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Hercules Reviews

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½ September 27, 2016
Hercules
Different approach, same excitement
September 12, 2016
ah could of gone without seeing this one
½ September 10, 2016
Too much CGI. I struggled to relate this to the base story of Hurcules. I lime The Rock, but this was cliche even for him.
½ September 1, 2016
Had a good time watching this film, some things could have been done differently to make the film a little bit better. But still a good movie, especially one to watch with the family.
August 27, 2016
Competent enough to say it's decent.
August 22, 2016
A generic storyline with a very predictable plot twist.
½ August 16, 2016
The trailer sold such a promising premise but ultimately the plot is a letdown and falls short of epic.
½ August 16, 2016
I wish I could say that Brett Ratner's HERCULES is one bloody awful film but it's not bloody at all. It's just awful. I wish it had been bloody and I don't know why it wasn't. There was a lot of fighting happening on screen but the only person who seemed show any of the red stuff was Hercules and even his wasn't that much. I get more blood on my face from shaving. I was expecting blood to splat off the screen ą la Ridley Scott's GLADIATOR or the SPARTACUS TV series. This is a 3D film, after all. What's the point of having 3D if things aren't going to start flying out at the audience?

This film's take on Hercules finds its source in Radical Comics' revisionist tale of the son of Zeus and the mortal Alcmene. There were two publications in that limited series - The Thracian Wars, which this film covers, and The Knives of Kush. Unlike previous film and TV versions (and there were many!), Ratner's film deals with Hercules the man rather than Hercules the demigod. Sure, the guy's got a helluva legend built up, but in this film we're also shown glimpses of Hercules' family life.

In this story, Hercules (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) has completed all but one of his legendary Twelve Labours, from slaying the sabre-toothed Nemean Lion to capturing the Erymanthian Boar. That's covered in the first few minutes of the film or, if you prefer, the film's trailer. Rather than finishing his task, Hercules is keeping himself busy working as a roving mercenary - a club for hire, if you will - fighting battles around the Aegean with his band of not-so-merry warriors. Included in this motley crew are his pal, the curiously unthievish Autolycus (Rufus Sewell), seer Amphiaraus (Ian McShane), Amazon archeress Atalanta (Norwegian actress Ingrid Bolsų Berdal), and wildman mute Tydeus (Norwegian actor Aksel Hennie). When Lord Cotys of Thrace (John Hurt) makes him an offer he can't refuse (twice his weight in gold) to take out a rebel army, Herc and his friends embark on a new adventure that turns out to be something very different from what they had expected.

The first half of the film moves along at a Grecian snail's pace as preparations for the big battle gear up. When it finally arrives, it is almost uneventful, which is what makes the subsequent plot twist not much of a surprise at all. Perhaps the fault, then, lies with the screenplay, which seems to have been written by a couple of post-pubescent boys. The film is certainly targeted to that demographic. Let's look at the evidence: Rippling biceps, an Amazon babe (though not in the same league as Lucy Lawless), lots of CGI and a couple of well-placed swear words. The only thing missing was the blood...

And the sex. This film was neutered! The closest HERCULES got to being steamy was when Herc and Lord Cotys' daughter made eyes at each other. This was a missed opportunity if there ever was one. Perhaps Ratner wanted to avoid getting an R rating (or a Category III rating in Hong Kong) but, by walking the straight and narrow, all he ended up with was a boring mess.

Yes, HERCULES is an awful film. By the great Zeus, let's hope it goes the way of the ancient Greeks as quickly as possible.
August 9, 2016
Great film, highly under rated, interesting story and unique from other Hercules films, worth the watch!
½ July 25, 2016
Can Still Be Good But Way Better than the razzie award winning Legend of Stupid Hercules.

1: The Rocky Johnson is the best Hercules.
2: The Rocky Johnson is one of My Top 10 favourite actors.
3: It's More Serious!

It's Not A Bad Movie At All!
It Did have 60% tomato meter and 49% Audience Rating,
I just don't know which one to choose...

Score: 6.5/10
½ July 23, 2016
Not quite the disaster I was expecting. It offers a new approach to Hercules (he's more of a brawny mercenary who uses the "myth" behind him to his advantage), and has a goofy charm. Ian McShane and Rufus Sewell are very entertaining. But the narrative is a jumble and the "big bads" are not impressive. Not good, but far from a disaster.
July 21, 2016
Not bad. Nothing great, but nothing horrible either.
July 19, 2016
Worst Film I saw the rock star in
Super Reviewer
½ July 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.
July 9, 2016
What you would expect from a basic action movie. Not a lot of depth but enjoyable.
½ July 4, 2016
ahhhh...not the best rock movie.
July 3, 2016
Interesting take on the story based on Radical Comics. Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) legend states he is demi-god son of Zeus. Hera hates him and keep trying to kill him since young but he always triumph. So he was given 12 difficult tasks of killing legendary beasts and Hera will let him off if he completes them all. Reece Ritchie nephew of Dwayne Johnson is the story teller of Hercules. But in fact he is not alone. Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Ingrid Bolsų Berdal and Aksel Hennie are in his gang as well. They go around earning gold as mercenaries. Rebecca Ferguson recruit them to fight for her father king John Hurt, who is suffering constant defeats from Tobias Santelmann, said to be centaurs army. The rewards is good and Dwayne accept it. Their soldiers are mostly farmers and Dwayne and co trains them. Another battle going to start and John deploy the under-ready army. The tribes they were going to save become the enemies instead because Tobias use illusion spell onto them. Although its hard fought victory, the army suffer many casualties. Dwayne urge John to let them train up the army before fighting. Finally the army is good to go. They go out to fight Tobias and they weren't centaurs. Just normal men on horses. The shield formation is really effective and Dwayne defeat Tobias. During the feast celebration, Dwayne observe Rebecca sympathetic to Tobias. He confront her which she reveal her husband was king until John poisoned him and become king himself, threaten to kill her young boy if she don't comply. Tobias lead his army to revolt against John and hence the war. John know Dwayne has found the truth and ask him to be his general. His appetite grow since knowing Dwayne as now his army become well train and strong. When the gang takes the reward and prepare to leave, Dwayne want to correct the mistake and all volunteer to stay except Rufus. They try to bust Tobias but were ambush in the trap. Turns out Dwayne former king Joseph Fiennes is in cahoot with John. He also admit to let 3 giant wolves kill his wife and 3 children. John order Rebecca to be execute. Ian spur on Dwayne who he is and he broke loose of the bounding chain and crush the executioner. Dwayne kill Joseph. Its an all out war. Aksel died when trying to save the boy from hostage. Rufus came back to help out his friends. Dwayne push the statue and rocks crush the army and John is killed. The rest give up and bow down to Dwayne as the new king.
½ July 3, 2016
this is just the Rock doing what he ussually does, fighting, showing his muscles, but nothing much than that
June 12, 2016
Fun,Mindless Modern age sword and sandal ass kickery............ dwayne johnson makes for a bad ass hercules!
June 4, 2016
Ok movie. While it was better than I expected, and the mythology vs truth twist was very intriguing, the plot still didn't feel put together well, the over usage of CGI got a little annoying, and the performances were so-so, McShane and Sewell delivering the better performances.
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