Recent Hollywood lore says producers were so impressed by WWF superstar The Rock (called Dwayne Johnson by his accountant) in his supporting performance as the Scorpion King in last years The Mummy Returns that they signed him upbefore that Brendan Fraser vehicle was even releasedfor the lead in a film based on the muscle-bound Conan-like warrior. Cheesy though it is, the movie deserves to be a hit, and its arched-brow hero a movie star. Thats not to say anyone involved with this flick will show up at next years Academy Awards ceremonies. But theres something intoxicating about the endless, kinetic battle scenes, the attitude unleashed by The Rock as well as co-stars Michael Clarke Duncan and Kelly Hu and the pure pulp-novel joy of this unabashed trash directed by Chuck Russell (The Mask,Eraser). The Scorpion King is, if you can dig this, a painting by swords-and-sorcery artist Frank Frazetta brought to the screen, complete with the Bronze Age cheesecake.