THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON
D: Rob Cohen
Universal/Relativity Media (Sean Daniel, James Jacks, Bob
Ducsay & Stephen Sommers)
W: Alfred Gough & Miles Millar [based on characters
created by Stephen Sommers, Lloyd Fonvielle & Kevin Jarre]
DP: Simon Duggan
Ed: Joel Negron & Kelly Matsumoto
Mus: Randy Edelman
Brendan Fraser (Rick O'Connell), Maria Bello (Evelyn
O'Connell), Jet Li (The Dragon Emperor), John Hannah (Jonathan Carnahan), Russell Wong (Ming Guo), Liam Cunningham (Maguire), Luke Ford (Alex O'Connell), Isabella Leong (Lin), Michelle Yeoh (Zi
Indiana Jones-lite, following exactly the same formula from
the first two movies, except this is set in China rather than North Africa and replaces Rachel Weisz with a rather poor Maria Bello.
It also focuses much more on the son's character, presumably
to take over from Brendan Fraser after he leaves the franchise.
Like Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, it
simply doesn't measure up to the original. The CGI effects range from decent to absolutely atrocious and you get a feeling of deja vu when it comes to the action set pieces.
Still, I preferred this on an entertainment level to the quite
awful The Mummy Returns (qv).