Mathayus is a mercenary in ancient Egypt hired to kill Memnon and his sorceress Cassandra in a bid by his employer for revenge and to prevent the invasion of his town. In this prequel to the Mummy movies, Mathayus struggles to do the right thing in a world filled with betrayal and thievery.
Dwayne Johnson (Mathayus), Steven Brand (Memnon), Michael Duncan (Balthazar), Kelly Hu (The Sorceress), Bernard Hill (Philos), Grant Heslov (Arpid), Peter Facinelli (Takmet), Ralf Moeller (Thorak), Branscombe Richmond (Jesup).
The Scorpion King begins with some character development around Mathayus and Jesup followed by Memnon and the other side of the story. With good and evil now defined the story jumps into the action and adventure full tilt. With some comedy thrown in here and there, the story moves along well though in an easily foreseen direction. Appearing at first glance like an action adventure, the film is more like a Kindergarten class right before lunch and feels like it has less direction than it does ambition.
Acting was decent with Johnson actually delivering pretty well. His timid “Boo” was the best line of the movie and absolutely hysterical while being completely campy at the same time. Brand and Takmet did well as antagonists while Branscombe and Hu delivered nicely and seemed to have good chemistry with Johnson.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were all well done and the film appears to have had a more than adequate budget resulting in nicely detailed sets, costumes, and film quality. Effects were action based and good throughout. Dialogue was a mix of campy, comedy, and dramatic and flowed well. Sound and soundtrack were both good and fit the film well.
Overall The Scorpion King is a decent action adventure with overall good technical qualities that for some reason doesn’t seem to develop to a high energy level despite the potential to do so. This would make a good choice for family movie night with preens or above.
With mild sensuality and intense action violence this should be fine for preens and above.
The Scorpion King is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theaters.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
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