With the power of Nietzsche, a barbarian-turned-warrior seeks revenge on those who killed his people.
I love it, but I'm biased because of this movie's significant influence on my early self.
Being "from back in the day", this movie is unashamedly-specific about its audience.
More recent sword-and-sorcery movies are watered-down to broaden their audience. Think The Lord of the Rings, which is a phenomenal movie in its own right, but its stark contrast has pushed movies like this one into a "classic" sub-genre. To fans of the recent movies, this one will seem crude.
For fans of the classic style, I'm confident in strongly recommending this. I think it stands out as good, and won't need to be considered "good, but only because of its historical significance".
It should be summarized as: A noble kingdom is taken by force, forcing a prince to flee and live a life that turns to adventure, to later return to contest for the throne.
However. However it's all over the place. It doesn't properly delve into any aspect, and doesn't properly string things together. It has all the elements of a good, or at least fair, movie, but it wasn't written well.
Seeking ancient Egyptian treasure Chinese artifacts, archaeologists unleash a curse that threatens the world. Only this time it's about an ancient warlord's cursed terracotta army.
Decently follows in the footsteps of the previous two movies, though replacing Rachel Weisz with Maria Bello is a terrible distraction. Anyone who likes the other two movies ought to like this one reasonably well. I think this is worth watching once or twice, but certainly hasn't enough soul for collection like the first movie.
Properly titled The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
A bounty hunter from an extinct tribe is hired to undermine the power of an evil king, but the woman he is meant to kill is hot, and complicates things.
As long as it is taken for what it is, it will be entertaining. It is an action movie through and through, and must not be taken as having much of a link to a historical past. It's not serious, and not meant to be. It's packed with action, has a reasonable story and its lead character is spectacular.
Visions of a past life lead a woman to an ancient treasure, but it is also sought by others to both raise the dead and an army.
While it would be unfair to say this movie stinks, it's not great. The computer graphics used in it are uncanny and intrusive. It has action for action's sake, and where a light bubblegum movie is what it is, this movie lays it on intentionally thick, making it aggravating. Fans of its predecessor, The Mummy - (1999 movie), will find the feelings instilled by it are not reproduced in this sequel. It is an obvious money-grab.
The Scorpion King - (2002 movie) is meant to trick you into thinking it's a character-prequel of this movie. You'll regret that. Blank your mind of this terrible movie, before watching The Scorpion King.
So, basically speaking, after watching The Mummy Returns, don't continue with The Scorpion King as part of a movie series binge. These two movies are not in a series together.