Scorpion King

The Scorpion King

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Director: Chuck Russell, The Rock, Steven Brand, Michael Clarke Duncan

Cast: Chuck Russell, The Rock, Steven Brand, Michael Clarke Duncan

     
 

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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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The latest in a long line of professional athletes to make the leap to action-movie heroism, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson makes a sensational starring debut in this rousing, opulent adventure set in ancient times. In the days before Egypt built the great pyramids and established its empire, the far-flung desert tribes face conquest by the evil king Memnon (Steven Brand), whose campaign is guided by the prophetic visions of the sorceress Cassandra (Kelly Hu). The worried tribesmen band together and hire freebooting mercenary Mathayus (The Rock) to assassinate the sorceress and bring Memnon down, but destiny has something else in store for the indomitable warrior. A prequel of sorts to The Mummy Returns, The Scorpion King fleshes out the character introduced in the former film, and employs the same savory mix of sword-and-sorcery ingredients that helped catapult Arnold Schwarzenegger to stardom in the Conan movies. The Rock, accomplished through years of mugging for the WWE's cameras, is actually a better actor than Arnold, and very nearly as charismatic; moreover, his eye-popping physique and athletic ability make him perfectly believable in the numerous, well-choreographed battle scenes. Director Chuck Russell (Bless the Child) knows exactly what he's doing here. Little attention is paid to maintaining historical accuracy and credibility, but the occult trappings and countless feats of derring-do keep Scorpion King on the move at all times -- which is precisely what fans appreciate. The DVD edition features a commentary by Russell, two behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes, DVD-ROM features, and a preview of The Rock's upcoming movie, Helldorado.
San Francisco Chronicle
Like every other action movie, it's designed for a 14-year-old boy's mentality, but it's enjoyable enough to turn most people into 14-year-old boys. Mick LaSalle

Product Details

Release Date:
04/22/2012
UPC:
0025192146619
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rock The Scorpion King/Mathayus
Steven Brand Memnon
Michael Clarke Duncan Balthazar
Kelly Hu Cassandra
Bernard Hill Philos
Grant Heslov Arpid
Peter Facinelli Takmet
Ralph Moeller Thorak
Branscombe Richmond Jesup
Roger Rees King Pheron
Sherri Howard Queen Isis
Conrad Roberts Chieftain
Bernard Smith Actor
Tyler Mane Actor

Technical Credits
Chuck Russell Director
Robert Anderson Sound/Sound Designer
John Bloomfield Costumes/Costume Designer
CFX/Das Werk Animator
Sean Daniel Producer
John Debney Score Composer
Gary Diamond Set Decoration/Design
Jonathan Hales Original Story
Sarah Halley-Finn Casting
David Hayter Screenwriter
Randi Hiller Casting
James Jacks Producer
Noelle King Set Decoration/Design
Bill Law Set Decoration/Design
John R. Leonetti Cinematographer
Josh McLaglen Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Vince McMahon Executive Producer
Doug Meerdink Art Director
Kevin Misher Producer
James Murakami Set Decoration/Design
William Osborne Screenwriter
Greg Parsons Editor
Kristen Pratt Set Decoration/Design
Richard Luke Rothschild Co-producer
Stephen Sommers Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Kate J. Sullivan Set Decoration/Design
Michael Tronick Associate Producer,Editor
Ed Verreaux Production Designer
Dean Wolcott Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. To Kill an Akkadian
2. The Rise fo Memnon
3. A Clan of Cutthroats
4. Three Against Memnon
5. Betrayed
6. Fire Ants
7. Gomorrah
8. A Forced Hand
9. On the Run
10. Mathayus' Prisoner
11. Killer in the Storm
12. Blood of the Scorpion
13. A Battle with Balthazar
14. Visions of Death
15. The Invaders
16. A Simple Test
17. Matayus Strikes
18. The Scorpion's Sting
19. Hail to the King
20. End Titles

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The Scorpion King 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I first wanted to see this movie in movie theaters but I had nobody to take me. Then I got this movie for Christmas and I instantly fell in love with it. I you like cool music by Godsmack and action that never stops, buy this game for goodness sake!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I know that that movie rocked!I have both The Mummy Returns & The Scorpion king.All my friends thinks he's hot & so do I.But asid from that they both were auwsome movies!I've watched them so much I cant recite egyptian words from the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is amazing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie definetly deserves 5 stars
Guest More than 1 year ago
You may think that Scorpion King is a great action packed movie, but you'd be wrong though! It's the typical action film with a lot of action and no plot at all. This film was really disappointing. The film is a big waste of time. The only good thing is that it will shoot The Rock's film career. But the rest of the film is so dumb. It is so predictable that you will know th ending of the film before the film starts. As a bit of advice, never rent or buy such a horrible film that will probably be the worst film of 2002.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think the Scorpion King was much better than the Mummy or the Mummy Returns. Although the Scorpion King didn't have a mummy I think it was much better. For 1 thing the Scorpion King was in the daylight and the Mummy and the Mummy returns were both in the dark so you can't see anything.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved every moment of this movie!!! It's tame enough for kids to watch and exciting enough for adults. Who needs blood and gore in every movie?? The Rock was great for his first true movie role (I don't count the 1 Word he spoke in The Mummy Returns). With more gigs and a little more training, I think he will go far! If You're looking for a fun ride, this movie is it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a really good family film - I expected it to be violent, but it wasn't really and the whole family enjoyed it. The Rock is a brilliant action hero, Michael Clarke Duncan is a very powerful Balthazar and his stunning female warriors are an original feature. Steven Brand (he was Adam Cook in Casualty) is a very evil but sexy Memnon. Very convincing acting from everyone; I hope to see the Rock and Steven Brand in other films. The humour makes this a special film, some of which is supplied by Arpid the horse thief. There is a boy street urchin who is a cute little scene stealer. My only disappointment is that the sex scene between Mathyus and Cassandra is not shown. (nor could I find it in the bonus material)The music helps to make up for this though.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie is deserving the highest rate becouse all of the action keeping you interested from biginning to the end.
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thegodofthebassguitar More than 1 year ago
one very pathetic movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!