The Scorpion King

Continuity mistake: After Matathyus (The Rock) finishes fighting with Balthazar (Michael Clarke Duncan), Balthazar is sort of sitting down while Matathyus is standing. You see blood all over Balthazar's mouth. Then the shot goes back and forth between Matathyus and Balthazar three times. Each time there's not the same amount of blood in Balthazar's mouth. (00:55:10)

Factual error: In the very beginning of the movie, when Mathayus rescues Jesup, he fires several arrows at Jesup's would-be executioners, and the targets of these arrows fly backward, across the room, and smash out the side of the building. I don't think I need to go into a detailed discussion of physics on this. (00:02:00)

Factual error: In this movie, camels seem to be a common sight in Egypt. However, these animals did not appear in the Nile valley until ca 8-900 BC - more than 2,000 years after this movie takes place. (00:08:10)

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Other mistake: In the scene where Mathayus happens upon the hide out of Balthazar and his people and are confronting one another, Balthazar's necklaces change from being messily arranged to neatly graduated in frame to frame. Surely he wouldn't have been rearranging the necklaces while confronting the Arcadian? (00:53:20)

Continuity mistake: When Mathayus is launched out of the catapult, he is shot out of the window and lands in another room in the castle. A few shots later, the catapult is shown again but it is in the cocked position. The scientist was busy with his gunpowder and avoiding the guards - he wouldn't have re-set it, surely? (00:30:30)

The Sorceress: Rivers of blood can never bring peace.
Memnon: But they can bring obedience. That will suffice for now.

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Trivia: When the barbarian king is about to kill Mathayus's brother, he claims he's killed Babylonians, Mesopotamians, Assyrians, Chaldeans, and Sumerians, but he's never killed an Akkadian. In fact, all these civilizations are different names for people who lived in the Mesopotamia valley throughout much of ancient history. This is probably intentional, and may in fact be an inside joke.

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Question: In Roger Ebert's review, he says "...Mathayus intones, 'As long as one of us still breathes, the sorcerer will die.' See if you can spot the logical loophole." I can't - what's the problem with that line?

Jon Sandys Premium member

Chosen answer: By the way Mathayus is saying it, it sounds like he is saying as long as him or the sorcerer still breathes, either he or the sorcerer will die, but he is trying to say as long as one of the Akkadians are breathing, they will not stop trying to kill the sorcerer until he is dead.

T Poston

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