Hercules

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Hercules has Brett Ratner behind the cameras and Dwayne Johnson rocking the loincloth -- and delivers exactly what any reasonable person reading that description might expect.

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Though he is famous across the ancient world for his larger-than-life exploits, Hercules (Dwayne Johnson), the son of Zeus and a human woman, is haunted by his tragic past. Now, he fights only for gold as a traveling mercenary, accompanied by a band of loyal followers, including Amphiarus (Ian McShane) and Autolycus. However, when the benevolent ruler of Thrace and his daughter seek his help in defeating a savage warlord, Hercules must find the true hero within himself once again.

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  • Jul 12, 2016
    Someone had the incredibly stupid idea of showing Hercules' infamous tasks within the first five minutes and then tell a somewhat conventional story of antique battles and rebellion. The Rock is a charismatic hero and his team works, too. Without this cast this movie would have fallen to pieces. As it is, the action is decent, the result entertaining enough and thankfully it doesn't take itself too seriously. But still, whoever came up with this simplistic plot should be smacked over the head.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 26, 2015
    I like that the movie commits to it's "revisionist" take on Greek myth by going so far as to make the main characters all skilled liars. While that material is fun, the rest is perfunctory and a little dull.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 24, 2015
    Ratner tries to do something different with the character only to end up ticking off every cliche by the end.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 06, 2014
    Director Brett Ratner looks at the man behind the legend in the big-budget action film Hercules. Based on a graphic novel, the story follows the Greek warrior Hercules and his band of mercenaries as they come to the aid of the King of Thrace to help him fight off a warlord. The film features an impressive cast that includes Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, and John Hurt. However, the performances are a little weak; as the characters come off as one-dimensional stereotypes. Still, that's about par for an action film, and it's made up for by the exciting fight sequences. And, the score brings a lot of energy to the film. While Hercules doesn't exactly live up to expectations, it's alright for a sword and sandals style adventure.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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