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

The Mummy - The Tomb of the Dragon EmperorOh no, here comes The Mummy – let’s all walk away a bit faster…

With yet another rejuvenation now threatened for The Mummy (with Total Recall (2012) director Len Wiseman set to helm for a summer 2014 release) a quick look back at the final installment of the previous sand-shifting shenanigans franchise.

With its original director Stephen Sommers being quickly replaced by Rob Cohen (XXX (2002), The Fast and the Furious (2001)), and Rachel Weisz not returning to reprise her Evelyn O’Connell role from the first two Mummy films, it was fair to say that the omens did not look too good for the third installment, particularly as it was released in the US on the back of Spielberg’s latest Indy flick, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) which, while bloody awful, had obviously already taken mega-millions.

Brendon Fraser was back as Rick O’Connell and Maria Bello took on Weisz’s role, and had trained hard for the part (to make her “a bad-ass action chick”, in the star’s words), learning wushu (a martial-art), some kick-boxing, sword-fighting and rifle training.

Our hero is forced into mortal combat against the resurrected Han Emperor (Jet Li) in a story that moves from the catacombs of ancient China high into the Himalayas. Rick and Evelyn are also joined by son Alex (Luke Ford) and Evelyn’s brother, Jonathan (John Hannah) – the O’Connells must stop Han Emperor’s mummy, awoken from a 2,000-year-old curse, who threatens to plunge the world into his merciless, unending service…

It did feature much action, special effects and beautiful scenery, thanks to its on-location China shoot, but it really wasn’t any good, with bad writing, poor acting and plot holes. But hey! The next franchise might be better, right? Hmmm.

114 mins.

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