Once again, the dead just can’t seem to stay dead long enough for Rick O’Connell (Brendan Fraser) to live a normal life and rest a bit. The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor is the third movie in the Mummy series. This time the mummies are, believe it or not, Chinese.
After 2000 years of being trapped as a clay statue in ancient Chinese catacombs, the Dragon Emperor (Jet Li) is resurrected along with his entire terra cotta army, and they don’t have anyone’s best interest at heart. So Rick, along with his now grown-up son Alex (Luke Ford), his wife Evelyn (Maria Bello) and her brother Jonathan (John Hannah)they must fight to put the dead back where they belong. They also get a little help from immortal sorceresses and 2000 year old army.
The Mummy Tomb of the Emperor is definitely not as good as the first two Mummy movies, but it is much better than most third movies in a series. Perhaps the reason for this is that the filmmakers did not try to do the same thing three times. Each Mummy DVD is completely different and offers you something new In this case it is the location. The film takes you from the depths of Chinese catacombs all the way to the peaks of the Himalayas where endless action and adventure take place.
I really enjoyed this film and was glad to see that it lived up to the two previous films. Of course, it’s also nice to see Brendan Frasier again; it would seem his career is like the mummies in this film; it always rises from the dead and surprises us again and again.
The Mummy Tomb of the Emperor is definitely a movie you are going to want to add to your DVD collection.