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Hollywood's blockbuster trilogies

What is it about the number three?

While we've seen our share of fine film series that stop with a sequel -- Tarantino's Kill Bill comes to mind -- most great multi-part stories take it to the next level, the mythical trilogy.

With the third instalment The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor coming up for an August 1 release, we take a look back at the top 10 trilogies of all time.

But first, 1999's The Mummy and its subsequent follow-ups.

Brandon Fraser plays the adventurous Rick O'Connell, an explorer, who leads a group of archaeologists into Egypt. There, they discover and accidentally resurrect the mummified body of Imhotep, an Egyptian priest cursed for falling in love with the Pharoah's mistress. Much chaos ensues.

Much like the original, the sequel, 2001's The Mummy Returns was marked by amazing visual effects and spending shooting locations.

The third instalment, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, introduces a Far Eastern element into the storyline, and features Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh.

Additionally, The Scorpion King, which featured the wrestler-turned-actor The Rock, was a prequel and a spin-off from the two films.

Some have called it a modern Indiana Jones; that's a bit much. But there is no denying the fun, breezy aspect of the films, and the great sense of adventure they inspire.

Text: Matthew Schneeberger

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