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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor 2008

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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1. They recasted the wife.
2. They recasted the son (Trying to pass it off that he was older)
3. Obligatory love interest is obligatory.
4. Brendan Fraser has not aged a single day, despite the plot apparently attempting to assert it.
5. "Here we go again" remark.
6. The new actress who pays Evelyn tries too hard to replicate the acting style of Rachel Weisz, this is both embarrassing and insulting to both actresses.
7. This movie should hold the world record for "Destroying the most careers".
8. This movie exists, and is therefore official canon to what was originally a great series; because the actors were changed it is highly doubtful that we will ever see the original cast return for another movie.

this one was very good.hope to see a mummy 4 film.jet lee is a martial artist at his best.


I previewed this movie recently, and I was extremely disappointed, had I paid to see this, I would ask for my money back. If you must see it, save your money, wait to rent it. Simply put, the story line was boring, predictable. The action scenes were minimal and with little creativity. The general acting was lacking, and the chemistry between characters. . .well there wasn't any. Additionally, some of the scenes are just outright ridiculous making you ask yourself "what were they thinking?"

The characters are supposed to be nearly 15 years older than the previous Mummy Returns, however Evelyn and Rick now look younger, and the same age as their 20-something year old son. They've replaced Rachel Weisz's character (Evelyn), they have removed the steady sidekick Ardeth Bay (Oded Fehr), and their son who had an english accent in Mummy Returns miraculously now has a southern accent. This all adds up to a pitiful finally to a fairly successful trilogy. And yet I am still asking myself. . .how can you turn a movie that stars Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh a flop?

I will give you this, if you did not see the 1st or 2nd Mummy, then you may enjoy this. It has all brainless entertainment, simple plot line, that gets you from scene to scene without any actual involvement.

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, the third and hopefully the last film in the Mummy franchise that began nine years, is, like its predecessor, a theme park ride masquerading as a film, spectacle (or rather an attempt at spectacle) at the expense of story, CGI at the expense of human characters or emotional depths, and worst of all, incredibly tedious from the first shot, predictably set in ancient China, to the closing credits nearly two hours later. Directed by Rob Cohen (Stealth, The Fast and the Furious, xXx, Daylight, Dragonheart, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story), The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor is, sadly, the worst kind of summer blockbuster: empty, meaningless, shallow, and, ultimately, forgettable. Oh and right: no mummies, just a warrior-king, a Terra Cotta Army, and an undead army.

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor reunites Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser), his wife, Evelyn (Maria Bello, subbing for an absent Rachel Weisz), their now grown son, Alex (Luke Ford), and Evelyn's brother, Jonathan Carnahan (John Hannah). Alex, an archeologist and adventurer like his father, is in China on a dig, when he inadvertently awakens an ancient, mystically powered warrior-king, Han (Jet Li), the Dragon Emperor of the title. With the help of a Chinese general, Yang (Anthony Wong Chau-Sang) and Han's Terra Cotta Army, Han hopes to regain the power he lost two thousand years ago and become immortal. Only the O'Connell clan, Lin (Isabella Leong), a mysterious young woman, and Han's long-dead enemies, buried under the Great Wall of China, stand between Han and his plans for world domination.

Alfred Gough and Miles Millar's (Smallville) screenplay for The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor relies on the character interactions and verbal humor that made the first two films in the series commercial hits. Frequently putting the characters in jeopardy via effects-heavy action scenes, regardless of how realistic that jeopardy, also contributed to the commercial success of the first and second Mummy films. The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor is just more of the same: the verbal humor misses more than it hits, the characters have grown tired and stale, and shifting the focus to a new location and a new character, the bland, unengaging Alex (presumably so he can carry appear in more Mummy sequels as the lead) fails to capture the giddiness and excitement of the earlier films.

Cohen desperately tries to liven up The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor by injecting one or two bits of martial arts mayhem and fails, if not quite miserably, then close enough to miserable to warrant using "miserable" to describe his efforts (or lack thereof) here. Given Cohen's previous experience with blockbuster-style films, it's surprising that the visual effects look unpolished and the action scenes look uninspired. Following the path of least resistance, Cohen relies repeatedly on sweeping aerial shots of vast, video-game, CGI armies in combat to give The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor the epic scale and awe synonymous with big-screen spectacles. Unfortunately, you can pretty much forget about experiencing any wonder and awe when it comes to The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.

