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The Scorpion King (2002) poster

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0277296/
http://www.the-scorpion-king.com/

A bounty hunter from an extinct tribe is hired to undermine the power of an evil king, but the woman he is meant to kill is hot, and complicates things.

As long as it is taken for what it is, it will be entertaining. It is an action movie through and through, and must not be taken as having much of a link to a historical past. It's not serious, and not meant to be. It's packed with action, has a reasonable story and its lead character is spectacular.

A lot of people would take this as a direct prequel or spiritual prequel to The Mummy Returns - (2001 movie), but that perspective must not be kept in mind!

Spoiler

At its face, this movie does not have anything similar except for a prequel "birth of a supervillain". Therein is the problem.

The Mummy Returns has a dislikeable (and uncannily-rendered) villain, while The Scorpion King has a likeable lead character.

To link the two movies would require a likeable character, whose victory takes an entire movie to come to fruition, to become evil for a terrible character in a terrible movie.

It takes a twisted mind to take a nice character from a later and good movie to somehow tie it to a bad character from an earlier and terrible movie. Don't have this perspective in mind. Don't try. Sever all ties between these two movies, and enjoy this movie as a separate universe.



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The Mummy Returns (2001) poster

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0209163/
http://www.themummy.com/

Visions of a past life lead a woman to an ancient treasure, but it is also sought by others to both raise the dead and an army.

While it would be unfair to say this movie stinks, it's not great. The computer graphics used in it are uncanny and intrusive. It has action for action's sake, and where a light bubblegum movie is what it is, this movie lays it on intentionally thick, making it aggravating. Fans of its predecessor, The Mummy - (1999 movie), will find the feelings instilled by it are not reproduced in this sequel. It is an obvious money-grab.



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This has no relation to The Mummy - (2017 movie).

The Mummy (1999) poster

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120616/
http://www.universalstudiosentertainment.com/the-mummy-1999

Seeking ancient Egyptian treasure, amateur archaeologists unleash a curse that threatens the world.

Quite good. Light-hearted fun, with comedy that's not intrusive, plot that makes sense, good acting, and special effects that do their job without being uncanny.



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Gods of Egypt (2016) poster

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2404233/

The gods fuck around and threaten all mortals, but it's up to one mortal to help a downtrodden god to be a not-downtrodden god and save the day.

The day is saved. Entertainment was had. Possibly worth a watch, but I think it's fluff even for for movies like this one.



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Stargate (1994) poster

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0111282/
http://www.mgm.com/title_title.do?title_star=STARGATE

An ancient discovery in Egypt, from before the pyramids, is found to be a gateway to another world which is still kept as a slave planet by Ra, a self-appointed god who is an alien just trying to get by.

A fantastic movie. Not exactly mandatory. Perhaps elements of it don't feel like they have held up well, or maybe there has been so much excellent science fiction before, during and since its time.



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Stargate SG-1 (1997-2007) poster

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(on Wikipedia)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt118480/
http://stargate.mgm.com/view/series/1/index.html
http://syfy.com/stargate/ (archive)

Having discovered an interplanetary teleporter, humans bumble around by sending teams through to other worlds.

Seems pretty good so far. It's definitely got the "TV series" feel to it, which explains how many seasons there are.

  • See Stargate viewing order. This series follows from Stargate - (1994 movie)

    • Watching that movie is not mandatory to watch this series.
    • This series has different actors.

  • The stylized "A" in the title (with the middle bar missing and the circle over it) is a reference to that symbol representing the Earth when programming a stargate.



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