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2. The Scorpion King

Hemal Jhaveri April 8, 2022

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This week on Ten Movies:

Swords! Wizards! Loincloths! Dwayne Johnson’s 2002 debut feature film is a D&D game set to a heavy metal soundtrack and if you are a 14-year-old boy, or simply have a taste for the simple yet earnest cultural products that might appeal to a 14-year-old boy, then The Scorpion King may be for you. After watching The Scorpion King, Hemal and Brian (the co-hosts of Ten Movies) both agreed that, whatever its faults, the movie was a romp.

Those faults include the movie’s dismissive treatment of its (lone) woman character, though we could not, in good conscience, object her to skimpy costume, as no one is wearing a whole lot in this movie.

The Scorpion King was directed by Chuck Russell, and stars Steven Brand, Kelly Hu, Grant Heslov, and the late Michael Clarke Duncan, in addition to Dwayne Johnson. Also, spoiler alert, The Rock has a full head of hair in this movie, so if you are used to thinking of him as canonically bald, as we are, it’s a bit of a shock.


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