Saturday, 13 June 2009

Mini-Review - The Scorpion King

The Scorpion King is a spin-off of the successful Mummy films, set in a time before those films. It deals with one of the bad guys from the second movie, the eponymous Scorpion King. Unfortunately it's little more than a mish-mash of action scenes and while Dwayne Johnson's performance is good and his comic abilities are well used, there is little else to commend this film - not only that, it only partially explains how The Scorpion King actually came to be what he was at the end of The Mummy Returns. (I understand there is a Scorpion King 2, which perhaps tells the rest of the story.)

The plot tries hard with lots of elements but they just don't gel together very well. Kelly Hu looks fantastic but isn't particularly convincing, and Michael Clarke Duncan is far from his best here. Bernard Hill makes a fun albeit brief appearance.

Overall The Scorpion King isn't terrible, but ultimately it's disappointing and definitely not a patch on films that spawned it.

The Mummy Review
The Mummy Returns Review

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