Published Jul 31, 2008This third Mummy film follows the pattern of the first couple by taking a real thing (the Terracotta Army of "First Emperor Qin, the ancient ruler of China who began construction on the Great Wall, among other things) and creating a hilarious and fantastical mummy appropriate story around it.
Apparently, the power-hungry Emperor wanted to become immortal but when he double-crossed the sexy witch (Michelle Yeoh) who was helping him, she cursed him and his army for eternity, turning them to terracotta and leaving them underground to rot. That is, until a hotshot young archaeologist/maverick named Alex OConnell (newcomer Luke Ford) digs em up and threatens to bring the Emperors terrifying reign upon the world once more.
Rick OConnell (the lovable Brendan Fraser) and his wife Evelyn (played by Maria Bello, whose English accent doesnt really compare to predecessor Rachel Weiszs) are retired but when their adventurer son gets into a royal mess in old Shanghai, the daring duo are off to the races once again to save him, the world and everything else.
When the now unearthed Emperor is roused by a neer-do-well General, our heroes have to stop him from awakening his army and plunging the world into darkness. With the help of Evelyns brother Jonathan (John Hannah) and a mysterious (but pretty) ninja named Lin (Isabella Leong), who turns out to be the witchs daughter, the ragtag group of misfits have to travel to Shangri La (you heard me, Shangri friggin La!) to make things right.
Oh yeah, Jet Li plays the Emperor and he and Michelle Yeoh have a dramatic swordfight or two.
Theres romance! Theres danger! There are three yetis and a dragon. Theres a terracotta horse chase sequence featuring a carriage full of fireworks. I mean, sure, its not a "great film but theres nothing you could possibly want from the third instalment in the Mummy franchise that this film doesnt deliver.
My only quibble is that a terracotta Emperor is not, technically speaking, a "mummy, regardless of how many times everyone refers to him as one. (Universal)