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The Scorpion King (2002)

A desert warrior rises up against the evil army that is destroying his homeland. He captures the enemy's key sorcerer, takes her deep into the desert and prepares for a final showdown.

Director:

Chuck Russell

Writers:

Stephen Sommers (story), Jonathan Hales (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dwayne Johnson ... Mathayus (as The Rock)
Steven Brand ... Memnon
Michael Clarke Duncan ... Balthazar
Kelly Hu ... The Sorceress
Bernard Hill ... Philos
Grant Heslov ... Arpid
Peter Facinelli ... Takmet
Ralf Moeller ... Thorak
Branscombe Richmond ... Jesup
Roger Rees ... King Pheron
Sherri Howard ... Queen Isis
Conrad Roberts ... Chieftain
Joseph Ruskin ... Tribal Leader
Esteban Cueto ... Third Akkadian
Nils Allen Stewart ... Torturer
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Storyline

In ancient Gomorrah, thousands of years before the Pyramids, the remaining free nomadic tribes are forced to form an uneasy alliance to put an end to mighty King Memnon's reign of tyranny. One of the few survivors and the last of the Akkadians, the brave assassin, Mathayus, is entrusted with the impossible task of executing Memnon's fortune-telling sorceress, Cassandra, only to find himself up against a seemingly indestructible evil army. Now, with the help of his new powerful allies, including the great warrior, Balthazar, Mathayus returns to the legendary city to infiltrate Memnon's impenetrable fortress in the desert and exact his revenge. Is Mathayus destined to be the next Scorpion King? Written by Nick Riganas

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Warrior. Legend. King.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action violence and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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In the opening scene, the Barbarian Chieftain (Tyler Mane) toasts to having killed Babylonians and Mesopotamians. These are the same people. See more »

Goofs

According to ancient writings, Gomorrah was one of many towns that once existed on the site of the modern Dead Sea. The area is much too small for the mammoth metropolis portrayed in the movie. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[the barbarian chieftain is holding up a skull]
Barbarian Chieftain: We have killed Babylonians!
[the barbarians cheer, he holds up another]
Barbarian Chieftain: We have killed Mesopotamians!
[the barbarians cheer]
Barbarian Chieftain: But we have never had the pleasure of killing... an Akkadian.
Jesup: [Tied up] May the gods have pity on you, for my brother will not.
[Mathayas storms in and kills the Barbarians]
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There are no opening credits, only with the Universal logo and the title for the film at the beginning. See more »

Alternate Versions

German version was shipped to cinemas prior to final certification with UIP Germany expecting a "Not under 12" rating. But the German ratings board slapped the film with a "Not under 16" rating so the film was edited for violence two days after release for the more commerical lower rating. See more »

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Marching-In
Written by Sho Kosugi
Performed by The Taiko Drummers
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Makes The Mummy look like Battleship Potemkin but will probably satisfy teenage boys with its MTV version of a swords and sorcery adventure film
19 April 2006 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Mathayus is a legendary warrior but his people face a deadly foe in the form of Memnon and his evil army that is sweeping through the lands. Despatched to assassinate Memnon, Mathayus is forced to save a child and misses his opportunity. Fleeing the city, he kidnaps Memnon's sorcerer Cassandra (who he is also meant to kill) and heads into the desert. Deep in the Valley of the Dead, he intents to use Cassandra to draw Memnon out of the safety of his loyal city and into the desert where he will be more vulnerable and easier to kill.

Despite not being impressed at all by Mummy Returns, I thought I would veg out in front of this prequel/sequel/spin off thing which was just as well since vegging out mindlessly in front of it is pretty much all it is good for. The plot is essentially a collection of action scenes held together by some overly-serious plot with a bit of flesh and titillation thrown in just in case the teens get restless. It is very derivative and very obvious and, if you are actually paying much attention to it then you'll find it pretty tiresome at times. Of course in my brainless state I found it to be brightly colourful and noisy which was enough to keep my eyes busy and let my head rest. It would have been much more fun if the material had had its tongue in its cheek and allowed the performances to match this, but by taking itself a bit too seriously at times it only ends up looking silly.

The Rock is a solid star for this sort of thing but he isn't very versatile – he needs the material to match him rather than the other way round. By having a big character in an overly serious tale, he looks ill at ease and doesn't suit it that well. Brand is a by-the-numbers villain who fills the role but not much else. Hu is undoubtedly attractive and at first I felt that she was being exploited by having her in tiny clothes and as much flesh as possible; however then I watched her performance and realised she was just playing to her strengths. Duncan takes himself too seriously and his scenes lack fun – surprisingly even in the action scenes. Support from Hill, Heslov and others don't do much other than fill out the cast.

Overall then a fairly bland, uninspiring action movie that lacks excitement, tension, characters, story and indeed fun (which is where the biggest problem lies). It is probably enough of a film to satisfy teenage genre fans but I must confess that there was so little that was special that I could barely care about it when it was on and found it unmemorable by the time it was finished.


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Country:

USA | Germany | Belgium

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

June Lake, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,075,875, 21 April 2002

Gross USA:

$91,047,077

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$180,630,907
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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