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Lame Mummy saga is Dragon on and on...

PUBLISHED: 17:46 06 August 2008 | UPDATED: 17:10 16 August 2010

WHAT A DRAG: Maria Bello and Brendan Fraser star in the latest installment of the tiresome Mummy series, Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.

WHAT A DRAG: Maria Bello and Brendan Fraser star in the latest installment of the tiresome Mummy series, Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.

JUST weeks after the flop of the new Indiana Jones film, Brendan Fraser and his band of toffee-nosed archaeologists return with another deeply unsatisfying chunk of Indy-lite.

THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR

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JUST weeks after the flop of the new Indiana Jones film, Brendan Fraser and his band of toffee-nosed archaeologists return with another deeply unsatisfying chunk of

Indy-lite.

It's 1946, and Rick and Evelyn O'Connell (Brendan Fraser and Maria Bello) are finding it difficult adjusting to life in the slow lane having put their adventuring past behind them.

Thank goodness then that the government come calling with a mission to deliver the Eye of Shangri-La to the Chinese government in Shanghai.

Elsewhere in China, the O'Connells' son Alex (Luke Ford) has recently uncovered the tomb of the evil Emperor Han (Jet Li) - a powerful warlord who was cursed by a witch (Michelle Yeoh) he killed in a quest for immortality.

The three are reunited when a nasty Chinese general (Anthony Wong) turns up and attempts to revive the Dragon Emperor and his soldiers.

Performances by all three leads are as lifeless as the mummies in the British Museum and, barring a mountain top duel between Li and Yeoh, the action set-pieces are similarly

uninspiring. As with the others in the series, the screen is filled with CGI meanies, but their design and animation - like the rest of the film - is subpar and derivative. With this latest effort bringing the total number of turkeys in the franchise to three out of three, one would hope that the mummy remains buried this time. Sadly, it's more likely there will be a sequel next summer featuring a reanimated Arabian stallion called The Mummy: Flogging a Dead Horse.

* The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor opens in cinemas on August 8.

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