The Legend of Hercules
As the son of Zeus, king of the gods, and a mortal woman, Hercules (Kellan Lutz) is blessed with extraordinary strength. Caught in a forbidden love, Hercules is exiled by his stepfather, the king, and sold into slavery. The legendary strongman endures harrowing battles and death matches in the gladiators arena, and must use his formidable powers to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom, overthrow its traitorous ruler and restore peace to the land.
Release Date: January 10, 2014
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This movie delivers pretty faithfully to its trailer. The acting is bad, there is no real character development and the special effects are pretty embarrassing most of the time. People fade in and out of british accents, which aren't necessary in the first place since it takes place in Greece, but that's just a strange cliche we accept in movies. The action is always over the top. Always. But it's all very PG-13. A lot of stabbing, throwing, punching, but little to no blood. It's clear that the intended audience is teenage boys. As far as sexuality is concerned, it also is restrained to PG-13 levels, but there is some. Most notably an awkward scene early on demonstrating Hercules' conception, which of course plays a major part in the myth's story. There is no nudity, only kissing, and one scene that implies sexual activity occurred earlier. There is little to no offensive language. There are surface level themes of faith and family relationships (it is basically a Christianized version of the Greek story, portraying Zeus as a loving father who wants to help humanity through the aid of his son) but these themes take second tier to numberless amounts of obnoxious, grimy fight scenes that overuse slow motion. This film is also a good reminder that 3D is better for creating headaches than enhancing stories.
Movie Review Maven grade = C In a Nutshell: I used to get a kick out of the old Kevin Sorbo TV show “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys”. Well, this is nothing like that. You know that awesome Disney movie “Hercules”? Well, sadly, it’s nothing like that either. Instead, this is a disappointing retelling that has no sense of humor and the worst movie extras I’ve seen in years. You know a movie is bad when you actually notice the extras. My 8 year old nephew walked out of the movie because he was bored. Yikes. It feels like it wants to be the movie 300, but just can’t pull it together past 200. It also reminded me of a cheesy version of the movie Gladiator. If you’re interested in watching lots of massive arms and muscular thighs fighting for an hour and half, you’re going to love this movie. I’m thinking that King of Thrones fans will enjoy the stylized production sets and epic scenery. Uplifting theme: • A little help from God can make all the difference. (wink) • I need to work out more. Things I liked: • I thought Queen Alcmene’s hairdos were super cute. • Hercules and Hebe share some very romantic vows of love. • The aerial view of King Amphitryon’s kingdom looked amazing. • Nice 360 degree camera work during the scene when..SPOILER ALERT…Hercules is tied up with the Captain. • Cool electric whip at the end • Some of the fight scenes featured slow-motion action that impressively showed off skills and CGI. Things I didn’t like: • Hercules’ rousing speech could have been Braveheart worthy, but it was so rushed it was a yawn short of inspiring. In contrast, I thought the speech given by the Princess of Crete to Iphicles about how much she loved Hercules was touching. • Kellan Lutz’ pretty-boy baby face and blonde hair didn’t scream Greek demigod to me. • The lion CGI looked totally fake and cheesy. • There were flurries in the air in several scenes. Is it supposed to be snow? Cotton in the trees? • Too many lines were growled through clenched teeth • I hate fake flying, especially in fight scenes. • There are some dumb lines like “Get out of my way, woman!” • What kind of accent was Jonathan Schaech going for? Terrible. • HUGE SPOILER ALERT…so Hebe stabs herself to kill Iphicles behind her…she survives and he doesn’t. Tell me how that works? Lame. Funny lines: None. This film took itself too seriously. Inspiring lines: • The Captain was asked “How is it you survived those places?” He answered “Hope. I was given hope.” Hope is a very powerful thing. • There were a lot of references to Hercules as Jesus Christ and Zeus as God the Father. For example, Hercules is chained with his arms outstretched, immaculate conception, and even called a “so called Savior.” In a speech reminiscent of Pontius Pilate, King Amphitryon mocks Hercules and asks “Do you offer these people salvation when you cannot save yourself?” Hera says to Hercules “Your father has always been there. You were just not ready for him.” Another reference is when Hercules looks up in chains and cries “Father. I believe in you. Grant me strength.” Things to look for: • The pretty golden eagle that is a sign from Zeus • The fun vertical braid hairdo on the guy in the rock pit fight scene • Blue fuzzy Trojan hat worn by an extra in a crowd scene towards the end • Cool arrowheads Tips for parents: Children familiar with the Disney telling of Hercules will not recognize this story or character. There is a lot of fighting, but it is mostly bloodless. No profanity, but there is a sexual scene when Hercules is conceived by an invisible Zeus, which is a bit odd and awkward. Hercules and Hebe are mostly covered in a love scene in a meadow.July 26th, 2014 · Details
If the films Gladiator and 300 had a baby and then dropped it on its head, you would get The Legend of Hercules. There’s lots of stylized action with beefy guys running around doing manly fighting things with swords and spears and such. The drama, dialog, and special effects get clunky enough to be distracting from time to time, turning this sword and sandals epic into a forgettable “meh” of a film. Still, if you have a yearning for muscly guys, melee combat, and a world with a dash of mythology, you might give The Legend of Hercules a spin. Or watch Gladiator again... See Full ReviewMay 9th, 2014 · Details
Some of the characters’ names make it difficult to follow the plot, plus there is not much taken from the actual stories of Hercules. The demigod does kill the Nemean Lion in the film, but none of his other acts of bravery are represented—unless we count building a forest bedroom out of sticks! I was hoping for much more, yet I fear the filmmakers were trying to do too much for too many. It seems they wanted to provide a good date movie with love and action to appeal to both genders. Unfortunately, trying to please that bigger audience hurts the film and will probably end up not pleasing very many at all... See Full Review
An embarrassingly weak film about the personification of strength, the 3-D action adventure "The Legend of Hercules" (Summit) is nothing short of woeful... See Full Review
Director Renny Harlin has made a Hercules epic with drab, washed-out cinematography, poorly staged action scenes, incompetent acting, bad hair, terrible computer effects, and dialogue that lands more heavily than the title character’s punch. Read more: http://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/moviemom/2014/01/the-legend-of-hercules.html#ixzz2pyM0xBXz... See Full Review
It’s “Clash of the Titans,” pretty much without Titans, a “Gladiator” with nobody to root for and a “Samson” without a proper “Delilah.” At times, with its stiff, charisma-impaired cast, its digital sets and slo-mo slaughter, “The Legend of Hercules” has a whiff of the Augean Stables about it — if you catch my drift... See Full Review
The Legend of Hercules was a huge waste of time and I can honestly say that I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. I don't think it is possible for a worse version of the Hercules story to be written. The acting was so terrible I wanted to laugh. Not only was the dialogue poorly written to begin with, but half of the actors couldn't decide if they had British accents or not. I tried really hard to find a single redeeming quality in this film, but when it was over I felt like I had just watched someone play a terrible CGI video game for 1 hour and 39 minutes. For the sake of all that is good in this world, Kellan Lutz should stop acting and just go back to being an Abercrombie model.