The Mummy - Tomb of the Dragon Emperor parents guide

The Mummy - Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Parent Guide

If you and your teens come expecting nothing more than a "thrill ride," then this matinee-style popcorn cinema may suffice.

Overall B-

As if he didn't dig up enough trouble in the last two Mummy movies, Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser) is getting his hands dirty again! This time he's in China with his wife (Maria Bello) and son (Luke Ford), where a terra cotta army has been unearthed. When they accidentally awaken these clay warriors, their tyrannical Emperor (Jet Li) resumes his 2000 year-old quest to conquer the world.

Release date July 31, 2008

Violence C-
Sexual Content A-
Profanity B-
Substance Use B-

Why is The Mummy - Tomb of the Dragon Emperor rated PG-13? The MPAA rated The Mummy - Tomb of the Dragon Emperor PG-13 for adventure action and violence.

Run Time: 110 minutes

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Retirement for cinematic adventure heroes is rarely ever permanent. Approximately 13 “movie” years have passed (it’s been seven “real” years since the last Mummy came to theaters) since Rick O’Connell (Brendan Fraser) and his wife Evelyn (Maria Bello) went hunting for mummified personas. But when they are officially asked to escort a beautiful gold encased diamond being returned to the Chinese government, they can’t resist the appeal for assistance.

The trip is also a good excuse to visit with Evelyn’s brother Johnathan (John Hannah), a nightclub owner in China, and the couple’s son Alex (Luke Ford). Now an adult, the young man has followed in the footsteps of his parents and is presently hunting for ancient Chinese secrets amidst the ruins of the bloodthirsty ruler, Emperor Han. Too bad Alex wasn’t privy to the fifteen minutes of back-story shown at the beginning of this movie where he would have learned how the beautiful sorceress Zi Juan (Michelle Yeoh) placed Han (Jet Li) and his army of 10,000 under a spell.

However, the significance of Han’s ceramic sarcophagus is understood by General Yang (Anthony Wong Chau-Sang), a paramilitary leader who is convinced the O’Connell’s diamond, known as the Eye of Shangri-La, will bring the ancient warrior back to life. He’s also betting on getting the job as right-hand-man for the immortal sovereign who, with the aid of his unstoppable army, could rule the world. But before he begins his reign of terra cotta (...ahem) he must get past the O’Connell’s, who have a long history of stopping resurrected evil personages in their tracks (as seen in The Mummy and The Mummy Returns).

Grandiose landscapes along with exquisite interior sets and mega digital manipulations create a visual extravaganza that is indicative of the production’s reported $175 million budget. Unfortunately, the predictable script is a video-game-like road map of hero-centric conflicts leading to ever bigger and longer battles until a prolonged final act. The resulting aggression is the film’s really only major concern for parents considering bringing younger viewers.

Literally hundreds of digital terra cotta soldiers are satisfyingly smashed into pieces, along with an opposing army of skeletons. Often we see these figures with heads and arms missing or with arrows sticking through their “bodies.” In other scenes, frequent hand-to-hand combat is portrayed, as well as the use of knives, swords and other weapons—some minor depictions of blood accompany these altercations. Guns are another popular choice and many of the fantasy characters, along with a few human victims, are literally “blown away.” Then there are those who are crushed, bombed, and burned. Yet, the violence, while nearly continuous, stops short of explicit or gruesome.

Thankfully profanities are limited to a smattering of mild swear words and a couple of references to deity. Sexual content is confined to a scene of scantily clad nightclub dancers, a couple of jokes with veiled innuendos, and some romantic gestures between the O’Connells (a rare happily married movie couple).

Yes, it is intended to be matinee-style popcorn cinema, and if you and your teens come expecting nothing more than a “thrill ride,” you may leave satisfied.

Directed by Rob Cohen. Starring Brenden Fraser, Jet Li, Maria Bello, Luke Ford, Michelle Yeoh. Running time: 110 minutes. Theatrical release July 31, 2008. Updated

The Mummy - Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
Rating & Content Info

Why is The Mummy - Tomb of the Dragon Emperor rated PG-13? The Mummy - Tomb of the Dragon Emperor is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for adventure action and violence.

This story about a resurrected ancient Chinese warrior is nearly non-stop confrontation and violence, yet it falls short of including explicit and grotesque images. Many scenes portray humans in hand-to-hand combat using a variety of weapons, such as knives, swords and other devices. Guns are also involved with some human shootings and many digitally animated terra cotta soldiers and skeletons being blown apart by bullets. These creatures are depicted in various states of dismemberment (many are missing arms, legs or heads) and some are seen with arrows and swords sticking through their “bodies.” Sexual content includes a chorus line of scantily clad nightclub dancers, two instances of veiled verbal innuendo, and romantic talk between a married couple. Language is limited to a few mild profanities and terms of deity. Social drinking is depicted and one character quickly downs a drink after a stressful experience.

