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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
Written by Jamie N Commons, Michael Gonzalez, Alexander Grant and Samuel Harris
Performed by Jamie N Commons and X Ambassadors
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My expectations of this movie were not so high. Why? Because I was expecting another Wrath of the Titans kind of mess with legends and monsters and some comedy with a bad storyline and focus on effects and not on storytelling. Luckily I was wrong. This is a very entertaining and well made movie.
The scriptwriter did something smart: he took the legend of Hercules and his 12 chores and took the magical away by explaining what the monsters actually were and are. Obviously Hercules himself ís extremely strong and has the help of his friends to keep the legend alive. When he finds out he made a wrong choice he has to accept who he is.
Dwayne Johnson is such a remarkable person. Every time he appears in a movie I still think beforehand, well let's see why they hired the Rock for this part. And every time I am surprised by his edginess, natural charm and acting skills. If it's action movie or comedy, he always delivers, maybe not Oscar-worthy but he does the job he was hired for. Here as well. You do believe his strength, he has several leader-speeches and delivers them with ease and conviction as if he has been doing this his whole life. His troubled soul regarding his family did get its place in his character development. Maybe that could have integrated a bit more in his character, but did I miss it? No. The rest of the movie is very well cast as well. No one is mediocre, everyone delivers what is needed and then some more. Especially Ian McShane, John Hurt and Rufus Sewell were once again a pleasure to watch.
The script was well written, it's pace is good and there is no unnecessary scenes that have nothing to do with character development or storyline. The dialogues are strong and well- written. The twists in the story are believable and the typical Hollywood action movie- development is used in an organic way. In the trailer you do see some magical things happen, like the lightening whip. But in the movie this has made normal again, and that was a good choice.
This all makes it an entertaining and well made movie, one I think I wouldn't mind watching again in some time.
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