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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
Brendan Fraser, Maria Bello, Luke Ford and Jet Li

Rated: PG-13 
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: August 1, 2008 Released by: Universal Studios, Inc.

It's been seven years since the second popular Mummy film and Brendan Fraser returns as Rick O'Connell, the suave archeologist/adventurer with a new evil enemy to fight.

The time has jumped forward to 1947 and Rick and his wife (played by Maria Bello, who replaces Rachel Weisz) are settled down to a boring life in their mansion. They have left the daring escapades to their college-aged son, Alex (Luke Ford - who looks about the same age as the youthful Fraser).

They're enticed out of retirement on a job for an encounter with an ancient Emperor who was killed centuries ago (Jet Li). The Emperor returns to reform his army and shake things up, and oh yeah, he's in a really bad mood !

The Emperor is a pretty impressive character. He had been burned to death so his skin is crusted over, and at times big chunks of his face crack and fall off, now we know why he's in a bad mood.

What's a Summer movie without tons of action and director Rob Cohen gives us plenty here.

It all begins with a fun chase down Shanghai streets, then it's off to snowy mountains with avalanches and giant abominable snowmen and ends with a desert battle between the Emperor's warriors and skeletons in various forms of decomposition; it's quite a site.

Fraser is a real charmer, who has just the right blend of heroic style and self-effacing humor and Bello is a lively addition, which is more than I can say about Ford, who seems totally unnecessary.

Both the violence and scary images make this Mummy inappropriate for young kids. So, take the older ones and enjoy the thousands of terra cotta warriors, the flying dragon, and the swashbuckling fun.

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