'The Mummy' franchise runs out of steam

The third film in The Mummy series opens in 200 BC with a brief history of the rise of the Dragon Emperor (Jet Li) and his defeat at the hands of wily sorceress Zi Yuan (Michelle Yeoh).

The third film in The Mummy series opens in 200 BC with a brief history of the rise of the Dragon Emperor (Jet Li) and his defeat at the hands of wily sorceress Zi Yuan (Michelle Yeoh).

Jumping forward to the mid-40s, archaeologist Alex O’Connell (Luke Ford) uncovers the terracotta statue of the emperor in his burial chamber and unwittingly unleashes the otherworldly ruler and his acolytes on an unsuspecting world.

With the fate of mankind hanging in the balance, Alex turns his gung-ho explorer father Rick (Brendan Fraser), feisty mother Evelyn (Maria Bello) and accident-prone uncle Jonathan (John Hannah) for help.

'The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor' gallops from the catacombs of China to the snow-laden peaks of the Himalayas, but while Rob Cohen’s film may be full of eastern promises, it doesn’t deliver on any of them.

Family/Action/Comedy

Rating:

**

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