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TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR has fun, exciting action sequences. The special effects are pretty good. The dialogue is a little corny at times, however, and the characters need more development. Regrettably, the movie’s worldview is too mixed. It features some redemptive, morally uplifting content, but there is some foul language, pagan mythology and magic, including magical curses and other mystical content. Thus, MOVIEGUIDE® advises strong caution for family audiences. Despite the mummy references, the movie is more of an action fantasy, not a horror movie.
(PaPa, O, C, BB, LL, VV, S, N, A, M) Mystical, slightly mixed pagan worldview with pagan magic about curses, magical power and resurrecting the dead, including a woman is called a witch, with some redemptive and sacrificial allegorical elements reflecting biblical truth, including slaying a villain who can transform himself into an evil dragon and other beasts, plus family unites to combine forces with immortal female guardians in order to destroy villain and his evil army and including references to gaining immortality via a magical pool of water in the fabled Shangri-La, character makes sacrifice to stop villain, and father steps in the way of a bullet aimed for his son; 14 obscenities and two light profanities; lots of action violence and some scary violence involving creatures such as evil dragon and friendly abominable snowmen, or Yeti, but nothing extremely bloody or gory, includes extensive chase scene between carriage and motor vehicle, fighting, martial arts, sword fighting, gun battles, army fires arrows, people on fire, explosions, people dragged, leaping and falling, woman raises army of the dead from skeletons but they are good guys, masses of Chinese terra cotta soldiers brought to life, quick shot of human decapitation, terra cotta soldiers disintegrated in various ways, etc.; implied fornication and passionate kissing in bedroom scene set in Ancient China; upper male nudity; alcohol use; no smoking; and, betrayal.
The third MUMMY movie in Universal’s revised action-adventure series, TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR, is a bit more family friendly than the first two. There are still some elements, however, that require caution.
The movie opens in Ancient China, where a woman (Michelle Yeoh), Zi Yuan, uses a magical curse to stop the evil Han Emperor (Jet Li) from acquiring the key to immortality. After the emperor murders her beloved, she turns him and his army to dried mud.
Cut to 1946, where explorer Rick O-Connell (Brendan Fraser) and his wife, Evelyn (Maria Bello), are bored with their retirement in England. They don’t know it, but their son, Alex (Luke Ford), has skipped out of college to find the tomb of the Han Emperor.
At that moment, Rick and Evelyn accept a mission from the government to return a large jewel, known as the Eye of Shangri-La, to China. Little do they know that an evil general named Yang wants to use the jewel to awaken the Han Emperor so they can conquer the world with the Emperor’s magical knowledge.
Rick, Evelyn and Alex join forces with Zi Yuan’s immortal daughter, Lin (Isabella Leong). They must stop the Emperor from drinking from the waters of the Pool of Shangri-La high in the Himalayas and gaining immortality and more power. Even then, they can kill the Emperor with a cursed dagger created by Lin’s mother, but getting past his resurrected army of mud soldiers presents a major obstacle.
TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR has fun, exciting action sequences. The special effects are pretty good. The dialogue is a little corny at times, however, and the characters could use more development.
Regrettably, the movie’s worldview is too mixed. It features some redemptive, morally uplifting content, but there is some foul language, pagan mythology and magic, including magical curses and other mystical content (see our CONTENT section for more details). Thus, MOVIEGUIDE® advises strong caution for family audiences. Despite the mummy references, the movie is an action fantasy, not a horror movie.
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