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The trailers for Brett Ratner’s Hercules feature Dwayne Johnson punching a variety of very large mythological animals while screaming into the camera. Students of mythology—or bad 60’s movies—will recognize the boar, hydra and giant lion as all part of the demigod’s mythical Twelve Labors. Their packed inclusion in the promotional materials turns out to be a […] »
- Nathan Bartlebaugh
For seven months Dwayne Johnson ate seven high protein meals a day, consisting of 10oz steaks, cups of rice, tonnes of chicken and blueberry protein powder. This helped him stay in absolute tip top shape for Hercules. And it shows. Johnson has never looked bigger or better with muscles upon muscles. All of which are incredibly well lit and oiled in his latest big screen outing, Hercules. Directed by Brett Ratner (steady!!!) this doesn’t tell the tale of Hercules’ 2 labours. Instead it shoves them into a montage in the opening four minutes. Lions, Boars and Hyrdras all meet their grisly demise in around 240 seconds and audiences will be left wondering what kind of story is Ratner about to tell. Not a very good one it seems. Hercules and his bunch of comrades are swords for hire and find themselves training a bunch of glorified farmers to battle a tyrannical warlord. »
- email@example.com (Vic Barry)
Scarlett Johansson's Lucy is flexing more muscle than Dwayne Johnson's Hercules at the Friday box office, where the female action film is off to a strong start. First estimates show Lucy, directed by Luc Besson, grossing roughly $12 million to $14 million on Friday for a potential $35 million-plus weekend (some think it could even get to $38 million). Director Brett Ratner's Hercules is aiming to earn $9 million to $11 million on Friday, putting its North American opening in the $26 million to $29 million range. It's doing more business than pre-release tracking had suggested, although the filmmakers
- Pamela McClintock
Director Brett Ratner explains why you should see Hercules on the biggest screen possible in a new IMAX featurette for this action-adventure, which opens in theaters today. Dwayne Johnson stars as the mythical demi-god, who now serves as a mercenary, fighting battles for others alongside his five trusted warriors. Watch the latest footage as the filmmaker discusses how he created massive sets for this 3D epic and describes why the IMAX format is perfect for Hercules.
Everyone knows the legend of Hercules and his twelve labors. Our story begins after the labors, and after the legend...
Haunted by a sin from his past, Hercules has become a mercenary. Along with five faithful companions, he travels ancient Greece selling his services for gold and using his legendary reputation to intimidate enemies. But when the benevolent ruler of Thrace and his daughter seek Hercules' help to defeat a savage and terrifying warlord, »
This weekend sees the release of Hercules, the latest Hollywood attempt to cash in on the popularity of the Greek Myths in the absence of another Percy Jackson film. Picking up after his legendary twelve labours have been completed, the film sees Hercules (Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson) as a sword-for-hire to the King of Thrace (John Hurt). Directed by Brett Ratner of X-Men 3 notoriety, Hollywood executives will be hoping it fares a lot better (commercially at least) than The Legend of Hercules, which bombed back in January.
While other writers on WhatCulture! have already written the film off, there is one grain of hope for film fans: a supporting performance by the eminently watchable Ian McShane. The graduate of British TV may not have reached the stratospheric heights of Hollywood in the way that his early career may have suggested, but even in his seventies he is still capable of turning in eye-catching, »
- Daniel Mumby
“Lucy” roared to $2.7 million at the Thursday box office, with “Hercules” just behind, muscling its way to $2.1 million.
The two films are targeting similar action-loving ticket-buyers, which means competition will be fierce. For now, give the edge to Universal Pictures’ “Lucy,” which stars Scarlett Johansson as a woman injected with drugs that turn her into a superhuman. You know, standard trip. Universal acquired the film for around $40 million and the picture should make north of $30 million this weekend.
