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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brendan Fraser ... Rick O'Connell
Jet Li ... Emperor
Maria Bello ... Evelyn O'Connell
John Hannah ... Jonathan Carnahan
Michelle Yeoh ... Zi Yuan
Luke Ford ... Alex O'Connell
Isabella Leong ... Lin
Anthony Chau-Sang Wong ... General Yang (as Chau Sang Anthony Wong)
Russell Wong ... Ming Guo
Liam Cunningham ... Maguire
David Calder ... Roger Wilson
Jessey Meng Jessey Meng ... Choi
Tian Liang ... Li Zhou
Albert Kwan ... Chu Wah
Jing Wu ... Assassin
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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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The Adventure of a Thousand Lifetimes. See more »


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

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English | Mandarin | Sanskrit

Release Date:

1 August 2008 (USA) See more »

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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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Trivia

The name of the night club owned by Jonathan is Imhotep's. Imhotep is the name of the mummy in the first two "The Mummy" movies. See more »

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In the museum scene, Choi grabs Evie and wraps her arm around Evie's neck. Evie gets away. In the next shot, Choi's arm is around Evie's neck again. See more »

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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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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 »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Jonah Hill/Mariah Carey (2008) See more »

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My Sweet Eternal Love
Lyrics by Rob Cohen
Music by Randy Edelman
Performed by Helen Feng
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Sadly disappointing
4 August 2008 | by Smells_Like_CheeseSee all my reviews

I do have a question, what ever happened to the slow walking lame Egyptian mummies? I mean, as silly as they are, they're still entertaining. Now we have The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, I loved The Mummy, The Mummy Returns, it was watchable, but this one was just an excuse to make some quick cash. I was actually looking forward to seeing this movie, I got the opportunity to see it today, I was excited, but unfortunately, we now have Chinese mummies that can do anything that will fit into the CGI budget. Another disappointment was the recasting of Evelyn, I know Rachel Weisz turned this script down, but she was seriously needed, Maria Bella, who is a decent actress, actually made Evie a very flat character and not as enjoyable. Then not only that, but we have Brendan and Maria who do look incredibly good for their age, they have a 20 year old son in the movie? This story was a waste of time and money.

The Emperor of China wanted to rule the entire world, but when a Chinese witch curses him and his army, he is put to sleep for thousands of years. Rick and Evie are now retired and have lost the spark in their relationship, but when they are asked to go to Shanghai to deliver a small little ball, they bump into their son who has discovered the Emperor. Rick and Evie are forced to wake the mummy by his followers. Now the whole family with Jonathan and the protector who was supposed to keep the emperor from rising, must destroy the Emperor or he will take over the entire world.

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor has some OK moments, I loved the beginning story and the ending battle scene is held pretty strong, it's worth the look for that, but I would say this is more of a rental. It's just a sad disappointment, considering how much better it could have been. The one liners were too cheesy and we have three headed dragons, karate kicking abdominal snow men, why not just go all the way and have leprechauns with machine guns? That's how out of control the CGI effects are. Luke Ford makes Brandon Fraiser look like Marlon Brando with his acting and the love story between him and the protector girl was useless. Like I said, wait for the rental, not the worst movie of this year, but a huge let down for sure.

5/10


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