The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption
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|The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption|
DVD release cover
|Directed by||Roel Reine|
|Produced by||Leslie Belzberg|
|Screenplay by||Brendan Cowles
|Story by||Randall McCormick|
|Music by||Trevor Morris|
|Edited by||Matthew Friedman
|Distributed by||Universal 1440 Entertainment|
The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption (previously known as The Scorpion King: Book of the Dead) is a 2012 direct-to-video action-war fantasy film released on January 10, 2012. It is the third installment in The Scorpion King franchise and stars Victor Webster in the title role with supporting roles by Bostin Christopher, Temuera Morrison, Krystal Vee, Selina Lo, Kimbo Slice, Dave Bautista, Billy Zane, and Ron Perlman. This film continues the story of Mathayus, after he becomes the Scorpion King at the end of The Scorpion King and focuses on Mathayus battling Talus and trying to stop him from claiming the Book of the Dead.
A handful of years after giving Mathayus the prophecy that his peaceful kingdom wouldn't last forever, Cassandra dies. Mathayus allows his kingdom to fall apart in the aftermath of the deadly plague which claimed his wife's life and he believes his reign of nobility to be over. Mathayus then becomes a mercenary once more, just as he was prior to his war with Memnon. Talus is the younger brother of Horus, a powerful king of Egypt wishes to conquer his brother's kingdom since Horus was made the king over him. In order to do so Talus, along with his army, goes to the Far East to steal the Book of the Dead from Ramusan, a king who is an ally of Horus. To stop Talus, Horus hires Mathayus and pairs him up with the Scandinavian warrior Olaf. In turn, Talus kidnaps Ramusan's daughter, Silda. Ramusan then tells Mathayus that if he can save his daughter, he will have the right to wed her and once again raise a kingdom.
Before Mathayus manages to rescue Silda, she is whisked away by the ninja army of the mysterious "Cobra". Talus hires Mathayus and Olaf to bring back the princess as well as Cobra's head. They wind up in an exiles' camp led by Cobra, who turns out to be Silda herself. Talus then arrives at Ramusan's palace and takes the Book of the Dead while injuring Ramusan. With this, he reanimates the dead warriors Zulu Kondo, Agromael and Tsukai. In a test to see their strength, Talus orders them to kill his best men which they do easily. Tsukai and Zulu Kondo are ordered to attack the exiles' camp. Working together, Mathayus, Olaf and Silda's ninjas manage to defeat Zulu Kondo in battle. However, Tsukai manages to escape.
Mathayus and Olaf return to Ramusan's palace, now Talus' headquarters. They pretend to have rescued Silda and present a severed head supposedly belonging to Cobra. Talus still intends to marry Silda and takes her to his sleeping chambers. Mathayus attacks Talus, who is saved by the timely intervention of Tsukai. Mathayus pursues Talus while Silda faces Tsukai. At the same time, Olaf attempts to get the Book of the Dead but has to fight Agromael. While Talus faces the wrath of the ninjas, Mathayus somehow finds the ailing Ramusan and together they use the Book of the Dead to prevent Tsukai and Agromael from killing Silda and Olaf, respectively.
With Ramusan dying in his daughter's arms and Talus left to face the wrath of the ninjas, Tsukai and Agromael bow down to Mathayus as the new ruler of Ramusan and Talus' kingdoms. When Horus arrives at the city gates, he is greeted by Mathayus, who has taken up the mantle of Scorpion King once more.
During the credits, it's revealed Mathayus and Silda shared a kiss on the night of their earlier party, though Silda appears to leave the prospects of a relationship with him behind as she bestows him the artifact which could one day be used to contact Anubis. While Mathayus may still have a while before deciding to lead his people on his fated quest to take over the known world, his destiny is now more clear than ever in the subtly more militant stance he has taken compared to where he was at the end of the prior original film, with the Book of the Dead left intact for the subsequent events in The Mummy and the Scorpion King's own journey paved for the opening sequence of The Mummy Returns.
- Victor Webster as Mathayus, the Scorpion King
- Bostin Christopher as Olaf
- Temuera Morrison as King Ramusan
- Krystal Vee as Princess Silda/Cobra
- Selina Lo as Tsukai
- Kevin 'Kimbo Slice' Ferguson as Zulu Kondo
- Dave Bautista as Agromael
- Billy Zane as King Talus
- Ron Perlman as Horus
- Brandon Cohen as Salim
- Kelly Hu as Cassandra
The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption was met with mixed to negative critical reception. IGN, who gave the film a 4/10 rating, criticized it for "wretched dialogue, awful acting (Victor Webster stumbles over every sentence he's handed), and stagey action, much of which plays more like rehearsal than the real deal. [...] My bar was very low, and yet the film somehow found a way to sink beneath it." Jason Best of TVTimes: "The storytelling is so ham-fisted that you really need to be a confirmed fan of the action fantasy genre to sit through all the boring stuff in between." Conversely, CraveOnline gave the film a 7/10 rating and commented: "If I had to rank them, I'd say The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption is the least of the Scorpion King movies (they've been subtly deteriotating since the first one), lacking as it does a dashing lead performance or a particularly involving storyline. but it’s still a damned fun B-movie, with likable characters and a series of entertainingly produced action sequences for fantasy movie fans of all stripes."
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A fourth film in the franchise has been released, entitled The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power. Victor Webster reprised his role from the third film. Michael Biehn, Rutger Hauer, Lou Ferrigno, and former 2007 WWE Diva Search winner Eve Torres also joined the cast.
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