REVIEW: THE SCORPION KING 5: BOOK OF SOULS

Staring

Zach McGowan (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
Peter Mensah (Spartacus)
Pearl Thusi (Tremors 5)
Mayling Ng (Wonder Woman)
Katy Louise Saunders (Follow Your Dreams)
Howard Charles (Alex Rider)
Brandon Auret (Chappie)
Nathan Jones (Boar)
Peter Jessop (Justice League vs. the Fatal Five)
Rizelle Januk (Wide Eyed)

Zach McGowan in The Scorpion King: Book of Souls (2018)The narrator explains in ancient Egypt, before the time of the Pharaohs, King Memtep made a covenant with Anubis, lord of the underworld, to create a cursed sword so powerful that whosoever possessed it, could rule the world. The sword was fueled by taking souls of its enemies, the sword itself was forged in the fires of hell by Anubis, the names of those killed by the sword were forever written in the Book of Souls.The action opens with Nebserek plundering the Mespotamian tomb of King Memtep and stealing the Fang of Anubis sword. Khensa captures the blacksmith Mathayus and she kills the boy Abel. The Warrior of Nubia, Princess Tala, frees the blacksmith and heals him with the stings of scorpions. She tells him that her dead father, Balthazar, King of Nubia, told her to find the legendary Scorpion King to help bring peace to Egypt. She demands he join in a quest to end the evil empire of Nebserek and his jackal army. Priestess Mennofer warns Nebserek that his sword can be defeated by the Book of Souls. Her hawk delivers messages as needed.the-scorpion-king-book-of-souls-2018-posterOn the way to the Valley of the 13th Moon, Mathayus and Princess Tala are captured by Uruk, leader of the Black Arrows, for trespassing. Mathayus makes Uruk a challenge for their freedom. After defeating five warriors and sparing the life of Uruk, the two continue on their quest to the gateway of the Temple of Scrolls. The princess opens the sacred gate on the moonrise that is protected by a golem called Enkidu. A woman called Amina appears and explains that Enkidu was formed from clay and brought to life by magic. He is her protector. She tells them that she is the Book of Souls and that for every man killed by the Fang of Anubis she sees and feels. They trick Enkidu with fire and take the Book of Souls with them on their quest to her father’s tomb in Amonesh.TheScorpionKing2The three are attacked on a beach by Harhar and jackal soldiers. They kill them all with the help of Enkidu. They are attacked again by Khensa in the city. As they escape by boat, Amina sees and feels the death of King Tarqa by Nebserek. He was the brother of Tala and she is now queen. She wants to continue the quest. They find the tomb and inside the Sphinx, the guardian of knowledge and messenger of truth, they find the way to end the curse of the sword. They are all captured by Khensa.Scorpion-King-Book-of-Souls-screenshot-2-600x349Mathayus is chained up and Nebserek mocks him. Tala and Enkidu are jailed together. Nebserek talks to Amina, and jeers at her saying; “So you were going to take my sword, power and kingdom”. He orders the priestess to burn her. Scorpions sting the Scorpion King and he breaks free of his chains. Tala and Enkidu break out of the jail. Uruk and the Black Arrows attack and an arrow kills Mennofer. Nebserek and Mathayus fight one another and Tala and Khensa have their own separate battle. Enkidu is stabbed with the Fang of Anubis and falls into the bond fire. The Scorpion King kills Khensa with the jackal knife and throws Nebaerek into the fire. He takes the sword from the fire and now holds all of its power. Amina says he knows what he has to do to end the evil and free the souls. She as the Book of Souls walks onto the sword. She and the sword disappear into the air. The narrator declares that it is now the time of the Scorpion King.scorpion-king-book-of-soulsThe Scorpion King movies are my guilty pleasure. I enjoyed the first one immensely and somewhat the last couple of movies, I did not have much expectation from this one but, boy was I wrong, I was in for a surprise. This was awesome, the best Scorpiom King movie after the first one. A well thought out and smart movie which embraces the Scorpion King legacy and tries to follow the continutity laid out in Mummy 2 and the first Scorpion King movie. The sets and locations are pretty good, the costumes well done, the acting is above average, special shout out to Zach McGowan as the Scorpion King and Pearl Thusi as Tala.  The graphics are not very good but given the budget they did their best and it does not distract that much. The action is plenty and fastpaced.  The story has some ties from the first Scorpion king movie and more than once it reminded me of that movie. I missed The Rock in this one, I was imagining him in many of the scenes, but that does not mean the lead actor is bad, he is quite good, but he does not have the screen presence of Dwayne Johnson. If you are a Scorpion king fan or a fan of the Sword and sorcery genre, do check this out. 4 out of five stars.

