In an ancient time, predating the pyramids, King Memnon is using the psychic powers of his sorceress Cassandra to for tell his great victories.
In a last ditch effort to stop Memnon from taking over the world, the leaders of the remaining free tribes hire the assassin Mathayus to kill the sorceress.
But Mathayus ends up getting much more than he bargained for.
Now with the help of the trickster Arpid, tribal leader Balthazar and an unexpected ally, it's up to Mathayus to fulfill his destiny and become the great Scorpion King.....
A silly spin off of an even sillier movie, The Scorpian King is by the numbers Conan piffle, but it does show that Dwayne Johnson had very good screen presence, even though the script is dire.
Russell is a good director, and knows how to handle a high concept movie, but here he loses the plot.....and then some.
So what we are left with is Johnson and the great film writer Grant Heslov walking around the desert, bickering, having fights, bickering some more, and chasing after the cut price Sean Pertwee.
There isn't any urgency in the movie, the set pieces are lethargic, and Kelly Hu's hair is always in the wrong place.
It's the Fast and the Furious of sword and sandals movies, and it just plods on and on, until the predictable finale.
If your a fan of Johnson, forget this, and start with The Rundown, at least it's fun.