1.5 stars (PG-13)
Crappy sequel that plays like a direct-to-DVD flick. The special-effects-heavy action/adventure franchise shifts settings to Asia, with Brendan Fraser and sidekick John Hannah returning (why?) from the first two flicks to deal with a resurrected Emperor (Jet Li, wasted here). Maria Bello replaces Rachel Weisz (good thinking, Rachel) as Fraser's wife and Michelle Yeoh appears as a sorceress with a bad temper. Maybe she saw the movie. 114 minutes. DVD INFO: Serveral editions are available. The two-disc deluxe edition includes a digital copy of the film, a commentary track by director Rob Cohen, deleted and extended scenes, and numerous making-of featurettes.