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The Scorpion King: Rise of a Warrior (2008)

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In Ancient Akkad, Mathayus grows up as the proud son of Ashur, a captain in the world-renowned military corps of Black Scorpions, first-rate bodyguards, most of which are sent to courts ... See full summary »

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... Mathayus
... Layla
... Ari
... Fong
... Pollux
... Sargon
... Astarte
... Baldo
Shane Manie ... Jesup
... Ashur
Chase Agulhas ... Young Noah (as Chase Aghulas)
Pierre Marais ... Young Mathayus
Warrick Grier ... General Abalgamash
Terry Norton ... Inanna
Az Abrahams ... King Hammurabi
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In Ancient Akkad, Mathayus grows up as the proud son of Ashur, a captain in the world-renowned military corps of Black Scorpions, first-rate bodyguards, most of which are sent to courts wide away. By objecting to young Mathayus joining the corps, Ashur incurs the undying enmity of ruthless generalissimo Sargon, gets killed and the orphaned knave is shipped off to a desolate training camp for six years by king Hammurabi's clemency. When he returns as a Black Scorpio, Sargon has bloodily seized the throne and demands cruel proof of blind loyalty. Mathayus refuses, becoming a chased hero. With youth friends, the resourceful Greek Pollux and various mercenary warriors, he embarks on a daring quest to obtain a legendary sword from Sargon's magical ally, the war-goddess Astarte. Written by KGF Vissers

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Rated PG-13 for violence, and sexual content including references | See all certifications »

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A Skorpiókirály 2. - Harcos születik  »

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This film is a prequel to a prequel of a sequel of a remake. That is, it is the prequel to The Scorpion King (2002), which is a prequel to The Mummy Returns (2001), which is a sequel to The Mummy (1999) which can be considered as a loose remake of The Mummy (1932). See more »

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When asked why Mathayus doesn't want to be a king, he replies that it's 'not my cup of tea'. Tea spread to the western world through traders in the 17th century A.D. An Akkadian from the 3rd century B.C. would not use such an expression as he would never have even heard of 'tea'. See more »

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Astarte: Scratch any hero, Mathayus, and you will find a monster lurking inside.
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Referenced in The Blockbuster Buster: Van Helsing (2010) See more »

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Not bad for what it is - a straight-to-DVD prequel
13 September 2008 | by See all my reviews

Don't take this film too seriously - the filmmakers obviously didn't. Although it's set in a period "long, long ago", most of the characters look, talk and act VERY contemporary. Equally contemporary is the use of "bullet time" in some of the fight scenes! I wouldn't count on it for a lesson in mythology, either (hmmm, and I thought the Minotaur was killed by Theseus!). And there are a few too many scenes where the characters are simply walking around, while we're waiting for something to happen. On the bright side, Russell Mulcahy is an experienced B-movie director, and the film delivers enough spectacle, with clear cinematography and some imaginative special effects (the best being the transportation from the labyrinth to Hades). The script is basically yet another "quest for vengeance" story, but it does have a nice double-twist at the end. Oh, and I hope we'll get to see more of the breathtakingly beautiful and exotic Karen David in the years to come. Wow, what a woman. Smart move to put her, and the also beautiful and exotic Natalie Becker, on the DVD cover - without those two, I would never have rented this film. (**1/2)


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