The Scorpion King

2002

The Scorpion King (2002)

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

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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 Memnon, and hire a trio of Akkadian assassins, led by Mathayus (pro wrestler The Rock, who made his big-screen debut as this character in The Mummy Returns), to kill the sorceress and thus remove Memnon's advantage. Balthazar (Michael Clarke Duncan of The Green Mile), the powerful leader of the Nubians, objects to hiring mercenaries, but the plan goes forward. The assassins are betrayed by Takmet (Peter Facinelli), the son of one of the tribal leaders, and Mathayus finds himself unable to kill Cassandra. Thanks to the unlikely machinations of Cassandra, and the aid of a horse thief, Arpid (Grant Heslov of True Lies), Mathayus escapes to the desert. He eventually abducts Cassandra, who explains that Memnon was holding her against her will. Mathayus thwarts Memnon's efforts to re-capture Cassandra, then uses his newfound sense of justice to convince the surviving tribal leaders to join forces again to defeat Memnon. The Scorpion King was directed by Chuck Russell. Jonathan Hales (Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones) was credited with the story, and WWF owner Vince McMahon has an executive producer credit. The film, which was shot in the U.S. (very unusual for a big action film), reportedly underwent extensive re-shoots when the first cut came in with a running time of 70 minutes. ~ Josh Ralske, Rovi

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Cast

Kelly Hu
as Cassandra
Roger Rees
as King Pheron
Sherri Howard
as Queen Isis
Conrad Roberts
as Chieftain
Joseph Ruskin
as Tribal Leader
Estaban Cueto
as Third Akkadian
Andre Henschel
as Memnon Soldier
Mike Hilow
as Guard at Ant Pit
Nick Hermz
as Guard at Ant Pit
Wesley John
as Guard at Gomorroh Gate
Michelle Baney
as Bazaar Barmaid
Barry Kramer
as Sword Merchant
Marissa McMahon
as Bird Merchant
Tim Iannello
as Perfume Merchant
Sonia Vera
as Harlot
Tutu Sweeney
as Street Urchin
Al Leong
as Asian Training Master
Woon Young Park
as Asian Training Fighter
Marcus Young
as Asian Training Fighter
Paul Sloan
as Soldier
Talani Rabb
as Harem Girl
Sole Alberti
as Harem Girl
Penelope Jimenez
as Harem Girl
Sean Michael
as Boy at Well
Adoni Maropis
as Doubting General
Bernard White
as Falconmaster
Amy Hunter
as Warrior Woman
Diana Lupo
as Warrier Woman
Heather Burton
as Warrior Woman
Nikki Flux
as Warrior Woman
Rachel Moore
as Warrior Woman
Summer Altice
as Warrior Woman
Brandon Gonzalez
as Boy With Dates
Peter Quartaroli
as Vision Archer
Peter Navy Tuiasosopo
as Night Gate Guard
Amanda Bentley
as Courtesan
Jim Maniaci
as Palace Guard
Shant Demirjian
as Army Leader
Gus Rethwisch
as Barbarian Guard
Richard Cetrone
as Barbarian Guard
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Critic Reviews for The Scorpion King

All Critics (135) | Top Critics (30)

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

Jul 20, 2002 | Rating: 2/4

All the necessary exposition prevents the picture from rising above your generic sand 'n' sandal adventure.

Apr 24, 2002

Russell lacks the visual panache, the comic touch, and perhaps the budget of Sommers's title-bout features.

Apr 23, 2002 | Full Review…
Village Voice
Top Critic

Wimps out by going for that PG-13 rating, so the more graphic violence is mostly off-screen and the sexuality is muted.

Apr 22, 2002

The Scorpion King may look like a movie, but it feels like a food fight.

Apr 20, 2002 | Rating: 1/5

A fairly by-the-books blend of action and romance with sprinklings of intentional and unintentional comedy.

Apr 19, 2002 | Rating: 1.5/5

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.

Kevin M. Williams
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.

Phil Hubbs
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!

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

Third entry of The Mummy franchise tells the story of Thew Scorpion King which you'd expect that they would make something good, but unfortunately; it is not to be. The Scorpion King is a terrible action film that has poor story and even poorer acting. The cast for this film is terrible and really most of them seem out of place\. It's a shame because The Scorpion King could have been a terrific film, but it ends being one bad film. The Rock is not so good as The Scorpion King even though he looks cool in the part. Instead of delivering an awesome actioner, director Chuck Russell tones down the blood and plays it safe to secure a PG-13 rating. If this film would've been rated R, I think there could have a lot more accomplished in terms of action. Also like I've said, the story fails and mimmicks tother towering sword & sandle epics of old to very bad results. The film feels stupid, and though its slightly entertaining at times, you can't shake the feeling that it's a poorly made action film. The idea is good, the execution is terrible. They could have done something cool with the story, but it feels to simple and lacks anything great. I've the same action scenes before, it's nothing new. The film is cliched with a bad cast and a bad story. If the screenwriters would've tried a little harder they could've written a superb script and ended up with a film that would've entertained you. Instead the film insults the viewer with barely anything truly original to offer, this will make anyone watching it want his hour and a half back

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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