All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…
The Scorpion King
Warrior. Legend. King.
In ancient Egypt, peasant Mathayus is hired to exact revenge on the powerful Memnon and the sorceress Cassandra, who are ready to overtake Balthazar's village. Amid betrayals, thieves, abductions and more, Mathayus strives to bring justice to his complicated world.
No clue how to rate this. One of the funniest movies I've seen in recent memory, and not in an ironic "so bad it's good" way. Dwayne Johnson is a real-life cartoon character, and even though he's famous I feel like he doesn't get near enough credit for his surprising range of abilities, and how brilliantly he carries even the dumbest movies (not to mention the emotional weight he gave to his PAIN & GAIN role, but I won't do a tangent raving about his every performance. you're welcome). The women here are very bad but the only white characters are the evil dudes so I guess it sort of evens out. A couple of downright beautiful shots and an ending moment so hilarious I rewound it twice, crying laughing.
Light-hearted action and adventure fun starring The Rock as The Rock and Kelly Hu in a never fully clothed turn as an optimistic Sorceress and it directly quotes the opening of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
What's not to love?
Sublimely hilarious and truly bonkers, The Scorpion King is exactly the certain kind of big budget B-movie that I adore, thanks in no small part to a great early performance from Dwayne Johnson, who establishes himself as a blockbuster movie star.
Will purchase on Blu Ray for sure!
Something nobody ever mentions when talking about The Scorpion King, something I consider a significant omission, is that The Rock rides a camel in this film. Not just a little bit. A lot. Like all through the film. The Rock. On a camel.
Aside from that it's a fairly perfunctory sword and sandal thing. The guy's got charisma though, and it's never a chore to watch.
Yet another guilty pleasure in which a baby attempted to write a script and it failed in the best possible way.
Given the Scorpion King was by far the worst thing about The Mummy Returns, did we really need a prequel? Of course not, but everyone loves The Rock, he wanted a movie career and when you fuse the two together... you get this dirge.
The most startling thing are that people like Michael Clarke Duncan or Bernard Hill who can, y'know, actually act, show up here - all I can say is the pay cheque must have been sizeable. Just a waste of everyone's time and money.
Not needed at all.
You know the story about the scorpion and the frog? Your friend The Rock didn't make it across the river.
A relic of the early 2000s, The Scorpion King is rife with hard rock music, bad CGI, and over-the-top action. It's simultaneously terrible and awesome at the same time, but it's bad enough that I won't be frequently rewatching.
"Get ready! I'll kill half, you kill half."
The Mummy Returns is one of my long-standing favorite films. It is a film that, no matter how many times I watch it, I can always enjoy and be entertained by. It is also the first appearance of The Scorpion King. Even though the aforementioned character had about six minutes of screen time in the film, apparently he warranted a movie (series) to further explain his backstory. This film has some of the visual aesthetics of the first two Mummy movies, but has none of the charm or clever humor. It does have some entertaining action sequences, but overall, it plays more like a made-for-tv movie than anything else. I do wish we could have watched The Rock crushing ants with his chin for a little bit longer though.
The Sorceress: Well are you gonna try to kill me or just star at me ?
Me: stare at you
The Scorpion king is a cheesy fun action adventure film. Starting Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Kelly Hu, Micheal Clark Duncan and Steven Brand. A spin off/prequel to The Mummy series. You have the Rock as Mathayus who's out to kill this king who kill his bro. I always counted this movie as a guilty pleasure I always enjoyed it.The Rock is great in his first Major role this movie is what made him big where he would even left WWE to become a Movie star. Honestly this is the only movie I enjoyed with him. The main reasons I would watch this is for the Egyptian setting the action and Kelly Hu's fine ass.
Fully silly, corny, and utterly enjoyable. So much stupid-funny action and so many plot contrivances. The Rock is King. The fight with Michael Clarke Duncan (RIP) is an all-timer. I think the opening used the same exact set as CHARLIE'S ANGELS. It also goes on to shamelessly rip off TEMPLE OF DOOM and one of the best gags from ANIMAL HOUSE. I feel slightly guilty this is the first time I saw this since I was a teenager.
Watched as part of Ryan Chattaways' 5th Annual 24 Hour Movie Marathon.
Dwayne Johnson (AKA The Rock) played a wonderful role as Mathayus in this film. I really enjoyed his character.
To me, this film is outstanding! I can enjoy this movie as a stand alone film (away from "The Mummy" movie series). The story/script is good and well acted out by all of the actors. The sets and costumes are awesome - really took me back to the time of the Akkadian Empire. Action, action and lots of fun action in this adventurous film.
"The Scorpion King" would make a great double feature with a movie like "Conan the Barbarian " or "The Beastmaster".
I mean even if this movie sucks I must admit that The Rock is probably one of the coolest actors of all time. Taking an arrow straight out of your back and then use it to kill an enemy? That's Chuck Norris-worthy. Two stars only for that!