The Scorpion King

Year: 2002
Studio: Universal
Director: Chuck Russell
Producer: Stephen Sommers
Writer: Stephen Sommers/Jonathan Hales/William Osborne/David Hayter
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Michael Clarke Duncan, Kelly Hu, Grant Heslov

This spin off from The Mummy Returns properly introduced audiences to The Rock but didn't bother to introduce us to any originality in the story or style.

The most notable thing about it was the departure from the tone of The Mummy franchise, which might have hurt it at the box office and among fans. Those hoping for another Indiana Jones-lite adventure of the kind we got from Rick (Fraser) and Evelyn (Weisz) would have been quite disappointed. It was more like a Conan-lite swords and sorcery film (and not even a really very good one – the operative term here being 'lite').

Where Mathayus (Johnson) was the villain at the end of The Mummy Returns, here he's the hero, a brave warrior who rises up against the despotic leader of an avenging army etc etc etc. There aren't even any of the cool effects of The Mummy films, and before he found his feet, The Rock wasn't enough to carry a whole film.

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