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The Scorpion King

July 30th, 2008 by Rebecca Harper Editor

Few actors have capitalized on the tough-guy-with-a-heart-of-gold character as much as Dwayne Johnson, a.k.a. The Rock. The former WWE wrestling star (tagline: “Do you smell what The Rock is cooking?”) has shown off his fighting skills in plenty of movies, but he seems to prefer those roles where he can show off his softer side, too. Case in point: today’s Hulu Days of Summer feature, The Scorpion King.

Providing the back story to Mathayus’ rise to become the Scorpion King we met in The Mummy Returns, The Scorpion King takes place in Egypt 5,000 years before Brendan Fraser ever came onto the scene. As the last true Akkadian mercenary, Mathayus is tasked with assassinating Memnon’s sorceress, whose all-seeing powers are allowing the tyrant to rule the empire with an iron fist.

Wisely, lots of action keeps The Scorpion King moving along — after all, The Rock was still fine-tuning his acting chops when this was filmed. With plenty of hand-to-hand combat and a sandstorm of a fight, the pro wrestler puts his years of grappling to good use. Sadly, the People’s Elbow, The Rock’s signature move, doesn’t come into play. That’s okay, though. There’s an insolent camel, CGI fire ants and a sultry sorceress to make up for it. And it’s here on Hulu, just in time for the premiere of The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, in theaters tomorrow.

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Last comment: Aug 24th 2008 2 Comments
  • aris says:

    you guys rock

  • Butner says:

    Thank you guys SO MUCH for the hard work you put into bringing all these shows and movies to us. If it weren’t for Hulu I honestly don’t know what I would think of the entertainment industry. If you guys ever went away I would honestly cry for a month.

    And I have no heart. So, like double prizes.