The Mummy was a fun slice of Indiana Jones-style popcorn cinema. The Mummy Returns was an unwatchable mix of lousy acting, absurd plotting and far too much bad CGI. The question is, which of the two will this spin-off have more in common with?
Well, it's more like Conan The Barbarian-lite, but,anyway, here's a quick plot rundown. Assassin Mathayus (The Rock) has been hired to kill the sorceress (Kelly Hu), who is being used by the evil warrior Memnon (Steven Brand) to guide his armies to victory. Along the way he teams up with Michael Clarke Duncan's imposing Nubian warrior and discovers that the sorceress is even less keen on Memnon than he is.
Despite the 15 certificate, The Scorpion King is clearly geared towards the younger end of the teen market (lots of flesh and violence on display, but nothing too explicit). While it's no more original than its predecessors, this doesn't stop the film being a lot of fun, and there's simply no getting away from the fact that on the basis of this, The Rock could become one of the biggest action stars of the decade.
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