The Legend of Hercules

2014

The Legend of Hercules

Critics Consensus

Cheap-looking, poorly acted, and dull, The Legend of Hercules is neither fun enough to qualify as an action movie nor absorbing enough to work on a dramatic level.

3%

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Total Count: 80

33%

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User Ratings: 41,027
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In the epic origin story THE LEGEND OF HERCULES, Kellan Lutz stars as the mythical Greek hero - the son of Zeus, a half-god, half-man blessed with extraordinary strength. Betrayed by his stepfather, the King, and exiled and sold into slavery because of a forbidden love, Hercules must use his formidable powers to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom. Through harrowing battles and gladiator-arena death matches, Hercules embarks on a legendary odyssey to overthrow the King and restore peace to the land. (c) Summit

Cast

Kellan Lutz
as Hercules
Scott Adkins
as King Amphitryon
Liam Garrigan
as Iphicles
Roxanne McKee
as Queen Alcmene
Luke Newberry
as Agamemnon
Sarai Givaty
as Saphirra
Dimitar Doichinov
as King Galenus/Champion #1
Nikolai Sotirov
as King Tallas
Radoslav Parvanov
as Half Face/Champion #3
Bashar Rahal
as Battalion Commander #1
Vladimir Mihailov
as Battalion Commander #2
Kitodar Todorov
as Fight Announcer
Deana Stoyanova
as Hercules (Alcides) (New Born)/Hercules' Son (New Born)
Borislav Ivanov
as Hercules (Alcides) (New Born)/Hercules' Son (New Born)
Nikolay Petkov
as Iphicles (2 years old)
Rick Yudt
as Cockswain
Stilyan Mavrov
as Champion #2
Elitsa Rajeva
as Champion #4
Raicho Vasilev
as Champion #5
Stefan Shopov
as Champion #6
Stefan Ivanov
as Guard/Soldier #1
Orlin Pavlov
as Palace Guard
Yavor Baharov
as Villager
Richard Reid
as Archer #1
Ivan Stoimenov
as Village Leader
Ludomir Simeonov
as Hercules' MudPit Opponent
Vladimir Kolev
as M.C. (Large Arena)
Traian Milenov
as Sotiris' MudPit Opponent
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Critic Reviews for The Legend of Hercules

All Critics (80) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (78)

  • No one seems to have high hopes for it - though it might well help to pass a wet afternoon when it shows up on Netflix 15 minutes from now.

    Mar 28, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Mike McCahill

    Guardian
    Top Critic
  • Essentially a Monday Night Raw episode with mythological dressing.

    Jan 16, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The dialogue isn't dubbed, but is written and delivered so indifferently that it might as well have been.

    Jan 12, 2014 | Rating: D | Full Review…
  • [Other "Hercules" movies] at least nodded at classical mythology. Harlin's boasts a Hercules in name chiefly and banks on moviegoers' ignorance.

    Jan 12, 2014 | Full Review…
  • It delivers what it promises, which is muscular guys in skimpy clothes fighting and howling, as well as some large-scale digitally enhanced battle sequences.

    Jan 12, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The Legend of Hercules may not track, but Harlin still knows how to set up a rousing circus.

    Jan 12, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Legend of Hercules

  • Jan 23, 2019
    I was a History major and as such I find these types of films difficult to watch. They are so inaccurate and give people the wrong perception of history, then again, The Legend of Hercules was directed by Renny Harlin, and he wouldn't put his name on any old thing. After praying to Zeus for guidance, Queen Alcmene (Roxanne McKee) is picked to carry the son of God. The King however knows that Hercules (Kellan Lutz) isn't his and commits an act of betrayal that separates Hercules from the woman he loves. When I think of the mighty Hercules, Kellan Lutz isn't the first name that comes to mind, but he does a pretty solid job with the role. The rest of the cast also performed equally well, and for once the cast wasn't the problem. A film like this has a story to tell and that story can't be told in an hour and half. I enjoyed the narrative, but the best parts of the film were so rushed, that I felt slighted. The whole Egyptian angle should have been a major theme, but it only lasts about ten minutes, and before you know it, Herc is fighting for his life is arenas around the world, scenes that were also rushed. The film is very straight forward and far too predictable for a story like this. There are Kings and Gods, legends from thousands of years ago, but no twists or turns? No surprises thrown in for dramatic effect at least? Overall, the film is somewhat entertaining and as I said the cast was good, but The Legend of Hercules flies by at the speed of light, which makes the film difficult to really get behind.
    Todd S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 22, 2014
    It's as if director Renny Harlin watched Gladiator and said, "Yeah, I can do that, but much worse." The plot is almost exactly a ripoff of the 2000-Best Picture winner, having the godly Hercules besmirched and thrown into the arena, where he must build a name for himself in gladiatorial combat and work the support of the crowd in order to gain his vengeance against a jealous tyrant with daddy issues. If that wasn't enough, the visual aesthetic is very much a CGI-heavy melange of 300, with the super stylized slow-mo action standing in the way for plot. A sword-and-sandals epic should not be on the verge of putting you to sleep, but Hercules goes there. Kellan Lutz (Twilight) might have the right build to fill out the character but he's too limited as an actor to do much beyond the fight choreography. The only reason to see this movie is if you're trapped on an airplane and it happens to be on. Who would have thought that the flawed Brett Ratner-directed Hercules movie would look even better? Nate's Grade: D
    Nate Z Super Reviewer
  • Nov 23, 2014
    There was banging action. The story seemed a little made up. Would have been kind of cool to see in 3-D.
    Jarrin R Super Reviewer
  • Sep 01, 2014
    The story of Hercules has graced us many times in numerous incarnations. Renny Harlin's latest turkey, The Legend of Hercules, is the myth told in the most lifeless and uninteresting way possible. Sets look cheap. Costumes look put together from discount surplus attire. Actors don't act; they yell; all the time; every line - it's like high school kids performing bad Shakespeare without microphones. Granted, their performances are clearly the fault of the director. Everything in this movie is a cliché, from the opening "prophecy" to the final siege in the middle of a thunderstorm set to booming Hans Zimmer-esque music. I don't understand why anyone bothered trying to make this movie and I can't fathom anyone being remotely interested in seeing it.
    Edward B Super Reviewer

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