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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)
Starring: Brendan Fraser, Maria Bello, Jet Li, Luke Ford, Michelle
Director: Rob Cohen
U.S. Opening Date: August 1st, 2008
Jet Li plays a despotic Emperor in 50 B.C. whose evil
is punished by a terrible curse laid on him by wizardress Michelle Yeoh:
he and his army are turned into to terra cotta for all time; that is,
unless he is re-awakened which, of course, is where the O'Connells come
back into it.
The story moves to the year 1946. When we find them,
Rick (Brendan Fraser) and Evelyn (Maria Bello) are retired to Oxfordshire,
England, having been spies for the British during World War II. They are
bored silly and welcome the offer of "one last mission" from the Foreign
Office. Their assignment: courier a precious artefact back to the museum
in Shanghai, China from which it was stolen.
Back to Asia: China is in turmoil but Jonathan (John
Hannah) owns an Egyptian-themed bar in Shanghai. Unbeknownst to his
parents, now grown-up Alex O'Connell (Luke Ford) is following in the
family business as a young archaeologist on a dig in north-central China.
He makes the discovery of a lifetime: the tomb of the Dragon Emperor,
which has been buried for millennia. A beautiful assassin (Isabella Leong)
tries to kill him to keep the location secret but Alex prevails. The
Emperor's monument is transported back to Shanghai where another plot is
in motion: military zealot Anthony Wong intends to awaken the Emperor and
aid him in the re-conquest of China and the raising of his terra cotta
army of ten thousand clay warriors.
The family is reunited and high adventure ensues: crash
landings, treks thru the Himalayas, Yeti, avalanches, Shangri-la,
three-headed dragons, pools of eternal life, epic battles, a
shape-shifting Jet Li...
How can it be a Mummy movie if there is no mummy in it?
Anyway, the first flick was kinda brainless fun but the second flick OD’ed
on excessive CGI and stupid plotting (in one particularly hilarious scene
Brendan Fraser literally outran the early morning sun!). Will Mummy 3 be
any better? Who knows? But the odds are pretty good that Mummy 3 will
probably be overshadowed by the fourth Indiana
Jones movie being released earlier in 2008 . . .
- Rachel Weisz announced that she will not be reprising
her role of Evelyn due to different interests with the screenplay. Later
on, Maria Bello was announced to replace her.