The Scorpion King

A Film Review By Jason L. King

Starring: The Rock, Michael Clarke Duncan, Steven Brand
Directed By: Chuck Russell
Rated: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action violence and some sensuality

Final Grade:

Where do I even start with this? The Scorpion King was supposed to be the prequel to the summer blockbusters “The Mummy” and “The Mummy Returns.” The story of the Scorpion King was built up during the beginnings and the end of the Mummy Returns, but the whole idea must have been just thrown out the window, because the main plot of this movie is a Prequel to the prequel of “the Mummy Returns.” In other words, anything you knew about the story from the other 2 movies really doesn’t have anything to do with this one. Director Chuck Russell who has brought us other wonderful films such as Eraser and Nightmare on Elm Street 3 (Do you sense sarcasm?) tries to make a good film out of material that was doomed from the start. The Rock is a great actor in the ring, but in this role is nothing more than a joke. Having him play The Scorpion King is nothing more than an embarassment to his career. Special effects that were meant to be cool, only made the movie slightly better, but the effects were so overshadowed by the worthless plot and the crappy dialouge that you nearly forgot they were there.

Sure, The Scorpion King will do well beacuse of the “Millions and Millions of the Rock’s Fans” that pay to see him act on the big screen, but the truth is It doesn’t matter what they think. The film was a waste of time. I saw the film, “I smelled what the Rock was cookin'” and frankly it stunk. I want that 1 hour and 1/2 of my life back.