| The Mummy returns again in the third installment, entitled "Tomb of the Dragon Emperor." Brendan Fraser returns as Rick O’Connell, the trouble-seeking mummy hunter, or should I say former mummy hunter. Rick has now “retired” to a relaxed life with his wife Evelyn (Maria Bello). Both spend their days filling time with dull events, Evelyn, unable to write any new tales, is out promoting her novels of her mummy experience. Rick takes on the task of trying to fish. Both claim to be retired, but are approached to help return a precious jewel to China. You would think a retired couple would decline this offer, but they immediately jump on board and head overseas.
Upon their arrival to China, they are reunited with Jonathan Carnahan (John Hannah) and, much to their dismay, their son Alex (Luke Ford). The parents are angered to learn their son, who they believed to be in school, has been in China unearthing the mummy of the first Emperor of Qin. Even though his parents are angered by Alex’s lies, they are proud to learn of his discovery. When his parents go to see the stone-like Emperor they find danger awaits them. An army wants to wake the Emperor from the curse that turned him to stone thousands of years ago. The jewel that the O’Connell’s have is just what they need to free him. Following a long squabble, Emperor Han (Jet Li) is awakened.
Let the chase begin. The O’Connell’s and Jonathan begin their hunt for the revengeful Emperor, joining forces with Zi Juan (Michelle Yeoh), a mystery woman set on keeping the Emperor cursed. The Emperor must find the water or eternal life to fully awake himself and his army. Searching for this place of eternity does not come easy. The group must trek through the Himalayan Mountains and are faced with firearm battle, explosions and avalanches. With all the threats against them, can the O’Connell’s survive and put a stop to another mummy?
This is a new kind of mummy, however, new is not always better. Martial arts fighting and a few of the special effects were good, but the overall show was a mess. Brendan Fraser had a humorous performance and at times seemed detached from his role. Maria Bello stepped in nicely to take over the role of Evelyn. Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh added a new mix to this mummy, but both lacked in screen time and would have been deserving of more. The film had limited dialogue and felt disconnected from the previous two mummies. If you are looking for mixed martial arts with a little magic thrown in, then this is the film for you. Otherwise, let me say I hope this Mummy is a wrap.
Review By: Jolene Mendez