The Rock, Dwayne Johnson, former WWF Champion, and the People’s Champion makes his first leading role acting debut as the Scorpion King.
The Scorpion King is the prequel to the Mummy Returns in which the Scorpion King is killed and later tried to be revived.
The success of the Mummy Returns and the Mummy lay in it’s great story, action, effects and characters. The addition of the Scorpion King character in the Mummy Returns was a big hit with movie fans. The Rock’s brief role in that movie made a lasting impact on fans and the fans wanted more.
Chuck Russell , the director of this movie, obviously took the success, that the character of The Scorpion King had in ”The Mummy Returns” and added more depth and detail.
The Rock underwent sword training, staff training, cardiovascular training for the Scorpion King. Being over 5 time WWF Champ, the Rock already had the work ethic, dedication and charisma for the role. Although this is not mentioned. part of ”The Scorpion King’s” success lay on the fact, that the story is also similiar to the ”Conan The Barbarian” movie with Arnold Schwarzenger.
In fact, comparing the 2 movies, one can see that the Rock in a much shorter time, has become a greater actor than Arnold Schwarzenger.
In his first films Arnold’s movie and acting were less than stellar, so the Rock has managed to not only leave an impact with movie critics but entertained them as well. The Scorpion King is about an evil king, Memnon (Steven Brand), an evil king who has slaughters dozens of people including the village of Mathayus (The Rock).
Mathayus is a desert assasin and a great warrior. Pretty soon , the people who fear Memnon agree that Mathayus must get rid of him. However, Memnon’s sorcererss, Cassandra (Kelly Hu) plans to kill anyone trying to take over the land.
Mathayus, the greatest warrior in the world, does not plan to let this happen, must kill Memnon before it’s too late, and claim his right as the Scorpion King.
In his quest, Mathayus is joined by Balthazar (Michael Clark Duncan) and many others who will fight side by side to get Memnon. This is where the real actions begins, as we are treated to a bunch of violent, but cool action scenes involving swords, spears and more. The visual effects are also extremely well done, if you have seen the effects for ”The Mummy”, or ”The Mummy Returns” then you won’t be satisfied by the effects of this film.
Interesting notes about the Scorpion King:
The Discovery Channel recently had a special about uncovering a real life Scorpion King in Egypt, so the movie itself is not entirely made up. The success of the Scorpion King has spawned a couple of great games including a Gameboy Advance version and a planned Playstation version.
Overall, the Rock does a successful and great acting role in his first lead, since ”The Mummy Returns”. ”The Scorpion King” has plenty of action, visual effects and romance, to please even the most diehard fan. If you are already a fan of ”The Rock” you are going to be very satisfied with this flick.
Even if you are not a fan of ”The Rock” I am sure you still love this great prequel to ”The Mummy Returns”.