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Dwayne Johnson is showing his strength as the title character in three new television spots for his latest adventure film, ‘Hercules.’ The videos, titled ‘Born,’ ‘Epic’ and ‘Rock,’ follows Hercules, the leader of a band of mercenaries, as he and his followers are fighting in action. The three clips are the most recent chronicle of the actor’s portrayal of the Greek hero in the film from ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ director, Brett Ratner. The Paramount Pictures and MGM adaptation of ‘Hercules,’ which is now playing in theaters, also stars Ian McShane, Reece Ritchie, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Joseph Fiennes and John Hurt. The epic movie is based on Radical Comics’ ‘Hercules’ [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
MGM and Paramount Pictures released their new "2014 Hercules" remake/action/fantasy flick into theaters this weekend. I just checked it out and thought it was very entertaining, serving up plenty of hardcore action, drama, and more. It stars: Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan, John Hurt, Rebecca Ferguson, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Aksel Hennie, and Reece Ritchie. In the new flick, Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) is the leader of a band of mercenaries formed by the prophet Amphiaraus (Ian McShane), the thief Autolycus (Rufus Sewell), the warrior Tydeus (Aksel Hennie), the archer Atalanta (Ingrid Bolsø Berdal) and the storyteller Iolaus (Reece Ritchie). Hercules is believed to be the demigod son of Zeus, who completed the legendary Twelve Labors, only to be betrayed by Hera, who drove him insane and caused him to murder his wife Megara and their children when he visited King Eurystheus. After that drama, Hercules »
Chicago – I empathize with Dwayne Johnson and simultaneously don’t. Most people never get rich and famous once, let alone twice. Sure, it’s hard to re-brand people from the wrestling superstar you once were into the dramatic action star you’re trying to become, but your past is forever immortal.
Like Jackie Chan wants to be viewed as a dramatic actor instead of a funny karate man, so too does Dwayne Johnson want to drop his wrestling image as The Rock and be taken seriously as a real actor. The problem is he’s all over the place. It’s hard to be Hercules when you’re being remembered as campy in films like “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” and the upcoming “Journey 3: From the Earth to the Moon”.
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Thankfully, Hercules is not an origin film. Though it is about the titular hero from Greek myth, The Legend of Hercules (2014) from earlier this year already took that approach so it is just as well. Here, the fabled strong-man (Dwayne Johnson) has already performed all but one of his legendary labors when the story opens.
The newHercules was directed by Bret Ratner of Rush Hour (1998) fame and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) infamy. The screenplay was written by Ryan Condal and Evan Spillotopoulus. This is the former’s first feature film. The latter has primarily worked on Disney animated films like Cinderella III: A Twist in Time (2007). The storyline the screenplay is based on is a comic by Steve Moore. You might be thinking that this combination of folks behind the camera is a bit like the “potpourri” category on Jeopardy, and you would not be wrong – sounds weird, could be awful. »
- Steven Gahm
MGM and Paramount Pictures released their new action/fantasy remake flick, "Hercules" into theaters yesterday, July 24th, 2014. And the top, major movie critics have submitted their reviews. It ended up, getting mixed results with an overall 49 score out of 100 at the metecritic.com site. The movie stars: Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan, John Hurt, Rebecca Ferguson, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Aksel Hennie and Reece Ritchie. We've posted blurbs from a few of the critics,below. Gary Goldstein at the Los Angeles Times, gave it a decent 70 score, stating: "The mythically powerful demigod is back on the big screen in the simply titled Hercules and the results are canny, fast-paced, and, for what the film attempts to accomplish, enjoyable." Stephen Farber at The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 70 grade. He said: "It may sound like a backhanded compliment to praise this sometimes cheesy movie for never taking itself too seriously, »
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, »
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
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
Plot: Hercules (Dwayne Johnson), having completed his twelve labors, is now a sword-for-hire along with his comrades Autolycus (Rufus Sewell), Tydeus (Aksel Hennie), Amphiaraus (Ian McShane) and his nephew Iolaus (Reece Ritchie). He's recruited by a besieged king (John Hurt) to rescue his kingdom from a force of marauding warriors, but this latest task just may prove once-and-for-all whether or not he truly is the son of Zeus. Review: Brett Ratner's Hercules hits theaters »
- Chris Bumbray
Irina Shayk, the fetching swimsuit and lingerie model, made her debut on the red carpet at the premiere of “Hercules” in Hollywood, her first feature role in a motion picture. Shayk is best known for her exotic looks in dozens of swimsuit and lingerie campaigns as well as seven straight appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue (2007-14). The action-adventure flick, directed by Brett Ratner also stars Ian McShane, Reece Ritchie, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Joseph Fiennes and John Hurt. ...Read More »
Brett Ratner’s (X-Men: The Last Stand) comic book adaptation Hercules arrives in North American theaters tomorrow, and ahead of its release, we’ve got a couple of new clips for you below (and don’t forget to check out our review here)…
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, Hercules finds that in order for good to triumph and justice to prevail… he must again become the hero he once was… he must embrace his own myth… he must be Hercules.
