THE LEGEND OF HERCULES (Theatrical Release USA 2014)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.4|5.0 Stars ììì

The Legend of Hercules—action flick—has a tough job...try to capture a legend on a 'big' screen when the whole world isn't a big enough screen to hold the story. Special effects suffer from significant imaging challenges. Actors have no screen presence, no natural feel almost as if this is their movie debut. The script seems like a hodgepodge of once-upon-a-time great movie scenes randomly mishmashed together in the odd hope that some of that once-upon-a-time greatness will magically rub off and sprinkle this story with at least some fading stardust. While we love the whole ‘call upon the gods’ thing for supernatural aid to save us from our problems, even that couldn’t rescue this story from its fossilized state into a viable work of art. Director Renny Harlin had his hands full in trying to get this movie launched into any kind of workable format.

Storyline

Hercules attempts the fight to raise himself from slave to ruler.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Executive Producers Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, John Thompson, and David Varod for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Hercules (Kellan Lutz), Hebe (Gaia Weiss), King Amphitryon (Scott Adkins), Sotiris (Liam McIntyre), Chiron (Rade Serbedzija), and Tarak (Johnathon Schaech).



Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. Despite its obvious flaws, the legends are difficult to beat for storyline and can be a good choice for movies. To be fair, it's difficult to catch the greatness of heroes on a screen, even if it is the big screen.

Ben Meyers

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