The Legend of Hercules (2014)

logoDirector: Renny Harlin

Writer: Sean Hood, Daniel Giat, Renny Harlin, Giulio Steve (Screenplay)

Starring: Kellan Lutz, Gaia Weiss, Scott Adkins, Roxanne McKee, Liam Garrigan, Liam McIntyre, Rade Serbedzija, Johnathon Scaech

 

Plot: In Ancient Greece 1200 B.C., a queen succumbs to the lust of Zeus to bear a son promised to overthrow the tyrannical rule of the king and restore peace to a land in hardship. But this prince, Hercules, knows nothing of his real identity or his destiny. He desires only one thing: the love of Hebe, Princess of Crete, who has been promised to his own brother. When Hercules learns of his greater purpose, he must choose: to flee with his true love or to fulfil his destiny and become the true hero of his time. The story behind one of the greatest myths is revealed in this action-packed epic – a tale of love, sacrifice and the strength of the human spirit.

 

Verdict: The Legend of the Scorpion King, umm I Mean Hercules

 

Story: With the tried and tested story of betrayal by ones king leading to an incredible journey to return to take the throne from a tyrant king. Slap in the name Hercules you can sale this on the fact a real life mythical hero and son of the God Zeus. This does mean he has an unfair advantage in any combat with his added strength and speed. I do feel this didn’t need to use the name Hercules, but choose to make things easier for the audience to understand how he became powerful. It really is the basic overcome betrayal story that needs no imagination just a sit down and enjoy film. (7/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Kellan Lutz: Hercules the son of Zeus, disowned by his King and left for dead by being sold into slavery, before he starts to fight for his freedom and raise a nation to stop the tyrant king. Kellan has a perfect look for a Hercules, his fighting skills work to his advantage but he doesn’t shine on the delivery of his lines. (7/10)

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Gaia Weiss: Hebe the Princess of Crete who has fallen in love with Hercules, but is to be married to his brother Iphicles against her will. Typical Princess role who wants to put up a fight but knows her happiness is not as important compared to the safety of her people. (6/10)

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Scott Adkins: King Amphirtyon the tyrant who invades whoever he wants to make sure everyone knows how powerful he really is, he has his son Iphicles ready to step into his throne when the time comes. Good basic king role but he does get to show off his fighting skills by the time the film ends. (7/10)

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Roxanne McKee: Queen Alcmene mother of Hercules who wants to see her son rise up and take over, treating the people correctly, but her faith in her Gods will put her in danger from her husband King Amphirtyon. Good supporting performance. (7/10)

 

Liam Garrigan: Iphicles the next in line to be king, when it comes to combat Hercules eclipses anything he has achieved in battle. Good performance with his character has a constant look of evil on him. (7/10)

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Liam McIntyre: Sotiris a general sent into battle with restricted soldiers who befriends Hercules and the two of them join forces to lead the take down of the king. Good supporting performance. (7/10)

 

Director Review: Renny Harlin – Good basic action film created following the ABC rules perfectly. (7/10)

 

Action: The fights all look good mixing in slow motion 3D effects add a little but not much. (8/10)

Settings: Basic settings created with the set locations looking goof but the travelling ones leaving little to the imagination. (7/10)
Special Effects
: You can see a lot of the CGI effects here and the 3D doesn’t add much to the film. (5/10)

Suggestion: This is one to try, but in all honesty you have a choice of three Hercules films this year and this wouldn’t be my first choice. (Try)

 

Best Part: The 6 on 1 Battle.

Worst Part: Nothing original here

Action Scene Of The Film: The escape from the chains

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Because it didn’t make money I think no, but it could have the next chapter if we didn’t have a flood of Hercules films this year.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $61 Million

Budget: $70 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes

Tagline: Every man has a destiny

 

Overall: Been Here, Seen This, New Hero Please

Rating 66