The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

Rated 2.0

In a summer of good superhero movies, this third chapter in the Mummy adventures seems woefully out of place and a little too moronic. Brendan Fraser plays dad to Luke Ford, a guy who is only 12 years younger than him. This problem is compounded by the fact that Fraser acts and looks younger than his age. Maria Bello, sporting a decent English accent, takes over Rachel Weisz’s role, and that’s just weird. The family battles an ancient emperor (Jet Li) brought back to life by some super diamond or whatever-the-hell-it-is. Lots of arrows fly, lots of bullets are fired, and some abominable snowmen and dragons are thrown into the mix. The action is tiresome, the effects (especially the Yetis) are lame, and the performances are bad. Attempts at humor fall flat, and the likes of Li and Michelle Yeoh (as an immortal witch) are wasted. The Mummy movies have never been all that good, and so this fits right into the franchise.