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The Scorpion King – ITV4

Dwayne Johnson fights an adversary in a burning room

A rip-roaring adventure spin-off from The Mummy films. 4/5 stars

In the ancient Middle East, long before pyramids were built and mummies were made, one man (Dwayne Johnson, aka 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 Johnson (then still billed under his wrestling star name The Rock) proved 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.