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The Scorpion King

  • Action
  • Fantasy
  • 2002
  • Chuck Russell
  • 87 mins
  • PG

Summary

Action adventure fantasy starring The Rock. In ancient times, powerful warrior Memnon presides over the desert with the aid of sorceress Cassandra. In an attempt to bring down this mighty duo, the assassin Mathayus is hired to kill Cassandra and thereafter become king of the last free tribes.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Mathayus, the Scorpion KingDwayne Johnson
BalthazarMichael Clarke Duncan
MemnonSteven Brand
CassandraKelly Hu
PhilosBernard Hill
ArpidGrant Heslov
Prince TakmetPeter Facinelli
ThorakRalf Moeller
Queen IsisSherri Howard
King PheronRoger Rees

Crew

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DirectorChuck Russell

Details

Theatrical distributor
UIP
Released on
2002-04-19
Languages
English
Guidance
May be edited for violence.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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