Emperor Han (Jet Li) is a great leader who wants to live forever. The Emperor consults with a nice witch (Michelle Yeoh) and learns the secret. Unfortunately for the Witch, the Emperor treats her lover very badly. She retaliates and curses the Emperor and turns his army into terracotta mummies.
Approximately four thousand years later, Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser) and his wife, Evie (Maria Bello - replacing Rachel Weisz from the previous two **Mummy** movies) are mourning their glory days of Mummy slaying. Their son, Alex (Luke Ford) uncovers the Tomb of Emperor Han and falls to prey to a sinister conspiracy involving the resurrection of Emperor Hand. Fortunately for Alex, Mommy and Daddy arrive to save the day.
Mainstream critics have not been too kind to **The Mummy Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.** Essentially it is the same movie as **The Mummy** and **The Mummy Returns,** only this time the location has changed from the Middle East. This new Mummy movie Asian myths and legends. The Rick O'Connell Team visit Shangri La and encounter the race of Yetis who protect the secret of the Himalayas.
**The Mummy Tomb of the Dragon Emperor** is not to be more than lightweight entertainment. As the new Evie, Maria Bello masters the British accent and her introduction provides a clever "in-joke" about her character. Brandon Fraser seems goofier as Rick O'Connell ages. In the first **Mummy** movie, O'Connell was a mere soldier of fortune, in this movie seems to have entered the Nick Charles stage of his life, minus the alcohol.
Director Rob Cohen missed some opportunities with this motion pictures. The action sequences are not very clear and the punchlines are not set up very well. The casting of Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh will sell tickets to the Asian market, but their skills are not truly utilized. Cohen does set up the Jet Li-Michelle Yeoh showdown during the film's climax.
**The Mummy Tomb of the Dragon Emperor** has probably peaked at the box office, the fan base welcomed this new **Mummy** movie with a 42 million dollar opening weekend. However, given the wonder and awe of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremonies on free television, don't expect this Dragon Emperor to have a long life at the box office.