The third installment in the Mummy franchise takes archaeologist Rick O’Connell to China, pitting him against an emperor from the 2,000-year-old Han dynasty who’s returned from the dead to pursue a quest for world domination.
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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon EmperorDirected byRob Cohen
While there was no way a journeyman director like Rob Cohen was ever going to summon the Hollywood classicism of a true believer like Stephen Sommers, "Dragon Emperor" is better than it has any right to be. The action setpieces come fast and plentiful, Mario Bello is a perfectly suitable replacement as Evelyn, and it'd be difficult for me to outright hate any movie with martial arts-practicing abominable snowmen.
Refreshing to leave Egypt for China and favorite fighter babe Michelle Yeoh is a nice new addition for this film. It is the first film that actually gives the action more time to breathe so it is then sad that the script is the worst of the trilogy and Maria Bello is a major disappointment replacing Weisz as she never looks or sounds like the original character. Better to go to a museum and watch a real mummy.
I really loved watching The Mummy & The Mummy Returns over and over again in my childhood. So, I watched this one for old times' sake and was disappointed. Perhaps it is because I am not a child anymore, or the movie is just awful.