- Gary Collinson
With just a few days left until Brett Ratner's mythical adventure Hercules hits theaters, Paramount Pictures unveils yet another TV spot featuring Dwayne Johnson taking "badass" to the next level. Get a glimpse at some of the intense action scenes in this latest look.
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, Hercules finds that in order for good to triumph and justice to prevail... he must again become the hero he once was... he must embrace his own myth... he must be Hercules. »
It was evident upon walking into the room that Norwegian actor Aksel Hennie and Brit Reece Ritchie get on well with one another – yet they’re merely representative of the entire cast of Hercules, who all seemed to have such a great time making this film. Making for a rather enjoyable day of interviews, to say the least.
In this instance we discuss the spirit amongst the camp, and how beneficial it is to shoot in real locations as opposed to being merely on green screen. We also ask Hennie about his move into Hollywood, as the man who took the starring role in Headhunters, is one of the film’s best assets, despite never actually talking.
Hercules is released on July 25th, and you can read our review here.
- Stefan Pape
On paper, Brett Ratner sounds like such an improbable choice to direct a large-scale ancient Greek epic that, going into his “Hercules,” one could only hope for a less aggressively preposterous affair than Renny Harlin’s bargain-basement “The Legend of Hercules” from earlier this year. The happy surprise is that Ratner’s “Hercules” is more than a mere improvement on its predecessor. It’s a grandly staged, solidly entertaining, old-fashioned adventure movie that does something no other Hercules movie has quite done before: it cuts the mythical son of Zeus down to human size (or as human as you can get while still being played by Dwayne Johnson). The result is a far classier pic than Paramount’s frenetic trailer — and decision to hide the film from reviewers until the eleventh hour — foretold, albeit one that will struggle to find its sea legs at a crowded and underperforming summer box office. »
- Scott Foundas
Dwayne Johnson once again gets to flaunt his WWE Superstar skills as he goes toe-to-toe with a legendary sea beast, the Hydra, in this fourth scene from Hercules. In order to ensure his demi-god status, the iconic muscle man of Greek myth must defeat this nasty multi-headed serpent. Only problem is, cut off one of its heads and two more grow back...If Dwayne Johnson can't kill it, no one can!
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, Hercules finds that in order »
Dwayne Johnson's Hercules faces his second labour - the four-headed Lernean Hydra - in a new clip from the action blockbuster.
Hercules will be released in cinemas on July 25. Watch The Rock speak to Digital Spy about the film below: »
Grading on the Ratner Curve, this is a positive triumph. The cheesy clichés are at least passingly entertaining. You could do worse. I’m “biast” (pro): love Dwayne Johnson
I’m “biast” (con): hate Brett Ratner
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
You think you know the truth about him? You know nothing!” This from the very shouty narrator who opens Hercules for us, presumably in case you saw the hilariously awful The Legend of Hercules earlier this year and were suckered into believing that Kellan Lutz is a demigod. What’s sort of funny and sort of the best thing about this second attempt in a few months to pass off a superhero of the ancient world as one for the 21st century is that the shouty narrator turns out to be Herc’s publicist, and that »
- MaryAnn Johanson
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