Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Movie Review # 64 Scorpion King: Rise of the Warrior (2008)
Director: Russell Mulcahy http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0611683/
Randall McCormick (story) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0566595/
Stephen Sommers (characters) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0814085/
Randy Couture http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1330276/
Michael Copon http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0178757/
Karen Shenaz David http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1314042/
Simon Quarterman http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0702945/
Rotten Tomatoes: 31% Audience http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/scorpion_king_2/
IMDb: 3.8/10 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1104123/
Netflix: 3 Stars
Everyone has those movies they avoid. It is not for any reason particularly other than you are afraid that it will soil another movie you enjoyed. Well Scorpion King: Rise of the Warrior is one of those movies to me. I chose to never see it because I enjoyed the first Scorpion King. It was cheesy, it was silly and for Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson it was his Conan moment. Where we found out he could do more than just wrestle.
Just as Arnold could do more than just pose with his muscles. But this prequel doesn't have the Rock at all. Not in a cameo, not in a montage nothing. If you didn't have Scorpion King in the title you would have thought you where watching a movie not related in the least to the Scorpion King. But a starter movie to a new tv series brought on by the producers of Xena or Hercules.
Which is not bad but neither is it to good. As no character in the script has much volume to them. Mathayus has the most and his life is bent on vengeance against Sargon. Who is played rather pathetically by Randy Couture. I know that his days in the Octagon are over. But I am just going to be honest. He can not act at all. Even in the Expendables he couldn't. He reminds me more of Dolph Lundren let me shoot, fight and blow up stuff so I do not have to speak.
Which in today's society can make you a marginal star. Just not one that I really care much about. The bright spot outside of Randy every other actor and actress where good to passable as whole. Which is really hard to find in made for dvd movies or even made for tv movies. Despite all of this I did find some enjoyment in this movie. Does it fill a whole in the Canon of the Scorpion King? No it does not and should not be seen as a prequel.
Same can be said of the new Scorpion King movie coming out this summer Scorpion King: Book of the Dead. As just like this one has no mention of the Rock nor does it have the same Mathayus in it. I swear it is as if they do not care who plays the Scorpion King anymore. Sadly I just find that damning and saddening as this could have been the Conan Series for the Rock. But they didn't give him the chance for it.
But what do you expect from a spin off series of The Mummy? It got what they thought was best straight to dvd filth that does nothing but tarnish a good summer movie. Even as I say that I did enjoy it but I will never classify this or the next one as sequel or prequel to the Scorpion King movie. As they stand they are mockbusters of a established and beloved franchise to many people. So because of that they deserve what ever mockery they get from the fans and critics.
My Rating: 2/5 Stars