Franchise Weekend – The Scorpion King: Rise of a Warrior (2008)

Director: Russel Mulcahy

Writer: Randall McCormick (Screenplay) Stephen Sommers (Characters)

Starring: Michael Copon, Randy Couture, Natalie Becker, Karen David, Simon Quarterman, Tom Wu, Andreas Wisniewski

 

Plot: In Ancient Akkad, Mathayus grows up as the proud son of Ashur, a captain in the world-renowned military corps of Black Scorpions, first-rate bodyguards, most of which are sent to courts wide away. By objecting to young Mathayus joining the corps, Ashur incurs the undying enmity of ruthless generalissimo Sargon, gets killed and the orphaned knave is shipped off to a desolate training camp for six years by king Hammurabi’s clemency. When he returns as a Black Scorpio, Sargon has bloodily seized the throne and demands cruel proof of blind loyalty. Mathayus refuses, becoming a chased hero. With youth friends, the resourceful Greek Pollux and various mercenary warriors, he embarks on a daring quest to obtain a legendary sword from Sargon’s magical ally, the war-goddess Astarte.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Re-Writing Mythology Sequel

 

Story: The Scorpion King: Rise of a Warrior starts with an origin story, yay, Mathayus’ father Ashur was part of the elite warriors known as thee Black Scorpions but objects of his son following in his footsteps but after Mathayus finds himself training under the ruthless general Sargon (Couture) making an early enemy within the kingdom. When his father is killed by Sargon, Mathayus has no proof, so he sets out to prove himself by learning the ways of the Black Scorpions, but upon his return Sargon has risen to power.

When Mathayus (Copon) refuses to surround blind loyalty to Sargon, he learns the strength he posses with the dark arts and must train to return to bring down the tyrant Sargon with the help of friends along the way including old friend Layla (David), Ari (Quarterman) and Pollux (Wisniewski) who must first fight against the Minotaur.

 

Thoughts on The Scorpion King: Rise of a Warrior

 

Characters/PerformanceMathayus is the young warrior trained in the art of the Black Scorpion which again goes against everything we have learnt in the first two films. But away from these strange new character developments, he is mostly just a warrior seeking revenge for the murder of his father. Layla is the strong adventurous woman that wants to be a warrior and love interest for Mathayus. Sargon is the deadly warrior who has become king, he has used the dark magic to gain his power and makes for a great opposition for Mathayus.

Performance wise, Copon doesn’t reach the levels we have come to expect from this character with Johnson’s ability in the leading role. Karen David is good in the lead lady role with Couture struggling to make the impact with his villainous role but he can handle the fights well.

StoryLooking at the story, we get a prequel to the prequel that was involving a character from a sequel, yeah it is getting confusing already. This time Mathayus gets trained by the Black Scorpions and works under a king in what is a flat-out revenge adventure action fantasy film. we dive into a mix of mythologies now mixing Greek and Egyptian and a deadlier villain. It works as a one of film but as a sequel it is almost irrelevant.

Action/Adventure The action is plenty of combat scenes which all are fine without being anything special with the adventure being to the underworld and back which does make for a good fantasy side to everything.

SettingsThe settings all look fine but you don’t identify with enough of them for the ancient world.

Special EffectsThe weakest of all here are the special effects that are nearly all awful looking CGI.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fine starter for an action adventure on low budget but as a sequel/prequel it goes in the wrong direction for me.

 

Overall: Easy to watch action adventure.

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2018 Anticipated Film #3 Maze Runner: The Death Cure

2018 Anticipated Film

2017 was one of my favourite years for movies in years, so through the month of December I am going to look at 31 movies that I am looking forward to in the year of 2018, they are not in any order just 31 I want to discuss.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure

Main CastDylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Alton Goggins, Nathalie Emmanuel

Plot – Young hero Thomas embarks on a mission to find a cure for a deadly disease known as the “Flare”.

Will I Enjoy It?With all the young adults films flooding the market, the one that I did enjoy was the first two Maze Runners and I want to see where this series ends up going.

Will it be successful? I personally think it might fail in the box office, this choice is solely because I think I will enjoy this I doubt the many part audience members will enjoy.

Release Date (UK)9th February 2018