Based on The Mummy franchise alone, it would be real easy to hate Brendan Fraser... but, damn if the dude isn't totally harmless and likeable. Polishing up the old Mummy chestnut, Fraser reprises his role as adventurer Rick O'Connell who must once again kill a crusty ancient mummy in order to avoid total world domination by evil bandage-wrapped forces.
In an as-of-yet-unheard-of move for the series, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor manages to wrangle up a "mummy" besides Imhotep: the ancient Chinese Emperor Han (Jet Li), whose basic lack of manners and total bent on world domination pisses off a powerful witch named Zi Juan (Michelle Yeoh). Zi Juan curses Han and his army to an undead existence of terra cotta imprisonment in a tomb for all of eternity... until the bumbling O'Connell family comes knocking. That annoying brat from The Mummy Returns is all grown up and adventuring on his own—the 18-year-old Alex O'Connell (Luke Ford), who is looking very much like his papa (ummm, literally—it's like they're the same age) uncovers Han's long-buried tomb.
What follows is two very long hours of CG wankery, wherein skeleton soldiers fight an obscene amount of clay warriors, while the actors try to look like they're epically involved in the blue-screen battle. The actors prove to be highly unsuccessful. But all is not completely lost in this stale popcorn flick—remember Tomb of the Dragon's secret weapons, AKA Michelle Yeoh and Jet Li, who prove that it's not such a bad idea to put lipstick on a pig. But even their great, albeit short-lived fight scene can't save the film from an overall feeling of "meh."
I mean, come on, Rachel Weisz didn't even stick around for the third film, instead we get the lackluster Maria Bello and some Abominable Snowmen who act as the O'Connell family's sherpas. In fact, those Yeti are kinda adorable with their kitten blue eyes and ability to fist pump victory signs. And much like Fraser, they sure are likeable, even when they're schlepping around in shit like The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.