“The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor” Synopsis

Brendan-Mummy-Dragon-SynopsisI’m one of those people who actually didn’t mind “The Mummy” movies. No, they weren’t anywhere near Indiana Jones quality, but for fun treasure and adventure movies I thought they held themselves alright. The second Mummy flick was a big step down (how terrible did that “The Rock” monster look at the end?) but still fun flicks worth catching at a matinee.

We’ve known for some time now that another Mummy film is heading our way, and apparently is now finished shooting. Director Rob Cohen has put out what he is calling the official synopsis of the film:

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 laid 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 heroes find 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.

For me personally, for this movie to work it needs to still have Brendan Fraser as the lead character and NOT play second fiddle to his son. Rick is the Indiana Jones of this franchise, and I really hope they don’t just use this film as a vehicle for launching and new series featuring his son. That’s fine if it’s a by-product of the film… I just hope they don’t make it the total purpose of it.

So your thoughts… will this next Mummy movie be any good?

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