Parents' Guide to

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Violent action sequel should've stayed buried.

Movie PG-13 2008 119 minutes
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age 11+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 14+

No estoy de acuerdo con la calificación de Common Sense indicando que no hay nada de sexo o desnudez. Hay varias imágenes con insinuaciones. Nada grave pero no para niños pequeños desde luego. Es erróneo lo que indica Commonsense. Me fié de eso y me arrepentí.

age 13+

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8):
Kids say (16):

The first two Mummy movies were far from action masterpieces, but when you compare them to THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR, they seem like Oscar contenders. Without director Stephen Sommers at the helm and Weisz playing Evie, the new movie lacks the central chemistry that made the first two films charmingly bearable. Although it's always a pleasure to see Li and Michelle Yeoh (who plays a witch who cursed the emperor and his army to their stone tombs) show off their considerable martial arts skills, the action sequences are cribbed from parts of The Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean (note to action directors: undead skeleton armies are officially passe).

Although the battle scenes are what most moviegoers crave, that's no excuse for sloppy dialogue and poor acting. Why young newcomer Ford thinks a pseudo-Bronx accent peppered with his native Aussie cadences is what the son of a rich American and his educated English wife would sound like is rather misguided and continuously annoying. Fraser, meanwhile, who's proved that he's adept at more than a popcorn blockbuster, phones in a performance so blah that it's hard to believe his character was likable in the first two films. There's no doubt that this movie will attract young audiences desperate for more high-decibel, CGI-heavy violence, but it would've been so much better had this particular Mummy not been unearthed.

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