If you haven’t already heard, there are two exciting Dwayne Johnson films due out this year: Rampage on 6th April, and Skyscraper on 13th July. The former sees Johnson tackling a mutated giant gorilla, the latter a group of nefarious baddies in the world's biggest building. Get pumped by watching the trailers below.
Can you smell what The Rock is cooking? We can – it looks like both are shaping up to be great big, rollicking, action-packed popcorn fests. Just in case you aren’t already super hyped, here are five of the action megastar’s most epic movie moments.
1. San Andreas (2015) – Earthquake skydiving
For a film about an epic megaquake and ensuing tsunamis, it’s not really surprising that there’s a veritable bounty of heart-pounding action-filled moments on offer here. But without doubt, the crème de la crème of such moments is when our unflappable hero, Raymond 'Ray' Gaines, leaps from a helicopter with his estranged wife (Carla Gugino) and tandem skydives into the heart of the utterly unforgiving magnitude 9.6 earthquake. What could be more epic than that?
2. Hercules (2014) – Breaker of chains
We all know Hercules for his superhuman strength and all-round badassery. And with Dwayne Johnson comfortably filling the sandals of our titular hero, it’s fair to say we’ve been a little bit spoiled with this 2014 remake.
Of course, there are many action-filled moments here – almost too many to choose from – but if there’s one key scene that perfectly captures our hero’s God-given might, it’s the one where he breaks free from his captor’s chains after soaking in the stirring words of fellow captive Amphiaraus the Seer (Ian McShane). "I am HERCULES!" he shouts, before proceeding to one-hit-kill the executioner and slaughter three savage wolves in quick succession. If that isn’t epic, it’s hard to say what is.
3. The Other Guys (2010) – "Aim for the bushes"
Okay, so our beloved action hero wasn’t the star of this one, but that doesn’t mean Johnson's performance as Chris Danson was devoid of any gallant moments. In fact, Johnson could easily lay claim to perhaps the most epic moment in the entire thing, when he and colleague P.K. Highsmith (Samuel L. Jackson) jump from the top of a twenty-story building in pursuit of "professional" bad guys.
Admittedly, this leap of faith doesn’t go too well, as Danson and Highsmith proceed to faceplant the pavement like a truck slamming into a wall. Still, it’s one hell of an epic scene.
4. Fast Five (2011) – Hobbs vs Toretto
As inevitable as death and taxes, an epic on-screen punch-up between Johnson and Vin Diesel was always going to happen. The question was, would it live up to the hype? Well, after more than two minutes trading blows, ploughing through plasterboard and flying through windows, it’s fair to say that this match-up of cinematic heavyweights did indeed deliver. It’s just a shame it couldn’t go on for 12 rounds...
5. The Mummy Returns (2001) – Meet the Scorpion King
We get a cursory glimpse of Johnson as the corporeal Scorpion King at the start of the 2001 sequel to The Mummy. In this opening sequence, we’re told about how he came to sell his soul to Anubis, so that he could live long enough to defeat his enemies. But it’s his reveal as the half-scorpion half-man Scorpion King towards the end of the film that’s the real epic moment here.
How does it unfold? Well, Rick (Brendan Fraser) and Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo) are locked in a fierce battle, neither giving an inch, when suddenly the large metal doors at the end of the room start to creek. Lying in wait, submerged in shadow with pincers at the ready, is the grinning Johnson as the newly-transformed Scorpion King, just waiting to burst onto the screen in all his CGI-enhanced glory. Carnage predictably ensues...
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