Hercules

Overall Rating: 8 out of 10 Based on 1 Review

Both man and myth, Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) leads a band of mercenaries to help end a bloody civil war in the land of Thrace and return the rightful king to his throne.  A tormented soul from birth, Hercules has the strength of a God but feels the suffering of a human.  Unimaginable villains will test the mythical power of Hercules in Director Brett Ratner’s gritty take on one of the most epic action heroes of the ages.

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane, John Hurt, Joseph Fiennes, Rufus Sewell

Rating: M (2014)

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  • Review MVP rated this 8 out of 10

    Written on 23 July 2014 Member since 9 May 2011
    rating-8
    Pros:

    Dwayne Johnson has worked hard in becoming a very believable Hercules.

    Storyline is presented differently than the usual mythical movies.

    The funny one-liners.

    Cons:

    Some slower moments during the training montage.

    Some predictable scenes.

    Overall:

    Dwayne Johnson finally gets to play the role that he has been training (and dieting) for it seems his whole life – Hercules. If anyone that portrays the strength and heart of this character today is Dwayne. It is hard to think there is anybody else around today that could fill the shoes as the son of Zeus with the strength of the gods, and the heart of the people.

    Hercules is shown from the start as a mercenary with his close group of warriors who use the legend of the half mortal, half god to their advantage on their quest for gold. This is secondary though to only fighting for what is right as Hercules seems to be trying to make amends for a tortured past.

    As you would expect, the action scenes come on fast throughout with nothing seeming too big or menacing for the People’s Champ. This mixed with the one liners that bring a number of funny moments and keep the feeling upbeat and away from becoming too dark.

    Whether Hercules is the son of Zeus or just a man mountain that the people believe in is kept up to the audience to make up their minds. The legends and stories are shown for what they are and do not rely on mythical creatures or super powers, instead strength, belief and teamwork are what makes this group so lethal.

    Much has been made of the diet and workout plan that Dwayne Johnson used to prepare for his role and it does do the role justice and then some. It would have been easy to include such special effects and mythical powers in a movie about the son of Zeus as other movies have, but this one has taken a different route and because of that makes it more believable and interesting.

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