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There's nothing original inThe Scorpion King, but this derivative action franchise gets off to a rousing start by cleverly stealing from a lot of better movies. Capitalizing on his brief cameo inThe Mummy Returns, Dwayne Johnson (a.k.a. World Wrestling Federation star the Rock) stars as Mathayus, an Akkadian assassin in the age preceding Egyptian pharaohs, who vows to avenge his brother's murder by an undefeated warlord (Steven Brand) prophesied to become the desert-ruling Scorpion King. Their battle for supremacy comprises most of the film's brisk 95-minute running time, punctuated by comic relief from Mathayus's obligatory sidekick (Grant Heslov), romance with a beautiful sorceress (Kelly Hu), and alliance with a massive Nubian (Michael Clarke Duncan) on the eve of their climactic showdown. There's no rhyme or reason to the film's depiction of ancient civilization (the costuming is particularly ludicrous), but the Rock demonstrates adequate action-star potential, and director Chuck Russell (The Mask) wraps it all in a slick, professional package.--Jeff Shannon
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CastKelly Hu, Michael Clarke Duncan, Dwayne Johnson, Bernard Hill, Steven Brand
DirectorChuck Russell
Release Date:  April 19, 2002
DVD Release Date:  October 1, 2002
Runtime:  92 minutes
Studio:  Universal Pictures
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review by . March 12, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
      THE SCORPION KING      Dwayne Johnson has come along way since his wrestling days as far as the movies are concerned. I personally have always liked "The Rock" especially when he was a heel in wrestling, so when I heard he was going to be in "The Mummy Returns" it seemed a natural fit. Maybe some day I will get into that movie but my over all feeling from him was he did a good job with his first role. As a pro wrestler it seems a …
Quick Tip by . March 12, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
This movie is an enjoyable one but this is not the classic it could have been but at least it is better than most of the things out there. As far as The Rock's first starring film he did a good job and you could see back then that we was on his way to becoming a star. And for those wondering or if you do not know this is a WWE or at the time WWF film, Vince McMahon is an executive producer on this film. This is a fun movie that I would recommend to lovers of action flicks or people who like …
review by . November 16, 2006
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Pros: Entertaining; outtakes, yay!     Cons: Funny where it shouldn't have been     The Bottom Line: Wasn't serious enough to be taken seriously - or at least it didn't feel like it.     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. If you’ve seen it, think of Conan The Barbarian for a minute. Huge, muscled, sword-wielding dude striving to defeat evil during the days of Samarians. That movie wasn’t meant …
review by . May 25, 2003
posted in Movie Hype
It took me forever to finally rent this movie. I'm a huge fan of action and costume movies, and this one had both.  This is packed with quirky humor ( just like bits of it in the mummy) and great fighting seqences. The Rock is a good actor, i must say. There wasn't one moment where I was thinking "god, he can't act".  I've been a big fan of Kelly Hu since she was seen on Martial Law, a series with Samo Hung, canceled a few years ago.  I think she can fight better than …
review by . April 16, 2002
Pros: Some good action can be fun     Cons: Nothing original here     The Bottom Line: Nothing original here but can vbe a fun Popcorn Film     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot. The spin off like the sequel has long been a staple of Hollywood. Simply put, if a show is a success, and if sequels are pending, then a new creation using situations, characters, or events from the original may be a success …
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