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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Fantasy  |  1 August 2008 (USA)
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In the Far East, Alex O'Connell, the son of famed mummy fighters Rick and Evy O'Connell, unearths the mummy of the first Emperor of Qin -- a shape-shifting entity cursed by a witch centuries ago.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Zi Yuan
General Yang (as Chau Sang Anthony Wong)
Ming Guo
Jessey Meng ...
Tian Liang ...
Li Zhou
Chu Wah


Centuries ago, the evil Emperor Han was cursed by the sorceress Zi Yuan who transformed him and his army into mummies. In 1946, the explorer Rick O'Connell and his wife Evelyn O'Connell are invited by the British government to take a relic, the diamond "The Eye of Shangri-La" to China. The ancient stone is capable of resurrecting the Emperor Han and of pointing the way to Shangri-La and the eternal pool of life. When the couple reaches China, they meet their son Alex O'Connell, who has discovered the tomb of Han, and Evelyn's brother Jonathan Carnahan. The O'Connells are betrayed by their friend Prof. Roger Wilson, who is associated with General Yang. Yang wants to serve Emperor Han, so he resurrects the mummy and they head for Shangri-La. The guardian of Han's tomb (and Zi's daughter) Lin tells them that the only ways to destroy Han is to prevent him from reaching Shangri-La or by stabbing his heart with a cursed dagger. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A New Evil Awakens.

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Rated PG-13 for adventure action and violence | See all certifications »

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1 August 2008 (USA)  »

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$145,000,000 (estimated)

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$40,457,770 (USA) (1 August 2008)


$102,176,165 (USA) (19 September 2008)

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Did You Know?


This marks the Hollywood debut for Chinese martial arts sensation Wu Jing (Jing Wu), who has a cameo as one of the assassins having a brief but furious battle with fellow Wu Shu expert Jet Li at the beginning of the film. See more »


When Evelyn discovers the bullet in the trout, she pulls it out of her mouth. In the next shot of the left side of her face, she pulls the bullet out again. However, given Rick's personality, it is quite possible that he shot it twice. See more »


Jonathan Carnahan: [during a chase scene] Where's Rick?
Evelyn O'Connell: Where do you think?
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My Sweet Eternal Love
Lyrics by Rob Cohen
Music by Randy Edelman
Performed by Helen Feng
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User Reviews

Curse of the trilogy
2 August 2008 | by (St. Louis) – See all my reviews

Like so many great movies that became dragged-out trilogies, the newest Mummy falls right in. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely loved the first movie. But like so many sequels, this story line becomes repetitive. The first rule of sequels is to keep the cast. Rachel and Brendan and an amazing chemistry, but Maria Bello was abysmal as the new Evelyn. Her fake British accent and melodramatic acting was inexcusable. The sets looked like they were built by 3rd graders, the effects were overwhelming, the scenes were disjointed and the cheesy one-liners got old fast. Sure, Brendan Fraser still looks hot in a tux, but he still looks 35 even though his son is in his young 20s. Overall, I was terribly disappointed. I wouldn't even bother seeing it in theaters...and please tell me this series is finally over.

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