Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, The (2008, USA/GER) C-112m. SCOPE ** D: Rob Cohen. Starring Brendan Fraser, Jet Li, Maria Bello, John Hannah, Michelle Yeoh, Luke Ford, Anthony Wong, Isabella Leong, Liam Cunningham, David Calder, Russell Wong. Fairly entertaining sequel to the 1999 and 2001 MUMMY films bring Fraser and his wife back from retirement to deliver a gem stone to China, where their son has discovered the tomb of the dragon emperor. Needless to say, the villain gets resurrected and heads for Shangri-La to claim his superpowers. Fast-paced, with exotic locations and excellent effects. Too bad the plot is only second-rate.

© Ron Altman