The Scorpion King (2002)

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The Scorpion King
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Genre: Adventure
Directed By: Chuck Russell
Written By: Stephen Sommers
David Hayter
Starring: Dwayne Johnson
Kelly Hu
Michael Clarke Duncan
Steven Brand
Release Date: April 19, 2002
Runtime: 92 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $60 million
Box Office: $180.6 million
Franchise: The Scorpion King
Sequel: The Scorpion King 2: Rise of the Warrior

The Scorpion King is a 2002 American action-adventure fantasy film directed by Chuck Russell, starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Kelly Hu, Michael Clarke Duncan, Steven Brand and Bernard Hill. The film is a spin-off/prequel to the 2001 film The Mummy Returns. It was distributed by Universal Pictures.


In prehistoric times, Mathayus is the last Akkadian. He finds a sorceress who helps him defeat Memnon.

Why It Rocks

  1. It has an impressive starring debut for Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
  2. While the soundtrack is anachronistic, it's pretty good, especially "I Stand Alone" by Godsmack.
  3. Michael Clarke Duncan, Kelly Hu and Steven Brand did a great job portraying their characters.
  4. The Akkadian Creed "Live free, die well" is pleasant to hear. In the end, Balthazar changes the last part for Mathayus with "rule well".
  5. The cast is quite diverse by 2002 standards.
  6. The Universal logo song was pitched down to the same tone as “I Stand Alone”.
  7. Unlike The Mummy films, this film is more reliant on practical effects.
  8. It’s better to watch than the direct-to-video follow-ups.

Bad Qualities

  1. The movie can feel a little cheesy.
  2. We aren't sure if the Scorpion King in The Mummy Returns is either Mathayus or his descendant.
  3. Unless you count the end credits, Cassandra’s name wasn’t revealed.


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