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Hercules (2014)

Review by CJ

Hercules

Director:
Brett Ratner

Starring:
Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane, Rebecca Ferguson, John Hurt, Rufus Sewell, Aksel Hennie, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Reece Ritchie

Other notable appearances:
Joseph Fiennes

Running time:
98 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Troy, The Mummy, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, The Brothers Grimm

 

After completing his 12 labours, Hercules (Johnson) suffers a great personal tragedy and is exiled from Athens. He and a ragtag crew of warriors are working as mercenaries for hire when the daughter Thrace’s king comes to them for help. Hercules and his crew must take on an army of mythic proportions to save Thrace and its people. Will they succeed or will they become history?

Hercules is based on the graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian War by Steve Moore. It is a good story featuring a well-known hero with a few twists along the way.

There are some beautiful sweeping scenes in Hercules that remind me of scenes from past epics such as Cleopatra (which nearly sent 20th Century Fox bankrupt). There are also some wonderful battle sequences that are impressively choreographed. Conversely there are also some very fake looking stage settings and tacky looking weapons.

There is some very cheesy dialogue in Hercules but it all fits with the overall vibe of the film. The film isn’t a b-grade movie per se, but it is delightfully over the top and wonderfully cheesy. It has the epic feel of Troy with the silliness and humorous one-liners of Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters or The Brothers Grimm.

The acting isn’t anything particularly special but the cast have a good chemistry and all involved play their roles well.

Overall Hercules is a fun movie. It has action, hilarious moments, and a good story based on a graphic novel. If you enjoy your epic action films with a side of cheese then Hercules is a dish best served with popcorn and a sense of humour.

Rating:
4 Stars

“Don’t just stand there. Kill someone!”

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