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In reality, Chinese peasants discovered an amazing terra cotta army in 1974. It was created for Emperor Qin and features over 8,000 soldiers, horses and chariots—all with individual features. For more information on what has become one of the world’s greatest archeological finds, visit this page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terracotta_Army

Home Video

The most recent home video release of The Mummy - Tomb of the Dragon Emperor movie is May 16, 2017. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: The Mummy Ultimate Trilogy
Release Date: May 16, 2017

Universal Studios releases The Mummy Ultimate Trilogy to home video (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital HD). The collection features, The Mummy, The Mummy Returns and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. Bonus extras include

Disc 1 - The Mummy (1999):
- Features High Dynamic Range (HDR) for Brighter, Deeper, More Lifelike Color
- Feature Commentary with Director Stephen Sommers and Editor Bob Ducsay
-  Feature Commentary with Actor Brendan Fraser
- Feature Commentary with actors Oded Fehr, Kevin J. O’Connor & Arnold Vosloo

Disc 2 - The Mummy Returns:
-  Features High Dynamic Range (HDR) for Brighter, Deeper, More Lifelike Color
- Feature Commentary with Director/Writer Stephen Sommers and Executive Producer/Editor Bob Ducsay

Disc 3 - The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor:
-  Features High Dynamic Range (HDR) for Brighter, Deeper, More Lifelike Color
-  Feature Commentary with Director Rob Cohen

Disc 4 - The Mummy (1999):
- Digital Copy of The Mummy (1999) (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)
- Deleted Scenes
- Feature Commentary with Director/Writer Stephen Sommers and Executive Producer/Editor Bob Ducsay
-  Feature Commentary with Actor Brendan Fraser
-  Feature Commentary with Actors Oded Fehr, Kevin J. O’Connor and Arnold Vosloo
-  The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Sneak Peek
-  Visual and Special Effects Formation
-  An Army to Rule the World Part 1
- Unraveling the Legacy of The Mummy
- Building a Better Mummy
-  Storyboard to Final Film Comparison
-  Photograph Montage
-  U-Control - Picture in Picture
-  BD-Live Enabled
-  My Scenes

Disc 5 - The Mummy Returns:
-  Digital Copy of The Mummy Returns (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)
-  Outtakes
- Feature Commentary with Director/Writer Stephen Sommers and Executive Producer/Editor Bob Ducsay
-  Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Sneak Peek
- An Army to Rule the World Part 2
-  Unraveling the Legacy of The Mummy
-  Visual and Special Effects Formation
- An Exclusive Conversation with The Rock
- Spotlight On Location
-  Storyboard to Final Film Comparison
- Live “Forever May Not Be Long Enough” Music Video
- U-Control - Picture in Picture
- BD-Live Enabled
-  My Scenes

Disc 6 - The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor:
-  Digital Copy of The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)
-  U-Control - Scene Explorer
-  BD-Live - My Scenes Sharing
- BD-Live - Exclusive Content
- U-Control - Know Your Mummy
- U-Control - The Dragon Emperor’s Challenge
- U-Control - Picture in Picture
- U-Control - Visual Commentary with Director Rob Cohen
- Deleted and Extended Scenes
- The Making of The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
- From City to Desert
- Legacy of the Terra Cotta
- Feature Commentary with Director Rob Cohen

 

Release Date: 16 December 2008

If you unearth The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor on DVD, you’ll find the following loot: an audio commentary with director Rob Cohen, deleted and extended scenes, and some making-of featurettes (From City to Desert, Legacy of the Terra Cotta, A Call to Action: The Casting Process, Preparing for Battle with Brendan Fraser and Jet Li, Crafting the Emperor Mummy and Creating New and Supernatural Worlds). As well, there is a digital copy of the movie. Audio tracks are available in DVS Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English) and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (French and Spanish), with subtitles in English, French and Spanish.

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor is releasing on Blu-ray too. This 2-disc set offers all of the above mentioned extras and a digital copy of the movie, plus some interactive features: My Scenes Sharing, Exclusive Content, Scene Explorer, Know Your Mummy, The Dragon Emperor’s Challenge, Picture in Picture and Visual Commentary with Director Rob Cohen. Audio tracks are available in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (English) and DTS 5.1 Surround (French and Spanish), with subtitles in English, French and Spanish.

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Brendan Fraser also starred in the prequels to this film, The Mummy and The Mummy Returns. An archeologist turns into an adventurer in the Indian Jones franchise too. Check out Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Temple of Doom, The Last Crusade and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (where the aging hero is paired with an younger sidekick).