Review Date: April 17, 2002
Director: Chuck Russell
Writer: Stephen Sommers, David Hayter, Will Osborne
Producers: Stephen Sommers, James Jacks, Kevin Micher
The Rock as The Scorpion King
Kelly Hu as Cassandra
Michael Clarke Duncan as Balthazar
His own charisma also comes through the character, despite the pretty bad dialogue that he (and others like him) are forced to deliver ("Live free...die well" Huhh???). Thankfully, there wasn't as much mumbo-jumbo talk as I believed there would be, as the filmmakers seemed smart enough to zone in on what was best for such a movie: action, small interlude, action, comic relief, action, babes and yes, more action! Most of the physical interplay in the movie wasn't too creative though...sword clashes and all that jazz. I did like the fact that they stayed away from CGI, for the most part, and thankfully spared us any more of that horrid scorpion king CGI which ruined the ending of THE MUMMY RETURNS for me. Yikes! I still can't believe how bad that looked. Incidentally, wasn't he a "bad guy" in that movie? Hmmmm, they didn't really explain that here, but I guess plot analysis isn't exactly the thing to do with this kind of movie. When you get juicy lines of dialogue like the Rock saying "I've come for the woman...and your head!" you really should know what to expect. I would however advise that you wait for video to see this flick, since it doesn't really bring anything new or original to the forefront.
It includes the usual annoying "comic relief" character (who most people in the audience seemed to enjoy), a "cute" kid who gets in on the act (yawn), a boring "bad guy" and plenty of the Rock shirtless and kicking ass (which ain't all bad, actually). Oh yeah, I also want to mention the lovely Kelly Hu, who walks around half-naked for most of the film (with loin cloths in just the right places), and sports a hot little body to boot. Will this film blow you away? No. Does it have a good story? Actually, maybe the question should be "Does it even have a story?" The answer to both of those questions is "no", but the film consistently pummels you with action, offers a pretty decent showing from the Rock and did feature one really cool scene in which the People's Champion is buried up to his neck in sand, while a zillion giant red ants start to make their way towards him. The way in which the Rock took care of a few of those insects is more of what the film needed: more originality, more fun, more Rock, baby!! The man's already got charisma up the yin-yang, so why have him mask it under another, more boring character for the movie? Here's hoping that his next step up to bat will fly higher than this one.