Hannah, Michelle Yeoh, Freda Foh Shen, Scott Taylor, Michael Scherer, Mike Ching, Alex Chiang, Brian Ho, James Bradford, Russell Wong, David Calder, James Mark, Jacky Wu, Yungstun Wu, Binghua Wei, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Xiang Guangxu, Jing Guo, Cong-Quyen Lam, Alison Louder, Jing Wu, Marcia Nasatir
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Writers: Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, John L. Balderston
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Director: Rob Cohen
Box Office: $101,600,000
Production: Universal Pictures
Language: English, Mandarin, Sanskrit
Country: USA, Germany, China