This third in the series of Mummy movies featuring Brendon Frasier is set in China. Ages ago, an evil emperor (Jet Li) was cursed by a woman he believed could give him eternal life so that he could carry out all of his plans. The curse turns the emperor and his minions into stone. Fast forward a few centuries to the 1930s where we find Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser) and his wife Evelyn (Maria Bello) being asked by the British government to take a famous jewel to China as a sign of good faith. Unbeknownst to them, the jewel is actually the key to the emperor's immortality. Meanwhile, the son of our intrepid couple, Alex (Luke Ford), has been out doing the archaeology thing and has discovered the emperor's tomb. From there... well, from there you can pretty much guess the rest - except for the yeti.
The critics were right. This film pales in comparison to the first two installments. It's all epic CGI battles, chase scenes, and little time spent on characters or plot. Like everyone else, I missed seeing Rachel Weisz play Evie. I'm also a fan of John Hannah, Evie's brother who now owns a bar in China called "Imhotep's", but he's largely wasted here. You can see him at his best in the British TV series "McCallum" and "New Street Law". Still, I enjoy Brendan Frasier and the movie has just enough spirit to keep you caring about the outcome.
Rainbo Electronic Reviews published this review in our December, 2008 issue.
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