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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

Director:Rob Cohen
Cast:Brendan Fraser, Jet Li, Maria Bello, John Hannah, Michelle Yeoh, Russell Wong, Liam Cunningham, Luke Ford, Isabella Leong
Release Date:1942
Genre:Action, Horror, Suspense, Fantasy, Adventure

By G. Brian Davis | Posted 8/6/2008

There are essentially two types of bad movies: self-serious flops, and genre pictures that acknowledge their own stupidity while laughing all the way to the bank. The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor is one of the latter, with its campy dialogue, overuse of CGI, and Brendan Fraser, who clearly graduated from the Keanu Reeves School of Acting. Its premise is simple: The long-dead Emperor Han (Jet Li) wakes up to cause a ruckus, and the O'Connell family sets out to prevent him from raising his ceramic army to conquer the world. There are fun romps along the way, notably a snowy battle featuring some of the coolest yetis since, well, those beef jerky commercials. Most striking about the plot, however, is how closely it mimics another action sequel this summer, Hellboy II, though without Guillermo del Toro's stylish touches. It may or may not be meaningful to note that this third installment was directed by Rob Cohen (of Fast and Furious fame), rather than franchise creator (and the marginally more talented) Stephen Sommers. But all you really need to know about Mummy III is that it is neither better nor worse than it appears, which is pretty bad, but many guns fire and many objects explode, and sometimes that's enough.

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