Monday, April 22, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 135



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 Pictures

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 calendar shoot.

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 audiences.

The Scorpion King

** 1/2 (out of five stars)

Rated: PG-13

Starring: The Rock, Steven Brand, Kelly Hu

Universal Pictures

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