Imagine if you allowed the minds behind WWE to make a film and that would be the level of quality you get with this unmitigated disaster. It is so poorly acted and executed that it is close to unwatchable. While the first Scorpion King was a pretty entertaining bit of action fluff starring the likable Dwayne Johnson this is a film that trips over its own feet time and time again.
The infamous Scorpion King Mathayus (Victor Webster – from television’s Continuum) is sent by his king to negotiate with the King of Norvania. This is after being double crossed by the King’s son, Drazen (Will Kemp – Van Helsing, Step Up 2: The Streets). The tension between the two men is palpable, but it seems like the King is coming over to Mathayus’ side. Just as this is happening he falls over dead, a victim of poisoning. The quick thinking Drazen seizes the opportunity and casts the blame on Mathayus. Suddenly Mathayus is being pursued and jailed for the murder of the King of Norvania.
While in prison he meets a woman named Valina (Ellen Hollman – from television’s Spartacus: War of the Damned), who also claims to have been wrongly imprisoned by her former fiancé, Drazen. The two reluctantly band together to escape and she brings Mathayus to her father’s, Sorrell (Barry Bostwick – The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Hannah Montana: The Movie), house.
Together the three try to stop Drazen, who is now calling himself King of Norvania, from getting his hands on an ancient power that will make him unbeatable and enable him to rule the entire world.
As I began watching this I could see it wasn’t top quality, but hoped against hope that it would fall into the it’s so bad it is good category. Unfortunately that did not pan out. There are some good low budget sword and sandal films out there that are good for mindless entertainment. This is not one of them.
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