The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

Theatrical Release: August 1, 2008
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor


The blockbuster global Mummy franchise takes a spellbinding turn as the action shifts to Asia for the next chapter in the adventure series, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. Brendan Fraser returns as explorer Rick O’Connell to combat the resurrected Han Emperor (Jet Li) in an epic that races from the catacombs of ancient China high into the frigid Himalayas. Rick is joined in this all-new adventure by son Alex (newcomer Luke Ford), wife Evelyn (Maria Bello) and her brother, Jonathan (John Hannah). And this time, the O’Connells must stop a mummy awoken from a 2,000-year-old curse who threatens to plunge the world into his merciless, unending service.

Doomed by a double-crossing sorceress (Michelle Yeoh) to spend eternity in suspended animation, China’s ruthless Dragon Emperor and his 10,000 warriors have lain forgotten for eons, entombed in clay as a vast, silent terra cotta army. But when dashing adventurer Alex O’Connell is tricked into awakening the ruler from eternal slumber, the reckless young archaeologist must seek the help of the only people who know more than he does about taking down the undead: his parents.

As the monarch roars back to life, our hero finds his quest for world domination has only intensified over the millennia. Striding the Far East with unimaginable supernatural powers, the Emperor Mummy will rouse his legion as an unstoppable, otherworldly force…unless the O’Connells can stop him first. Now, in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, the trademark thrills and visually spectacular action of the Mummy series will be redefined for a new generation.

Dove Review

There’s plenty of action in this film for those who enjoy their movies moving along at the speed of light. And yet it slows down long enough here and there to concentrate on the troubles brewing between explorer Rick O’Connell (Brendan Fraser) and his son Alex, played by Luke Ford. Alex is a chip off the old block, which means he is headstrong and stubborn just like his father. Wife and mother Evelyn (Maria Bello) helps keep them communicating, if only a little at times. The story opens in England in 1946.

When the Dragon Emperor is released from his tomb his goal in raising his mummy army to take control of the world seems to be a real possibility. With the help of some Yettie’s, and an unlikely source, a witch, who is in love with the Emperor’s enemy, General Ming, the action swings into high gear.

Unfortunately, the violence is a bit over the edge for Dove to award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to the picture as a family-friendly film. This is an intense film which also includes an implied sexual scene between an unmarried couple. Also please note below in our content listing under “Other” that there is strong sorcery displayed in the film.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Kissing by a few couples. implied sex between unmarried couple; a few innuendos.
Language: H-4; SOB-2; D-2; B-2; G/OMG-2; A-6
Violence: Several stabbings and killings; a little blood with some; a knife thrown and hits character; a man gets a fishing hook caught in neck; arrows hit characters in back; a character's finger is pricked and bleeds; many soldiers and other characters shot and killed; a character is shot in the back of head; a mummy army fights; a character dies after being set on fire.
Drugs: Drinking and smoking at nightclub.
Nudity: Woman in negligee; dancers in short skirts; a nude statue reveals a woman's rear; cleavage.
Other: There is a witch in the story and she places a spell although she is seen as a good character; the talk of magic; a key leads to mystical magic; sorcery is used; a character vomits.


Company: Universal Pictures
Writer: Alfred Gough and Miles Millar
Director: Rob Cohen
Producer: Sean Daniel
Genre: Action
Runtime: 113 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter