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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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Chu Wah
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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 are 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

Budget:

$145,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,457,770, 3 August 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$102,491,776, 25 September 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$401,128,639, 8 March 2009
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2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Almost all of the technical crew from the Montreal filming location had custom made dog-tags with either "Foundation Soldier" or "Terracotta Warrior" and their names. The whole crew decided to do so after documentary filmmaker Todd Matthew Grossman and a few other crew members had some done for fun. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the movie, General Ming was ripped to pieces by horses after having been chained by both arms and legs (the scene cuts away before any actual dismemberment). While it may seem that he would have lost a minimum of three limbs in the process, he is shown later with only one arm missing. However, if one looks at historical accounts of similar executions, horses alone were often insufficient to complete the dismemberment. For examples, see Robert-François Damiens or Túpac Amaru II. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: [narrating] Long ago, a mythic battle between good and evil played out in ancient China. The country was torn by civil war, with many kingdoms struggling for land and power. But one king had a ruthless ambition to make himself emperor by the sword.
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Crazy Credits

The Universal Studios logo doesn't stop as normal, instead the title fades out from the revolving globe and the camera begins zooming in over the Atlantic Ocean and hovers over China as an on-screen graphic is shown displaying the separate feudal states of China around 350 BC, each labeled in Chinese characters. The dividing lines disappear and then the Chinese characters all merge together into two characters that then change to the English word: CHINA. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: The Mummy's Curse (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

The Flower Duet
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Written by Léo Delibes
Performed by Joan Sutherland
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Terrible cash in by all involved.
17 July 2008 | by 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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