Mummy - Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

Mummy - Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

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Director: Rob Cohen

Cast: Brendan Fraser, Maria Bello

     
 

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The Fast and the Furious director Rob Cohen continues the tale set into motion by director Stephen Sommers with this globe-trotting adventure that finds explorer Rick O'Connell and son attempting to thwart a resurrected emperor's (Jet LiSee more details below

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The Fast and the Furious director Rob Cohen continues the tale set into motion by director Stephen Sommers with this globe-trotting adventure that finds explorer Rick O'Connell and son attempting to thwart a resurrected emperor's (Jet Li) plan to enslave the entire human race. It's been 2,000 years since China's merciless Emperor Han and his formidable army were entombed in terra cotta clay by a double-dealing sorceress (Michelle Yeoh), but now, after centuries in suspended animation, an ancient curse is about to be broken. Thanks to his childhood adventures alongside father Rick (Brendan Fraser) and mother Evelyn (Maria Bello), dashing young archeologist Alex O'Connell (Luke Ford) is more than familiar with the power of the supernatural. After he is tricked into awakening the dreaded emperor from his eternal slumber, however, the frightened young adventurer is forced to seek out the wisdom of his parents -- both of whom have had their fair share of experience battling the legions of the undead. Should the fierce monarch prove capable of awakening his powerful terra cotta army, his diabolical plan for world domination will finally be set into motion. Of course, the one factor that this emperor mummy failed to consider while solidifying his power-mad plans was the O'Connells, and before this battle is over, the monstrous monarch will be forced to contend with the one family that isn't frightened by a few rickety reanimated corpses.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
The lighthearted, FX-laden Mummy franchise continues in this flawed yet breezy installment that stays true to the series' mix of humor, expensive eye candy, and wild action spectacle. Much is new in this third outing, as can be seen in its locale (China), its villain (Jet Li), as well as a 20-year old grown-up son character (Luke Ford) and two new leading ladies (Maria Bello and Michelle Yeoh) -- never mind a different helmer at the wheel (Rob Cohen). The changes affect the film dramatically, from the director who's a bit uncomfortable with camp sensibilities to the others who strive to find their own footing in a vehicle not designed for their strengths. The end result is a bit underwhelming, but it's not as if the series was high art to begin with. While not as fresh as the first film -- and nowhere near as gonzo as the second -- Tomb of the Dragon Emperor at least strives to continue the vibe that its predecessors created. As far as audience reactions go, much will depend on what kind of expectations and critical eye viewers bring with them when they see it. If there is one thing that is for sure, though -- like it or not, the Mummy series is back. Right off the bat, this isn't the film that it could be. It's true that the eagerly awaited Jet Li/Michelle Yeoh face-off is a waste of both their talents. One would think that they would be able to come up with something dynamic to hand the viewers, yet it seems that Cohen was more interested in their name rather than their skills. As far as the actual shooting of the scenes, the flick suffers thanks to its reliance on fast cutting and closely cropped framing, thereby giving much of the action an incoherent feel. Acting-wise, while it's refreshing to see Maria Bello getting to play a fun character for once, the talented actress does deserve a bit of drumming for her over-the-top English accent and not-so-sparkling chemistry with her mate. Additionally, her onscreen son, newcomer Luke Ford, seems a bit lost within the confines of the picture -- a thankless spot to be in given how much of a stretch it is to accept him as the son of the still-youthful Brendan Fraser. As far as the series' man goes, the actor still has the power to elevate even the weakest material, thanks to his deft comic timing and the unpredictable quirks he injects into even the most throwaway lines. Yet with all of the critiques on the table, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor still manages to entertain. With its strokes of broad humor and a relatively light tone throughout, the film should certainly appeal to courteous moviegoers looking for fun. Special-effects-wise, the razzle-dazzle factor is certainly there, even if some of the bigger CG creatures aren't given quite enough screen time to fully satisfy -- or provide solid comprehension, for that matter. In a way, there's a certain charm to the shoddy nature of the series. Take this installment's fantastical addition to the series' roster of monsters -- namely, the yetis! Cheese-ball in every way, the big furry blokes would surely go down as an arguable source of contention if the film took itself even vaguely seriously -- which it does not. Plus, this could be the first time that the Yeti nation has been given subtitled dialogue, which might just be the dividing line for those ready to buy into this extremely silly exercise in fluff.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/16/2008
UPC:
0025195015936
Original Release:
2008
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:52:00
Sales rank:
26,511

Special Features

Deleted and extended scenes; Feature commentary with director Rob Cohen

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brendan Fraser Rick O'Connell
Jet Li Emperor,Emperor Han
Maria Bello Evelyn O'Connell
John Hannah Jonathan Carnahan
Michelle Yeoh Zi Yuan
Luke Ford Alex O'Connell
Anthony Wong General Yang
Isabella Leong Lin
Liam Cunningham Maguire
David Calder Roger Wilson
Russell Wong Ming Guo
Anthony Wong Chau-Sang General Yang
Jessey Meng Choi
Liang Tian Li Zhou
Albert Kwan Chu Wah

Technical Credits
Rob Cohen Director
Chris Brigham Executive Producer
Mario Chabot Set Decoration/Design
Sean Daniel Producer
Bob Ducsay Producer
Simon Duggan Cinematographer
Randy Edelman Score Composer
Jean-Francois Gadoury Set Decoration/Design
Martin Gagne Set Decoration/Design
David Gaucher Art Director
Alfred Gough Screenwriter
Sanja Milkovic Hays Costumes/Costume Designer
Viorel Indries Set Decoration/Design
James Jacks Producer
Huang Jianxin Executive Producer
Brent Lambert Set Decoration/Design
Celine Lampron Set Decoration/Design
Jacky Lavoie Production Manager
Nicholas Lepage Art Director
Louis Marion Sound/Sound Designer
Kelly Matsumoto Editor
Miles Millar Screenwriter
Joel Negron Editor
Billy Shun Choi Ngai Production Manager
Jean-Pierre Paquet Art Director
Lucie Paquet Set Decoration/Design
Josette Perrotta Co-producer
Nigel Phelps Production Designer
Guy Pigeon Set Decoration/Design
Réal Proulx Art Director
Lei Qin Co-producer
Stephen Sommers Producer
Bruce Stambler Sound/Sound Designer
Alex Touikan Set Decoration/Design
Lucie Tremblay Set Decoration/Design
Doris Tse Co-producer
Ren Zhonglun Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
1. Search for Immortality [5:22]
2. Cursed by the Wizard [4:27]
3. Retired Life [4:23]
4. Like Father, Like Son [4:57]
5. Finding the Tomb [5:19]
6. One Last Assignment [6:23]
7. Bringing Order [4:32]
8. Rise of the Emperor [6:45]
9. Happy New Year [6:01]
10. Family Meeting [4:08]
11. Not My Type [5:01]
12. Defending the Gateway [5:11]
13. Atop the Golden Tower [7:11]
14. Shangri-La [6:01]
15. Reaching the Pool [5:06]
16. Awaken the Army [4:32]
17. Prepare for Battle [8:21]
18. Divide and Conquer [5:58]
19. The Next Adventure [1:34]
20. End Titles [10:18]

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