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The Scorpion King

The Scorpion King

Chuck Russell (2002)

87min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Calling to mind Italian sword-and-sandal flicks starring Steve Reeves, this spin-off from The Mummy Returns from director Chuck Russell is entertaining, escapist hokum. The plot is hardly original: an evil warlord (Steven Brand), who has conquered and enslaved half the tribes in the desert, is opposed by a lone warrior (wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, in an imposing, star-making performance), who unites the remaining warring factions and leads them against the common oppressor. There might not be much sense or depth amid the noisy, not terribly gory, violence, but the spirited nonstop action, vigorously directed by Russell, makes for an unpretentious, enjoyable adventure. This effective macho epic is a lot more fun to watch than a mere cash-in title, made solely for the wrestling brigade.

Summary

A ruthless warlord resolves to rid the desert of its few remaining tribes, prompting them to seek the help of a legendary assassin to end the despot's reign of terror by destroying his source of power - a beautiful but deadly sorceress. Fantasy action adventure, starring Dwayne Johnson, Steven Brand, Kelly Hu and Michael Clarke Duncan.

Cast & Crew

Mathayus, the Scorpion King Dwayne Johnson
Balthazar Michael Clarke Duncan
Memnon Steven Brand
Cassandra Kelly Hu
Philos Bernard Hill
Arpid Grant Heslov
Prince Takmet Peter Facinelli
Thorak Ralf Moeller
Queen Isis Sherri Howard
King Pheron Roger Rees
Director Chuck Russell
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: UIP Guidance: Violence. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay Released on: 19 Apr 2002

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