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"See how the legend of The Scorpion King began!"

“The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior” is a prequel to the previous film starring Dwayne Johnson. Mathayus is a young boy that defies his father’s wishes and goes to fight in the arena. After Mathayus’ friend Layla is thrown out of the arena, Mathayus attacks the trainer Sargon which impresses enough that he is entered in training to become a Black Scorpion warrior.

Mathayus’ father, Ashur, is killed by scorpions before his training begins. Years later Mathayus, who has sworn to avenge his father’s death, has finished his training and is reunited with Layla and the rest of his family. Noah, Mathayus’ brother, is ordered to be killed by the new king Sargon for being disloyal. Mathayus disobeys Sargon’s order and frees Noah while attacking Sargon himself. Mathayus barely escapes but Noah is killed by a magic arrow that was fired by Sargon after them.

Ari, a Greek, aids Mathayus and tells him that he has to use the Sword of Damocles to kill Sargon. Mathayus enlists the help of mercenaries meant as sacrifices to the Minotaur. The group is nearly killed by the goddess Astarte in the Underworld but is able to get away with the sword.

Eventually Mathayus enters into combat with Sargon, Ari is betrays Mathayus by giving him the sword but soon after reemerges with the real sword which he gives to Mathayus. Sargon transforms into a scorpion during the battle and is killed by Mathayus with the sword.

Mathayus is wounded and is nursed back to health by Layla. He meets Astarte again in a dream and she informs him he’ll receive no mercy from her when he finally dies but now is not his time. He awakes to Layla, who urges Mathayus to become king but he refuses, instead choosing to live a life full of adventure. He knows that one day he will become the Scorpion King.

| 2008 | 1 hr 49 min | 3.8/10
Michael Copon, Karen David, Simon Quarterman, Tom Wu

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