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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
Rick and Evelyn O'Connell and their full-grown son are back in this third installment of the Mummy movie series. This time, they travel to the Himalayas and the forbidden tombs in China where they...  View more >

Starring Brendan Fraser, Maria Bello, Jet Li...  View more >

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Aug 4, 2008
It just wasn't all that good. Weak story and at times boring I hope there is not another one coming, let the mummy die.
Aug 6, 2008
I give "The Mummy :Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" a mild recommedition because the month of August is here and we are going to get a lot of bad movies. By the time the month of August half the movies in theatres will be unwatchable. and for that, I'm saying yes to the third Mummy installement. In Mummy three, Brendan Fraser andf family go to China to battle another Mummy. I didn't care much about the acting, but I love the special effects. Good enough for a mild yes vote. Now you got a choice for exciting adventure between "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" or "the Dark Knight." Choose wisely.
Aug 12, 2008
Wow. Really bad.

Lame plot. Boring acting. No character development. Kindergarten humor - and not much of it.

We weren't expecting much at all - just light summer entertainment. But we were really stunned at the level of stupid. At one point during the movie we started giggling and couldn't stop (I think it was right after the Monday-night-football watching cat-faced yetis appeared to save the heroes from the "bad soldiers"). Nothing funny had happened - the plot was just so bad it was hilarious. We thought about walking out early to catch another movie. I haven't even considered leaving mid-movie since seeing War of the Roses 20 years ago (and that wasn't a bad movie - just too violent for me as a young teenager).

I think a 10-11 year old would probably enjoy this movie. It had some mild humor I think they'd find funny. Like Yak puke.

It's obvious why Rachel Weisz bowed out of the cast this time. "Problems with the script" is a severe understatement.

Even the special effects weren't redeeming. At a couple of points the cameras swirled around so much you couldn't tell what was going on at all. And this is during a chase scene on the streets.

Even if you get a free dinner with this movie, or free tickets to see it, I'd have to say DON'T BOTHER. It's a big waste of time. Not even worth the rental (and I haven't said that about a movie ever!).
Aug 20, 2008
Aug 30, 2008
too much action, not enough plot, too many bony characters
Feb 16, 2009
I really enjoyed the first two movies in this series, and I even enjoyed the Scorpion King spinoff to its own extent.

This movie, however, lacked the energy of the first two movies and as with most sequels, it got too convoluted with too many characters muddying up the water. While it was good to see Brendan Fraser and John Hannah back in their roles, Rachel Weisz was sorely missed. I really like Maria Bello as an actress, but she was wrong for the part, and she just seemed uncomfortable in the role and especially in the accent she was using.

While I liked the idea of the terra cotta warriors and the emperor expanding on the whole mummy theme (how many times can you resurrect the same mummy before audiences no longer care, after all), the introduction of the yetis went too far, in my opinion.

Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh were drastically underused, as their storyline was more interesting than anything else going on. If this movie had taken the spin-off route of the Scorpion King and concentrated on their story with Alex O'Connell, Lin, and Jonathan playing the connecting strands, I think it would have been a better movie.

This movie is worth renting, but not worth buying. If you have a nostalgic desire for the first two movies, rent those instead. I think you'll be happier. It's not that "Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" is bad, it's just not that good, either.

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