As for Jet Li, he should have learned a lesson about participating in yet another kid-friendly, English-language international co-production (The Forbidden Kingdom was, arguably, his first). While another big paycheck must have been difficult to turn down, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor only diminishes Li's reputation among his fans here and abroad. Then again, at this point in his career, Li wants to appeal to the widest demographic possible (i.e., young and old, male and female). Brendan Fraser, of course, has been more than happy to lend his name and acting talents to family-oriented films, regardless of quality, for the better part of a decade beginning, more or less, with the first Mummy film nine years ago and on through to Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D (released several weeks ago to mixed reviews and mediocre box office returns). Expect The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor to reach the same level of "success."
This third movie sucks.

There's a lot of special effects that one cannot help but think that this is a movie to showcase NOT the story, but CGI. And anyone knows that if the story is used to showcase special effects, and not the other way around, it would sanitize the audience with boredom.

The dialogue is horrendous. Although it is understandable that this movie is not supposed to appeal to our analytical mindset, the least the writers could have done is to come up with witty dialogue similar to the Indiana Jones films, which were an obvious inspirational template for the Mummy series, Iron Man, or Superman the Movie.

It is a shock, really, that the same screenplay writers of Spider-Man 2, an excellent film, would screw up a movie so badly. Now what's this movie going to do with their reputation?

a big budget popcorn movie. Skimpy on substance but big on action
This movie was very disappointing. It was a poorly written story. I did not like the Alex O'Connell character. The love interest was whiny. Most disapointing was Jet Li's lack of Jet Li. Why put him in the movie if he wasn't going to be a bad ass martial art butt kicking mummy. I feel..... cheated.
Very standard Mummy movie. The plot is out of this world (who ever knew *that* was how the Terracotta Warriors were created?!), the acting was over the top, and the action was fun. Definitely go into this movie with ZERO expectations and you should enjoy yourself.

Oh yeah, the final few lines in the movie were pretty atrocious. :P But I enjoyed the movie overall.
Ok, so I'm going to start out by saying that I adore the Mummy and have seen the movie at least 100 times...I feel that starting a review with that will let the readers know that while I might be biased towards the film, I'm also 100 times more critical than the average viewer/critic.

While this movie isn't great, it should be viewed with the idea in mind that it is a comedic parody of all the other more serious adventure/action movies...I enjoyed many parts to this film, and I caught myself laughing out loud more than a few times due to the nature of the ridiculousness.

Rachel Weisz was smart to get out while she did, but at the same time, I feel that if she was back in this third one, it would have been a lot better. Maria Bello killed anything that Eevee had going for her, and even her relationship with Rick felt forced and staged. The actor who played the older Alex and the actress who played his Asian love interest were horrible actors. Given I have seen the other movies so many times, I was able to tell the changes in writing styles, and even the choice words in the dialogue were ridiculous.

Brendan Fraser was his over-the-top self once again, and while this might not be everyone's cup of tea, I enjoyed it thoroughly. John Hannah was brilliant as well, his comedic timing turned some of the worst writing into cute situations.

But now, I'm going to spoil the worst part of the movie for I stand under my mystical archway of greatness...


Yes. Seriously. Yetis come to help them. I felt that this was unnecessary and stupid. In none of the other movies were there ever ridiculous creatures that were not related to Imhotep and his powers in some way...but in this one, we're supposed to believe that yetis actually exist? I think not.

I enjoyed the little things of this movie. Keep an eye out for one of Imhotep's guards amongst the masses of clay soldiers...great homage to the first. I missed the original soundtrack that was found in the first two, and there was definitely a void where Oded Fehr's character of Ardeth Bay used to be. The little asian girl that helped them SUCKED.

SOOO yeah, from one obsessed Mummy fan to...whoever reads this, go into it with an open mind and it won't be so bad. Just forget about the stupid Yetis. UGH.

This movie was terrible, but as a Brendan Fraser fan I'll give it a 6/10 which is a passing grade of a D in my book
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