It’s almost here! San Andreas, the disaster movie where Dwayne Johnson comes to save the day (from an earthquake, no less!), opens in Singapore on Thursday (May 28).

But it’s not the first time that The Rock has taken on impossible odds and lived to tell the tale. Here’s three Dwayne Johnson movies that pile on the cheese – and make things extra fun in the process.

1. The Scorpion King (2002)



A spinoff from The Mummy franchise, it’s the story of how an ancient, ruthless warrior gains great power and becomes a um half-man half-scorpion. Yes, really.

Think of him as an Egyptian Conan, and in Johnson’s very first starring vehicle too. Wonder how his agent convinced him to sign on.

One review called it a typical summer movie, “designed to be consumed, enjoyed and forgotten all at once.” He got it spot on, because that’s exactly the kind of guilty pleasure The Scorpion King is.

It has The Rock kicking ass, large battle sequences and cheesy CGI. Not to mention the va-va-voom Kelly Hu, who spends most of the movie in a barely-there outfit.

2. G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)



Johnson rather does seem to specialise in male wish-fulfilment fantasies. In this case, it’s a series of toy figures come to life, complete with guns, lots of explosions and about as much connection to the real world as the WWE.

Johnson is Roadblock, a member of the elite G.I. Joe unit, which has been framed for stealing nuclear weapons. Together with Channing “Not My Gambit” Tatum and token female Adrianne Palicki, they must get payback and….oh, who really cares! This is G.I. Joe, not Shakespeare!

Yooooo, Joe!

3. Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

Source: Screencrush

Source: Screencrush

It’s pretty fitting that Johnson has a key role in what is probably the greatest male fantasy franchise of all. And gets to spout lines like these: “You keep runnin’ that pie-hole, and you’ll be smelling an ass-kickin’.”

As righteous federal agent Luke Hobbs, Johnson gives Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew a chance to clear their criminal records in exchange for – what else – one last job.

But that can’t happen without lots of car chases, improbable stunts and yes, guns a-blazing. Because life is all about some vaguely defined concept of brotherhood and loyalty that totes justifies destroying lots of beautiful cars for no reason at all.

In hindsight, the movie is also given added poignancy by the fact that it would turn out to be the late Paul Walker’s second last outing in the franchise.

And now, for the giveaway!

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