China fills in for Egypt in this leaden third installment of The Mummy series. Maria Bello takes over for Rachel Weisz as the author-wife of adventurer Brendan Fraser as they take on Jet Li’s mummified emperor. Along for the ride is their archeologist son – a sequel plot device that never works.

The Mummy series is intended as an action-packed, CGI-filled update of the Indiana Jones series’ takeoff on adventure serials, but this third installment is lacking in humor, levity or thrills.

Grade: D