More than anything, Rock's
persona carries 'Scorpion'
By Geronimo Rodriguez
Daily Cougar Staff
The Scorpion King is full of action scenes
— a few long enough that one could doze off and not have missed a thing
— and doesn't have much
of a storyline, but the charisma and appeal
of its star, The Rock, keeps the crowd engrossed in the film.
Photo courtesy of Universal
Kelly Hu and WWF superstar
The Rock star in the new action film The Scorpion King.
The famous wrestler's character, Mathayus,
fills most of his scenes with facial expressions and one-liners — nothing
different from his persona
in the ring — but they work well, especially
with action films.
Ladies, don't worry: There are a good number
of scenes that will get the women in the theater hootin' and a-hollerin'.
The guys will have to settle for the fight
scenes, which rely heavily on sword play.
The scenes would have played out better
if Rock's Mathayus battled some sort of villainous enemy.
The film introduces Scorpion's main antagonist
Memnon, played by Steven Brand, in the first few scenes. Give this character
a look or two and
you'll think the filmmakers had intended
Brand's character to resemble Russell Crowe's character in Gladiator. If
that was the case, it never
Any ideas they had of building an ultimate
confrontation between Memnon and Mathayus for the climax didn't work, either.
There are a few scenes in which Mathayus
stumbles into a group of women who look as if they are preparing for a
There's nothing wrong with the barely clad
women, but just how long has Revlon been around? One would assume that
these scenes were
intended just for laughs.
Speaking of laughs, Scorpion earns a few
here and there with corny one-liners, but the dialogue proves to be nothing
more than that.
The plot begins when Mathayus, a mercenary,
finds that Memnon has killed off his people.
Save for his followers, Memnon intends
to conquer the world by using a sorceress, played by Kelly Hu, who has
the power to see the future.
Chuck Russell's directing doesn't stray
much from what Stephen Sommers' does in The Mummy series.
Jonathan Hales' story even resembles the
film Scorpion was spun off of, enough to where Scorpion could almost be
called the third
installment of The Mummy.
Scorpion only works because of The Rock's
presence; audiences will anticipate his next move until the story's end.
Unfortunately, Scorpion hardly overwhelms
as an action/adventure form of entertainment.
Let us hope that Hales, who also co-wrote
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, has better ideas in store for
The Scorpion King
** 1/2 (out of five stars)
Starring: The Rock, Steven Brand, Kelly