“Hercules,” arrives via a partnership between Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and was directed by Brett Ratner. Dwayne Johnson stars as the son of Zeus and he’s the big draw, given that not every ticket-buyer was weaned on tales of Mount Olympus (witness the »
- Brent Lang
It's Friday so that means movie reviews and this week we're reviewing Hercules, Lucy and Magic in the Moonlight and while we're saving Guardians of the Galaxy for next weekend we do talk about it briefly before getting into your questions and a series of games. We also discuss "The Leftovers", movies that make us emotional and much, much more. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. An alternative to that option is a »
- Brad Brevet
“Hercules,” the latest movie to send Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on a mission to wrestle bad guys on the big screen, is now playing in theaters and is being hailed as Ok, at best. The Paramount release directed by Brett Ratner (“Rush Hour”), a favorite target for critics, has garnered a 65 percent “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, at the moment. Also read: ‘Lucy’ Review: Scarlett Johansson Grows Smarter As the Movie Gets Dumber Based on Radical Comics’ “Hercules” by Steve Moore, the PG-13 action flick follows Johnson and a few fighting friends (Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal) on a mission to. »
- Greg Gilman
Originality in any form is not something you're going to find in Brett Ratner's Hercules. Take any PG-13 sword and sandal film you've seen lately -- glossy and gritty, drenched in black blood -- and add touches of Gladiator and Braveheart and you have this supposed "new" tale of the son of Zeus, or, as the film tells us... like... the real Zeus. You know, the Greek God and stuffc You know the one... rightc Yeah, we get it! The easiest comparison is to say Ratner has "updated" Hercules in the same way Marcus Nispel updated Conan, though this film does seem better than that one if only because it's shorter. The Nispel comparison seems apt, though, if you consider the visual palette Ratner is working with and the overall blunt force numbness of the plot. Adapted from Radical Studios' graphic novel "Hercules: The Thracian Wars", Hercules finds our »
- Brad Brevet
If there’s one role that Dwayne Johnson was born to play, it’s that of the titular hero in Brett Ratner’s Hercules. At a towering 6’5″ and 260 pounds, the actor has a massive screen presence and an imposing physicality. It’s actually surprising that it took Johnson this long to take on the role of the famous Greek god, but as he says in this exclusive interview, “I couldn’t of played this man at any other age than the age I’m at today.”
For this take on the classic myth, the story is set after Herc has completed his legendary twelve labors and sees him as a “sword-for-hire” who’s asked by King Cotys of Thrace to help him defeat a tyrannical warlord. In return, he’ll pay Hercules his weight in gold.
Last week, while Johnson was in Toronto promoting his new film, I had the »
- Matt Joseph
Hercules has no right to be as entertaining as it is. It’s dumb, choppy, cheap-looking, and it even somehow manages to waste the Rock … but this big-budget jettisoning of the Greek myth, based on Steve Moore’s Radical comic, is also a million miles from the self-important grandiosity of the 300 films, or the over-cgi'd garishness of Clash of the Titans. It has a playful heart and spirited cast, and little else. But — and maybe this is just what George W. Bush called “the soft bigotry of low expectations” speaking — that turns out to be (mostly) enough.Instead of being another extremely loose retelling of the traditional tale of the demigod (the putative child of Zeus and a mere mortal queen) forced to complete 12 superhuman labors, Brett Ratner's film dispenses with the mythology in its opening scenes. It begins with highly stylized, storybooklike images of Hercules (Dwayne “The Rock »
- Bilge Ebiri
"...fourteen hundred years ago, a tormented soul walked the earth...
"...that was neither man nor god.
"Hercules', the powerful son of the god king 'Zeus'...
"... received nothing but suffering his entire life.
"After twelve arduous labors and the loss of his family, this dark, world-weary soul turned his back on the gods finding his only solace in battle.
Shayk co-stars as 'Megara', wife of 'Hercules'.
Shayk is also noted as the 'the face' of "La Clover" and "Avon" super drama mascara.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Hercules"...
- Michael Stevens
Two big films are out this weekend, which one is worth your time and money? First, we have .Hercules. starring Dwayne Johnson based on the graphic novel by Steve Moore. From director Brett Ratner, is this .Hercules. much better than .The Legend of Hercules. starring Kellan Lutz from director Renny Harlin?
We also have .Lucy. starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman. This one.s from director Luc Besson who gave us memorable female characters in .La Femme Nikita,. .The Professional,. and .The Fifth Element.. Is .Lucy. worthy of Besson.s booty-kicking heroines? Find out in my movie review below:
Official .Hercules. synopsis
Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures' film Hercules, starring Dwayne Johnson, bows on July 25th. Based on Radical Comics' Hercules by Steve Moore, this ensemble-action film is a revisionist take on the classic myth, Hercules. The epic action film also stars Golden Globe Winner Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, »
Having posted an interview a day this week, from the mega Hercules junket that took place in London, we conclude our coverage with some time with the man at the helm, as we sat with director Brett Ratner to discuss his latest endeavour.
We asked what it was about the story of Hercules that he wanted to explore and why he felt the time was right to do so. Ratner also tells us the benefits from shooting on location, why Dwayne Johnson is so perfect for the role, and whether there is potential in expanding on this feature, and turning Hercules into a franchise.
