Friday, January 10, 2014

The Legend of Hercules

Rated PG-13 / 1 hr 39 min / Action - Adventure

What is it about?

Queen Alcmene realizes that King Amphitryon is not the man she thought she had married.  She realizes that he is a tyrant, and seeks help from the gods to create peace.  Zeus decides to knock her up.  Thus Hercules is born.  Twenty years later Hercules is in love.  Awwww...  Unfortunately for him, his older brother has made arrangements to marry her.  King Amphitryon decides that it is time for Hercules to go off to war.  He doesn't tell our hero that he is supposed to die.  Oops!  Instead he is sold into slavery.  He spends the rest of the movie trying to claw his way back to the woman he loves.

You will like it if...

You like made for TV movies that have an OK story with some decent action.  Everything about this movie from start to finish screams B-movie.  They made a decent choice to play Hercules.  He does a passable job.  Scott Adkins does the best acting job out of everyone, but his performance is lost in the massive failure of everyone else in the movie.  The special effects are also TV movie quality. At times they look laughably cartoonish.  They try so hard to make this like a mix between Gladiator and 300, and it doesn't come close to either.  The fight scenes are the best feature of the movie, and even those are unbelievable and cartoonish in spots.  They try to use the same slow down/speed up transitions that Zack Snyder has used in 300 and The Immortals, but fail to use it properly.  I can't believe they spent 70 million on the budget for this movie.  If you must see this movie, I suggest waiting for redbox to avoid feeling angry for paying full theater prices. 

 



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