The Scorpion King (DVD, 2002, Widescreen)
Leading Role: Michael Clarke Duncan
Rating: PG-13 Director: Chuck Russell
Release Date: Oct 01, 2002
Genre: Action, Adventure
Region: DVD: 1 (US, CA)
Wrestler-turned-actor The Rock gets his first starring role with THE SCORPION KING. A prequel to Stephen Sommers' wildly successful THE MUMMY (1999) and THE MUMMY RETURNS (2001), THE SCORPION KING tells the action-packed story of Mathayus (Rock), an Akkadian assassin who is the only man strong enough to destroy the vile Memnon (Steven Brand). Memnon, a power hungry warlord, uses the prescience of Cassandra (Kelly Hu), a beautiful seer, to ensure an endless succession of victories. Understanding that to defeat Memnon one must first eliminate Cassandra, Mathayus journeys to Gomorrah to infiltrate Memnon's palace and kill Cassandra. But when he lays eyes on the sultry beauty, he is unable to take her life. It isn't long before sparks begin flying and Cassandra is using her powers to aid Mathayus and his cohorts, including the bumbling Arpid (Grant Heslov), and Balthazar (Michael Clark Duncan), a powerful tribe leader who is also looking for a way to end Memnon's reign. Ignoring a vision from Cassandra that predicts his death, Mathayus charges into battle nonetheless, hoping to silence Memnon once and for all. Playing the sensitive, courageous hero, The Rock proves that his appeal is not only relegated to the small screen.
Producer: Kevin Misher, Sean Daniel, James Jacks
Cast: Michael Clarke Duncan, The Rock, Bernard Hill, Grant Heslov, Kelly Hu, Steven Brand
"...Russell keeps things going at a brisk, no-nonsense pace..."
Sight and Sound - Edward Lawrenson (06/01/2002)
"...The Rock has found the perfect vehicle for his particular brand of brawn....The silly style is pitch-perfect..."
Box Office - Annlee Ellingson (06/01/2002)
"...With his striking good looks, powerful physique and ease before the camera, the Rock undergoes transition from entertainment-sports celebrity to movie star as if to the manner born..."
Variety - Dennis Harvey (04/22/2002)
"...The Rock displays an impressive versatility....Its cheerfully anachronistic and anachronistically cheerful..."
Total Film - Dan Jolin (06/01/2002)
"...It has high energy, the action never stops, the dialogue knows it's funny, and The Rock has the authority to play the role and the fortitude to keep a straight face..."
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (04/19/2002)
"...The Rock commands the screen as naturally as he does the ring..."
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman (04/26/2002)
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