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Fourteen hundred years BCE, a tormented soul walked the earth that was neither man nor god. Hercules was the powerful son of the god king Zeus, for this he received nothing but suffering his entire life. After twelve arduous labours and the loss of his family, this dark, world-weary soul turned his back on the gods finding his only solace in bloody battle. Over the years he warmed to the company of six similar souls, their only bond being their love of fighting and presence of death. These men and women never question where they go to fight or why or whom, just how much they will be paid. Now the King of Thrace has hired these mercenaries to train his men to become the greatest army of all time. It is time for this bunch of lost souls to finally have their eyes opened to how far they have fallen when they must train an army to become as ruthless and blood thirsty as their reputation has become. Written by
Except for Dwayne Johnson's American English, all spoken roles are British English, or spoken by actors with English not their native language. See more »
The movie features numerous characters from mythology and legend, using the Greek names. Except for the title character who is referred to by his Roman name Hercules rather than Heracles. Nearly all movies do this because his Roman name is much more recognizable in pop culture and is a sensible marketing choice. It can be considered a translation of what the characters were really saying. See more »
Written by Jamie N Commons, Michael Gonzalez, Alexander Grant and Samuel Harris
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All I wanted out of this movie was an entertaining adventure out of the strongest demigod. What we got was pretty much the opposite. Don't get me wrong this film has it's fun moments, almost all of which come from Dwayne The Rock Johnson's one liners. But the film doesn't at all give us what the trailers promised us. Hercules isn't even a demigod. He is just a legendary warrior who happens to have a following that create his back-story.
The Rock was a great Hercules. He, much like Arnold in the old days, has a tremendous amount of charisma and charm that carries over well to all his roles. But even he couldn't save this by the numbers swords and sandals flick. It's a very interesting move on the part of the filmmakers to not have him actually be Zeus' son, I give them credit for having the guts. But it didn't pay off. Some of the best parts of the Disney Hercules movie was this half god man defeating these huge and terrifying beasts. It was his journey to becoming a hero. But instead this film focuses a great deal on the war-like battles he helps the people of Thrace in. I realize some of these comments may come off as too nostalgic or that I'm not reviewing what I see instead what I wanted to see, but the reality is the film didn't deliver.
If there is a sequel, which there very well could be because it was semi-successful, I would hope they change up the back-story somehow. It's just a waste to have The Rock playing Hercules and not give the character what it deserves. Not much of the cast stuck out as giving great performances or bad. And the film is pretty predictable. The spectacle was nice though. I actually thought the effects were great for the most part and the battle sequences weren't anything to scoff at. I just don't think it was enough to overcome the films major weaknesses.
+The Rock's charisma
+Biggest and baddest Herucles yet
-Takes away the best part of Hercules
-By the numbers
-Predictable, nothing stands out
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