The Scorpion King

In the ancient Middle East, long before pyramids were built and mummies were made, one man (The Rock) stands tall against tyranny

In the ancient Middle East, long before pyramids were built and mummies were made, one man (The Rock) stands tall against tyranny.

Playing like an old-style matinee adventure, the non-stop knockabout action is nicely leavened with wisecracks (‘There’s no greater city than Gomorrah – except maybe Sodom!’) and wrestling star The Rock shows himself to be a charismatic big screen hero.

His role here was a spin-off from his Scorpion King supporting turn in The Mummy Returns, only now he’s the good guy. Steven Brand is the warlord he has to battle, Kelly Hi is a sorceress he finds time to woo, Michael Clarke Duncan adds some vital extra muscle, Peter Facinelli is another villain and Bernard Hill supplies the anachronistic gunpowder.