The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Review, by Mike Barnard of FutureMovies

Rick O'Connell was essentially a bland version of Indiana Jones for the turn of the millennium. Back then, the lack of a Spielberg/Lucas movie for ten years and big-budget CGI were its main attractions -- it was easy to sell a popular imitation when the real thing was not forthcoming. This year we are being treated to both, and the third helping of The Mummy franchise looks to be lacking the careful consideration of Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull's lengthy pre-production schedule, probably in the hope it can piggyback off its more illustrious predecessor on the way to box office glory late in the summer. Should we retain some of our appetite for adventuring tomb raiders for August? It's quite hard to tell...


The action moves to the Far East for the Tomb of the Dragon Emperor where Rick (the returning Fraser) and his son Alex (Ford) dig up the mummy of the first Emperor of Qin (martial arts star Li) - a shape-shifting entity cursed centuries ago. Originally buried alongside 10,000 terra cotta soldiers, forces are in motion to bring him back from the dead in a re-conquest of China. Treks through the Himalayas, Yeti encounters, avalanches, three-headed dragons, pools of eternal life and epic battles will be ideal for mindless, end-of-summer fun.


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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

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