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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.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

1 August 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Mummy 3  »

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Box Office


$145,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Did You Know?


Brendan Fraser, who plays Rick, was born in 1968. Maria Bello who plays Evelyn, was born in 1967. Luke Ford, who plays their son Alex, was born in 1981, making him 13 years younger than Fraser and 14 years younger than Bello. See more »


At the beginning of the movie, the Dragon Emperor is shown planning his campaign on a model of China which has the Great Wall portrayed on it, even though the Dragon Emperor himself built the wall AFTER the campaign. See more »


[from trailer]
Jonathan Carnahan: [to Rick] You guys are like mummy magnets!
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References The Mummy (1999) See more »


Take Me Out To The Ball Game
Written by Albert von Tilzer & Jack Norworth
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User Reviews

This Mummy should have stayed in his crypt.
1 July 2008 | by (East Longmeadow,MA) – See all my reviews

I was able to catch this movie at a test screening in California while i was on vacation and its not much of a film. Its the same story as the previous ones and most of the stuff in the movie were taken from them as well. I love Brendan Fraser but he didn't look happy to be there and with how the story was set up, you can't blame him for looking miserable. He has no chemistry with Maria Bello, who was just awful (She's no Rachel Weisz, that's for damn sure.) and he has even less chemistry with his own son played by Luke Ford, who has the charisma and the charm of a brick, not to mention the fact that he looks just as old as both Fraser and Bello. Fraser has more chemistry with John Hannah, who is a welcome distraction from the lousiness of the film. The movie itself is just a flat headed mess of bad visual effects with no soul. Jet Li lacks the menacing presence of Arnold Vosloo from the previous films but that problem is more than less on the shoulders of the director, who was in my opinion more concern with the style of the film than any substance it could have had and because of that, Jet Li and most of the cast got the short end of the stick and it shows.

They should have ended it with the second film but instead, we have a movie that manages to make even "The Scorpion King" look as good as Iron Man.

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