HERCULES (theatrical Release USA 2014)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.4|5.0 Starsììì

Hercules—beefy script with no real support—is a C-grade movie from beginning to end. The film entertains little better than The Legend of Hercules and fails on nearly every level to pull off a cohesive, well-told story. Dwayne Johnson has due respect for brawn, but is just too nice to pull the tough guy role required for this film. There is one surprising scene where Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) turns a horse over on its back while it is being ridden by Rheses (Tobias Santelmann) that presents some freshness to the movie’s action; but other than that, it’s a been there, seen that action film.

Storyline

Hercules teams with a ragtag band of mercenary warriors. They are hired by Lord Cotys (John Hurt), but find that they are enabling an unscrupulous ruler rather than helping a good cause. The warriors change sides and enable the rightful king his opportunity to rule.

Additional Thanks

Good work for Director and Producer Brett Ratner. Thank you to Executive Producers Sarah Aubrey, Peter Berg, Jesse Berger, and Ross Fanger for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Amphiaraus (Ian McShane), Tydeus (Aksel Hennie), Atalanta (Ingrid Bolsø Berdal), Iolaus (Reece Ritchie), and King Eurystheus (Joseph Fiennes).


Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. Dwayne Johnson’s fans will appreciate the film despite its obvious flaws.

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