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2008-08-01 18:00:22

By Hallie Woodward Archaeological adventurers Rick and Evelyn O'Connell are home at their estate. Rick is rambling around to pass the time. Evelyn is trying to write another book on the subject of mummies, but she's suffering from writer's block. Fortunately, before total boredom sets in during "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor," the duo is distracted by a foreign government's call. Together, they are to deliver the "Eye of Shangri- La," a magnificent diamond, to China....

2008-08-01 15:00:34

By Rick Bentley, The Fresno Bee, Calif. Aug. 1--The third offering in the "Mummy" series, "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor," is the kind of fast-moving, mummy-butt-kicking action that is so much fun to watch in the summer. It's light entertainment. It just could have been better. The action takes place in 1946. Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser) and his wife, Evelyn, have settled into a life of stuffy retirement. The role of Rick's spunky better half has been taken over by Maria...

2008-08-01 12:00:47

By Michael Sragow, The Baltimore Sun Aug. 1--(C-) Three yetis, a yak and a couple of yuks. That's all you get in the way of original entertainment in The Mummy: The Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, an extravagant and frenetic third entry in the franchise about adventurer Rick O'Connell ( Brendan Fraser) and his continuing fights with the embalmed yet undead. It's like an Indiana Jones movie without rhythm, wit or personality, just a desperate, headlong pace. It does have a sense of the...

2008-08-01 06:00:29

The movie: "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" When: Opening Friday at local theaters The cast: \u25C0 Brendan Fraser, Maria Bello, John Hannah, Russell Wong, Michelle Yeoh The director: Rob Cohen The story: Globe-trotting Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser), his archaeologist wife Evelyn (Maria Bello, replacing Rachel Weisz), their now-grown son Alex (Luke Ford) and Evy's bumbling brother Jonathan (John Hannah) head to China to take on a resurrected Chinese emperor (martial arts whiz...

2008-08-01 06:00:29

By Soren Andersen, The News Tribune, Tacoma, Wash. Aug. 1--In a movie about ancient mysteries, about mystic spells that can reanimate the dead, about mythic creatures conjured to roaring, snarling life, the greatest mystery of "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" is this: How does a picture so obviously expensive wind up looking so cheesy and cheap? You can bet the people who made the movie spent a ton of dough on technical experts and all the other accouterments of modern-day...

2008-08-01 06:00:29

By Craig D. Lindsey, The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C. Aug. 1--In a summer that has been filled with movies and sequels nobody asked for (I'm sure many Americans are still wondering where that "X-Files" movie came from), "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" appears to be high atop the list. Heck, the last "Mummy" sequel -- that one with the big-screen debut of The Rock -- came out so long ago, I forgot it existed and thought this was the sequel to the original. Still, since...

2008-08-01 03:00:22

By Mal Vincent, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Aug. 1--Show me the Mummy! It seems a reasonable request. Yet, amid the outrageous excess that characterizes the modern sequel, we get more mumbo jumbo than mummy here. Visually, this third edition has all that computers and huge Chinese sets can produce. Lots to see, but none of it is even remotely involving or dangerous. We need danger. And, while you're at it, give us back Rachel Weisz, the fetching, feisty British rose who...

2008-08-01 03:00:22

By Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Aug. 1--The actor who comes off best in "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" is the one who opted out: Rachel Weisz. Everyone else flounders in the incompetently directed third "Mummy" movie, and poor Maria Bello, who steps into Weisz's role as the adventure-loving wife of heroic Brendan Fraser, fares the worst. Director Rob Cohen allowed her to play her role at an energy level about 50 percent peppier than everyone else's, so she sounds...

2008-07-31 21:00:26

By Stephanie Schomer We probably could have done without this resurrection. "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor," the third installment in the franchise, may satisfy your need to see Brendan Fraser once again crush the corpses of evil rulers and their soldiers, but the movie is too aspirational, too showy, and has lost most of the charm that caused moviegoers to fall in love with the first two films. Let's be honest: The first two "Mummy" movies offered little more than fun,...

2008-07-31 18:00:33

By Lawrence Toppman, The Charlotte Observer, N.C. Jul. 31--It's barely possible that "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" is a colossal in-joke, a spoof of all the adventure movies that have drab actors, laughable computer-generated effects, a threadbare plot, continuity lapses and one-liners that repeatedly fall flat. But I'm afraid it just stinks. Surely Rob Cohen, who directed an enjoyable film as recently as 1996 ("Dragonheart"), knows muck when he rolls a camera crew...


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