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The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior
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08.29.2008 By: Jason Adams
The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior order
Director:
Russell Mulcahy

Actors:
Michael Copon
Randy Couture
Karen Shenaz David

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
After seeing his dad murdered by mystical scorpions, a young boy vows to get his revenge by one day growing up to be The Rock.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Allow me to break down how ridiculous SCORPION KING 2: RISE OF A WARRIOR is, content completely aside. This is a Straight-To-DVD (STD) prequel to the spinoff prequel to the sequel to the remake of the original MUMMY movie. Yes. This actually happened.

Russell Mulcahy may not be the hottest director out there but he made the original HIGHLANDER and some decent STDs since then. But this is just absolute garbage. There’s absolutely zero style, save for the opening minute, which blatantly copies the 300 trailer (even with people talking about honor and glory). And from there it just gets unbelievably dumber. There’s magical people-seeking arrows, a fight between a human and a supernatural deity, and just wait until you see how awful the Minotaur looks (and sounds!). However, nothing beats the final fight, where our hero fights a giant invisible scorpion, with even worse CGI than the one from THE MUMMY RETURNS. Why invisible, you ask? I can’t tell you, but it probably cut their effects budget in half.

The star power in this thing is also hilarious. UFC fighter Randy Couture gets top billing and space on the DVD cover, but the actual star of the movie is Michael Copon, whose previous work includes Power Rangers: Time Force and One Tree Hill. Couture himself is an unbelievably bad actor and thankfully the only person who doesn’t attempt an old-time accent, though I would never say either of those things to his giant muscular face. On a side note, it’s pretty sad when you have to settle for a UFC fighter to topline your STD movie. Were none of the WWE wrestlers available?
THE EXTRAS
Deleted Scenes (4:42): More of Randy Couture’s “acting.”

Gag Reel (2:13): Watch as the actors literally laugh at the dialogue they have to say.

Making of THE SCORPION KING 2 (14:14): Everyone talks about how fast they had to shoot the film and the small budget they had to work with. Shocking. Still, no excuse.

Fighting Like an Akkadian (6:09): Fight choreography…with a UFC champion and a former Power Ranger. Get read for excitement.

Visual Effects (6:54): The VFX guys talk about “defying the laws of nature.” I agree.

Becoming Sargon (4:30): Randy Couture’s a great fighter and seems like a nice guy who’s genuinely happy for the opportunity to be in this movie. Still not a good actor.

Beauty and Brawn (3:52): Girls can fight like men too! Thank God for women’s suffrage.

Creating a Whole New World (8:33): Production design. They had some.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Even if you’re a fan of Randy Couture, professional fighting, THE SCORPION KING or THE MUMMY films, this STD movie is still not worth your time. If you are a fan of unmitigated crap though, this is your movie.

Extra Tidbit: Randy Couture also appeared in David Mamet’s REDBELT this year.
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