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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)

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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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Emperor
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Zi Yuan
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Lin
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General Yang (as Chau Sang Anthony Wong)
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Ming Guo
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Maguire
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Choi
Tian Liang ...
Li Zhou
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Chu Wah
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Assassin (as Wu Jing)
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Storyline

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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Box Office

Budget:

$145,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£4,434,650 (UK) (8 August 2008)

Gross:

$102,176,165 (USA) (19 September 2008)
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Rachel Weisz does not appear in the third installment of The Mummy films, and instead her character, Evy, is played by Maria Bello. There are differing accounts as to why this happened: according to director, Rob Cohen, it was because Weisz refused to portray someone with a 21 year old son, but according to Weisz herself, it was because she did not want to be away from her own son for five months whilst shooting in China. An additional reason was that Weisz simply did not like the script. See more »

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Before the Himalayan fight scene, when Rick and Alex are comparing weapons, Rick pulls out a Colt 1873 Single Action Army. He refers to this gun as "The Peacekeeper." The correct term is "The Peacemaker." See more »

Quotes

Evelyn O'Connell: I'm sorry we haven't been properly introduced. Who are you exactly?
Lin: My name is Lin. My family has watched over the Emperors tomb for centuries. The Emperor cannot be killed unless he is stabbed through the heart with this.
[draws dagger]
Lin: My mother put a curse on it long ago.
Evelyn O'Connell: [nods, smiling] . Mmm-hmm.
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Featured in Shameful Sequels: The Mummy 3 (2013) See more »

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Written and Produced by Bruce Fowler
Performed by Vince Giordano and His Nighthawks Orchestra
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Terrible cash in by all involved.
17 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was able to see this film about a month ago in a preview screening and to put it in kind words, its terrible. Jet Li is about the only good thing about the film but he's hardly in it. Brendan Fraser was phoning in his performance and looked if he was waiting from a call from his agent to get him out of the movie. Maria Bello looked goofy and miscast and the actor who plays their son makes Hayden Christensen from the Star Wars films look like an Oscar winner. John Hannah manages to bring some laughs to the table but his stick is not as fresh as it was before and Michelle Yeoh does not really do much with her role. This movie lacks the creepiness of the first two Mummy movies and the stone warriors of this movie don't hold a candle to the ghouls of the first two films at all. Not to mention the fact that the visual effects in this film look even worse than the second film(The Mummy Returns). The film itself seemed toned down in the fun and thrills department and just feels tired in certain scenes not to mention the dialogue, which seems like it was written by a five year old. This film seemed like a quick payday from all involved and sadly with the little effort spent in giving the audience something to root for and care for, its just feels like no one even cared about what they were making.


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