REVIEW: THE LIZZIE McGUIRE MOVIE

CAST
Hilary Duff (Agent Cody Banks)
Adam Lamberg (Radiant City)
Hallie Todd (Sabrina: The Teenage Witch)
Robert Carradine (Timecop 2)
Jake Thomas (A.I.)
Alex Borstein (Family Guy)
Jody Racicot (Flash Gordon 2007)
Ona Grauer (Izombie)
Aaron Douglas (Battlestar Galactica 2004)
Evangeline Lilly (Lost)
Peter Kelamis (Stargate Universe)
Haylie Duff (The Addams Family Reunion
Katy Louise Saunders (The Scorpion King 5)
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The film begins as Lizzie McGuire (Hilary Duff) prepares for her junior-high graduation with her best friend, David “Gordo” Gordon (Adam Lamberg). During the ceremony, Lizzie trips onstage and accidentally brings the curtain down on her fellow graduates; this causes her to be teased by her ex-best friend, Kate Sanders (Ashlie Brillault), and her younger brother Matt (Jake Thomas). After graduation, Lizzie and her class embark on a trip to Rome chaperoned by their future high school principal, Angela Ungermeyer (Alex Borstein). To their dismay, Lizzie and Kate are assigned to the same hotel room.
Their class visits the Trevi Fountain, where Lizzie is approached by an Italian pop star named Paolo (Yani Gellman) who mistakes her for his singing partner, Isabella (also played by Duff). Paolo asks Lizzie to meet him at the fountain the next day, and she feigns illness to sneak away. He explains that he and Isabella are booked for the Italian Music Awards, but she left Italy after their breakup. Paolo tells Lizzie that Isabella lip syncs, and begs her to pose as Isabella for the concert. Although she reluctantly agrees, she begins to enjoy the life of an Italian pop star: designer clothes, dance rehearsals, and adoration from fans.
Lizzie continues to fake being ill to prepare for the concert, but Kate quickly figures out her secret. To Lizzie’s surprise, Kate agrees to help her and the two become friends again. Lizzie begins to fall in love with Paolo, to Gordo’s dismay. Ethan suspects Gordo is jealous of Paolo, though he insists otherwise. Meanwhile, Ms. Ungermeyer interrogates the students to learn who has been sneaking out. Gordo takes the blame, and is sent back home as punishment. Lizzie is shocked when Kate says that Gordo sacrificed himself to protect he.
Hilary Duff, Yani Gellman, and Brendan Kelly in The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003)
At the airport Gordo meets Isabella, who has returned for the concert and is upset to hear that Lizzie is impersonating her. She and Gordo realize that Paolo is planning to cut Lizzie’s microphone at the concert, demonstrating to the crowd that Isabella is a fake. Paolo is planning on ruining Isabella’s career and embarrassing Lizzie again. Gordo and Isabella rush to the concert to stop him. Back home, Matt browses the Internet and finds Italian gossip sites with pictures of Lizzie as Isabella. When he tells his parents, the family flies to Rome. Ms. Ungermeyer realizes that Lizzie is missing again, and Ethan accidentally reveals that she is at the Italian Music Awards. The class rushes to the concert to find Lizzie; Gordo and Isabella find her backstage preparing for the show, and warn her about Paolo’s scheme. Lizzie refuses to believe them at first, but Isabella insists that Gordo can be trusted and Paolo is using her.
Hilary Duff and Yani Gellman in The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003)
During the performance Isabella and Gordo expose Paolo by turning on his microphone, revealing his real voice. Embarrassed, Paolo runs off and is ambushed outside by paparazzi. His bodyguard, Sergei (Brendan Kelly), tells him it is time to face reality and quits. Sergei flirts with Ms. Ungermeyer, who has gotten the class and Lizzie’s family into the concert by beating up the bouncers. Isabella introduces Lizzie to the crowd, and has her sing “What Dreams Are Made Of”. As a singer, Lizzie gains a newfound confidence. Later, they celebrate at the hotel’s after party. Ms. Ungermeyer rescinds Gordo’s punishment, and Lizzie’s parents tell her she is grounded for the rest of the summer. Lizzie and Gordo sneak away from the party to go up to the roof. They promise to never let things change between them. The two kiss and rejoin the party.
This film is okay for kids who like Lizzy McGuire. I don’t think it will be watched over and over like some of our films, it is nice to see Evangeline Lilly before she did Lost.