The beauty of a sequel is that it is an opportunity to expand a previously existing narrative. The problem is that there are too many opportunities for it to fail.
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008) is the third film in The Mummy trilogy. Years after the events of The Mummy (1999) and The Mummy Returns (2001), the O’Connells are on a new adventure. Rick (Brendan Fraser) and Evelyn (Maria Bello, replacing Rachel Weisz) are on the trail of a new mummy. With their now-grown son Alex (Luke Ford), they locate the body of the Emperor of Qin (Jet Li). Centuries ago, this shape-shifting creature was cursed by a witch, Zi Yuan (Michelle Yoeh).
Once again, they must do everything they can to send him back to the netherworld.
I tried to go into this film with an open mind. The key word here is “tried”. After a few minutes, I had to turn it off. Whatever movie magic the previous movies had is non-existent in this one.
Do I recommend it? No.