The Legend of Hercules FeaturedWritten by Jon Patch
Millennium Films and Summit Entertainment present a PG-13, approximately 90 minute, action, adventure, directed by Renny Harlin, written by Harlin and Daniel Giat with a theater release date of January 10, 2014.
King Amphitryon (Scott Adkins) has taken control of Argos in Southern Greece, a country known for its gold and run mainly by priests not soldiers in the year 1200 B.C. The King is a hated man by his wife Queen Alcmene (Roxanne McKee) who has given him one son Iphicles (Liam Garrigan) but through the immaculate conception by the God Zeus the Queen has given birth the another son who will later be known as Hercules. After twenty years Hercules is in love with Hebe (Gaia Weiss) Princess of Crete who has been promised to his older brother and Hercules (Kellan Lutz) deals with the decision to flee with his love or follow the command of his stepfather the King.
The King has taken it upon himself to make the decision for him by sending Hercules off to fight in Egypt so that on the third full moon his brother will wed the Princess. Hercules takes with him the stone necklace given to him by Princess Hebe and vows to return for her hand in marriage. All of his military killed except he and Captain Sotiris (Liam McIntyre) both men are eventually sold into slavery. Hercules has discovered his true destination as he struggles to return to his true love and take over the kingdom from his stepfather. When he finally arrives back to his homeland, Chiron (Rade Serbedzija) who has protected the Princess for years has divulged some news to Hercules about the fate of his mother. Hercules now believes in his true father and with his help has returned for justice by taking back his kingdom with lightning force.
Not much I can say positive about this film since everything seemed so wrong except for many of the action fights. Although, the fight scene between Hercules and a lion was so awful it looked like he was wrestling with an animated creature. The score was not in tune with several of the scenes seeming a bit distracting than enchanting. The CGI or green screen used along with the special effects were totally unrealistic and out of place most of the time and the use of 3D was extremely over-used for all the wrong reasons. I mean there were moments that worked in the story but long and far between the ones that did not. I’m sure the women will enjoy Lutz who happens to show off his body like one of the strippers from “Magic Mike” but a film will not survive by sex alone unless you’re making porn! I can’t say the direction nor the writing was very good in this film but the stop action footage had some interesting effects visually on the big screen.
As for the acting I cannot even give that a huge applause since for the most part it seemed a bit awkward along with the make-up and costumes. Lutz is easy on the eyes and does an ok job but the writing for some of his moments ruined much of his dialogue. Maybe if this was supposed to be a superhero film it would have worked but not for an historical take on Hercules. Even the last few seconds of the film with his close up standing on a ledge under a full moon with his cape blowing in the wind made me feel like he was going to fly into the sky like a Marvel character. Again not his fault but rather that of some bad direction and writing. Weiss would not have been my choice as the Princess as well as Garrigan as the oldest Prince but the other characters seemed to do well with their roles. Adkins as the King portrayed his evil side with a villainous personality that worked for his character but it was McKee and McIntyre that seemed to do the best acting in the film along with several other supporting roles. Overall a movie that should have went straight to DVD but for its efforts I’d give it one out of four paws by Jon Patch.
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