The Scorpion King (2002)

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Critic Consensus: Action adventure doesn't get much cheesier than The Scorpion King.


Movie Info

The Rock has his first starring role in this prequel to The Mummy films, which was developed while The Mummy Returns was still in production. The film takes place in ancient times, when a mighty swordsman, Memnon (Steven Brand, making his film debut) ruled over nearly all the known world. Memnon, a brutal tyrant, defeats his enemies in battle with the help of a beautiful sorceress, Cassandra (Kelly Hu), who can predict the future. The last of the "free tribes" form a fragile alliance to fight … More

Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of action violence and some sensuality)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Stephen Sommers, William Osborne, David Hayter
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 1, 2002
Box Office: $90.3M
Runtime:
Universal Pictures - Official Site

Cast


as Cassandra

as Thorak

as King Pheron

as Queen Isis

as Chieftain

as Tribal Leader

as Third Akkadian

as Torturer

as Memnon Soldier

as Guard at Ant Pit

as Guard at Ant Pit

as Guard at Gomorroh Ga...

as Bazaar Barmaid

as Sword Merchant

as Bird Merchant

as Perfume Merchant

as Harlot

as Harlot

as Street Urchin

as Asian Training Maste...

as Asian Training Fight...

as Asian Training Fight...

as Soldier

as Harem Girl

as Harem Girl

as Harem Girl

as Boy at Well

as Doubting General

as Falconmaster

as Warrior Woman

as Warrier Woman

as Warrior Woman

as Warrior Woman

as Warrior Woman

as Warrior Woman

as Boy With Dates

as Vision Archer

as Night Gate Guard

as Courtesan

as Palace Guard

as Army Leader

as Barbarian Guard

as Barbarian Guard
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Critic Reviews for The Scorpion King

All Critics (156) | Top Critics (35)

Another grandiose, hyperactive crock, full of lame jokes and gorgeous, stupefying images.

Full Review… | July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

On the silly popcorn scale, it works pretty well.

Full Review… | December 29, 2010
Common Sense Media

Boasting sword-and-sandal action more sluggish than a Ye Olde Renaissance Faire, The Rock putting someone through a table would be a welcome anachronism. "The Scorpion King"? More like "Moron the Barbarian."

Full Review… | October 16, 2010
Suite101.com

Come for the cheese, stay for Kelly Hu.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

A ridiculous though not entirely unpleasant way to while away ninety-two minutes.

Full Review… | August 13, 2008
Groucho Reviews

Predecessors The Mummy and The Mummy Returns stand as intellectual masterpieces next to The Scorpion King.

Full Review… | July 11, 2008
Filmcritic.com

Audience Reviews for The Scorpion King

½

More hype than delivery, follow Mr. Dwayne Johnson as he unbelievably waltzes into a fullblown Hollywood movie career playing the same guy he played in the wrestling "arena". Watch as he himself cannot hide his incredulous amazement at his good fortune. In the climatic scene the villain manages to slice the Rock's shirt clean off ... this is light entertainment for the youth in your house.

ApeneckFletcher
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

So oddly enough this character was actually loosely based on a real Egyptian leader which does make things a little more interesting, not a franchise saver by any means but its cool to read up on it. This spin off is set 5000 years before the events of 'The Mummy' which does seem rather a long time to me.

Great title, slightly dull execution, we all knew what to expect here, Johnson running around half naked killing endless enemies with no apparent fighting skills. I will be completely truthful here and say this film isn't too bad, if you squint at it its almost pretty good, the fights are solid along with the stunts, cast does the job for the type of film this is and more importantly it actually looks good without any silly cgi to spoil the broth.

If you took out the historical setting you could quite easily say this was a sequel/prequel to the 'Conan' franchise really, its your basic swords n sorcery fantasy just without any monsters, its better than the recent official Conan effort. So yeah...this is not too bad, Kelly Hu looks lovely and Johnson is clearly learning the ropes showing promise.

phubbs1
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Well its okay, it'll suffice as a prequel because i doubt you'd get any better!
Its good enough in the action front and special effects!
Theres nothing to special about this movie but its fun enough!

FiLmCrAzY
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

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