Hercules is out in cinemas now, and you can read our review here.
The post The HeyUGuys Interview: Director Brett Ratner on his latest project Hercules appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
- Stefan Pape
A bore, a drag, an eyesore, a trifle: Brett Ratner‘s ‘roid-brained “Hercules” is all of these, but most of all it's a self-satisfied smirk drawn on a 64-ounce protein shake. It's a supernatural epic that never feels quite colossal or consequential enough, as well as an utter waste of Dwayne Johnson‘s unique dopey-flirty charm in a starring role that requires him only to open his mouth very wide when yelling and look unmistakably masculine while wearing nothing but a leather miniskirt and one of those animal-head hats popular with middle-school girls. Adapted from the comic book by the recently deceased. »
- Inkoo Kang
For the last few years, Summertime has been super-hero time at the multiplexes. It seems ever other week another costumed character with incredible abilities is battling away for a big chunk of the box office pie. But what about the original amazing avenger? Sure the Man Of Steel was here last Summer and is gearing up for his return (when he’ll face off against another hero). Nope let’s go way, way back to the real original, that demigod Hercules. The superstar of Greek mythology has been a cinema staple since the late 1950′s when American Steve Reeves laced up his sandals in two surprise hits imported from Italy. Reeves was the first of many famed body-builders to portray him right through 1969 with Arnold Schwarzenegger in Hercules In New York and 1983 with TV’s Hulk Lou Ferrigno in a pair of low-budget epics from Cannon Films. The man of muscle also went animated, »
- Jim Batts
Brett Ratner may have finally found his niche. Freed of a modern-day setting and any thought of realism, the director's inclination toward outlandish action takes flight almost immediately. The opening moments of Hercules are narrated efficiently; the story takes place a long time ago in a fantasy world far, far away from ancient Greece. Thrace is the place, a mythical land filled with warfare and strife, a land where a mercenary Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) can stride freely with his small band of warriors, including his trusted lieutenant (Rufus Sewell), his prophet and advisor (Ian McShane), his trusty archer and token female (the very fit Norwegian actress Ingrid Bolsø Berdal), his nephew and storyteller (Reece Ritchie), and his mute and loyal friend (the great Aksel Hennie,...
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Hercules stars Dwayne Johnson as the titular mythic hero – a being more man than immortal that catapults himself to a position of renown and respect via tales that tell of his godlike prowess on the battlefield.
Directed by Brett Ratner (Rush Hour, X-Men: The Last Stand), this iteration of the Hercules story closely follows Steve Moore’s five-issue Radical Comics series Hercules: The Thracian Wars – replacing the idea of gods with the idea of a shrewd spin doctor and biographer Iolaus (Reece Ritchie). For every feat of Hercules the god, a new reality is depicted: the multi-headed hydra becomes a small army of men donning masks bearing the resemblance of a serpent.
This latest iteration of the Hercules story dares not take itself too seriously, peppering Americanisms and jokey asides throughout the epic feature, much to many critics’ pleasant surprise. Hercules also has the benefit of Johnson as »
There aren’t many things less likely to inspire passion than the words “directed by Brett Ratner.” Say what you want about crowd pleasing blockbuster factories like Michael Bay, Zack Snyder or Justin Lin, but at least their work has a clearly defined style and inspires debate. Not Brett Ratner. Renowned as a workmanlike director, his main claim to fame is his ability to bring a project in on time and under budget. So the prospect of a new addition to the Ratner filmography wasn’t exactly setting my world on fire. Adding an additional note of sourness to proceedings is the widely publicized artist-led boycott of the film on the basis that the studio has bilked the late Steve Moore, (author of the comic books that this version of Hercules is based on), out of every penny he was due through sneaky contractual finagling.
Determined to stay optimistic, I »
- David James
Can you smell what The Rock is cooking? Normally, the smell in Hall H is body odor. Today, it was a freebie giveaway for Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.s latest film, Hercules. The massive action star morphed back into pro wrestling mode as he surprised Hall H with an appearance near the middle of today.s Paramount panel. There had been rumors of a Rock appearance . as well as rumors that the studio would be hosting free screenings of Brett Ratner.s summer blockbuster. Well, The Rock confirmed it. Then revealed that he would Tweet out the location of the free screenings in San Diego on his Twitter feed this afternoon. That.s fine for all of you who happen to be at San Diego, and want to break away from Comic-Con for a shot of Hercules. But the rest of you tracking Comic-Con from home can.t see Hercules »
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