The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor is a 2008 American action-adventure fantasy film and is the third and final installment in the Mummy trilogy. The film stars Brendan Fraser, Jet Li, Maria Bello, John Hannah, Luke Ford, and Michelle Yeoh.
The film was directed by Rob Cohen, written by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, and produced by Stephen Sommers, Bob Ducsay, Sean Daniel, and James Jacks. The film is set in China, departing from the previous Egyptian setting.
In 1946, Alex O'Connell, Rick and Evelyn O'Connell's son went to visit China with a precious relic, which is capable of resurrecting people back from the dead, Alex O'Connell discovers an ancient tomb and accidentally resurrects a mummy, and he battles the mummy of the First Emperor of Qin, a shape-shifting entity cursed by a witch centuries ago.
Why It Sucks
- Incredibly horrible concept. Even though China actually did have mummies, the movie tried to make Chinese mummies the same as Egyptian mummies, and worst of all, the changing from an Egyptian setting to a Chinese setting doesn't make any sense at all.
- Maria Bello is a poor replacement for Rachel Weisz (who refused to return due to a combination of wanting to spend time with her son, and hating the script after reading it) as Evy. She tries her best, but really can't nail down an English accent, and doesn't feel at all like the same character.
- Horrible acting from Luke Ford.
- Terrible CGI effects.
- Generic and forgettable soundtrack.
- Weak story that feels like a pale imitation of the second film.
- Jet Li doesn't appear in it that much, with his character being entirely shown through CGI until the last third of the film.
- The film keeps giving the Dragon Emperor all sorts of additional powers in each new scene, but also throws in some pretty weird limitations on his abilities, somehow making him seem ridiculously overpowered and ridiculously weak at the same time.
- This film blatantly rips off plot points from both Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (the son needing to save his wounded father by using a liquid which can grant eternal youth) and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (the main hero handing over the reigns to a wayward grown-up son). The latter came out the same year as this film.
- It severely lacks the horror genre from the last two films.
The Only Redeeming Quality
- Brendan Fraser is in it, and he is still a likable character from the first two movies.
- There was originally gonna be a fourth movie for the franchise set in Peru, The Mummy: Rise of the Aztecs, according to actress Maria Bello, who agreed to star in it. However, because of the third film's poor reception, it was cancelled and rebooted nine years later.