By Fred Topel | Image property of respective holders
The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior
The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior is amazing. It's got all the production value of a real movie, yet it's just not a real movie. They have the same lavish studio sets, convoluted storyline and second rate CGI work of feature films, but it's little kids playing dress up.
Blu-Ray Review: The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior
On Blu Ray, the disparity is even more striking. You'll see every little detail carved into the pyramid-style tombs, underground catacombs and desert landscapes. The ridiculous CGI creatures will stand out from the backgrounds, since they are digital elements. The ancient Egyptian sets glow golden like the flashbacks in the Mummy movies (unlike the plain desert from the original Scorpion King). You'll just wonder why there are no real actors.
Granted, this story is almost designed to be inconsequential, as each prequel informs less and less about the character. The Mummy Returns explains how he became The Scorpion King. The Scorpion King has barely a mention of scorpions. This one has him go to scorpion training school but still has nothing to do with what happens later. He just fights an evil king after a magical journey.
Bravo to all the young hopefuls who earned their SAG card on this, even to Randy Couture who will need to pay his dues as heavies before being a legitimate action hero. And Bravo for putting it out on Blu Ray. It's obviously the only expense they spared on this production.