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The Legend of Hercules (2014)

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The origin story of the mythical Greek hero. Betrayed by his stepfather, the King, and exiled and sold into slavery because of a forbidden love, Hercules must use his formidable powers to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom.

Director:

Renny Harlin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kellan Lutz ... Hercules
Gaia Weiss ... Hebe
Scott Adkins ... King Amphitryon
Roxanne McKee ... Queen Alcmene
Liam Garrigan ... Iphicles
Liam McIntyre ... Sotiris
Rade Serbedzija ... Chiron
Johnathon Schaech ... Tarak
Luke Newberry ... Agamemnon
Kenneth Cranham ... Lucius
Mariah Gale ... Kakia
Sarai Givaty ... Saphirra
Dimiter Doichinov Dimiter Doichinov ... King Galenus / Champion #1 (as Dimitar Doychinov)
Nikolai Sotirov Nikolai Sotirov ... King Tallas (as Nikolay Sotirov)
Radoslav Parvanov ... Half Face / Champion #3
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Storyline

In Ancient Greece 1200 B.C., a queen succumbs to the lust of Zeus to bear a son promised to overthrow the tyrannical rule of the king and restore peace to a land in hardship. But this prince, Hercules, knows nothing of his real identity or his destiny. He desires only one thing: the love of Hebe, Princess of Crete, who has been promised to his own brother. When Hercules learns of his greater purpose, he must choose: to flee with his true love or to fulfill his destiny and become the true hero of his time. The story behind one of the greatest myths is revealed in this action-packed epic - a tale of love, sacrifice and the strength of the human spirit. Written by Millennium Entertainment

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Every man has a destiny See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense combat action and violence, and for some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Hercules Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Sofia, Bulgaria See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,600,000, 12 January 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$18,848,538

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$61,402,445
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

There is not one Greek name among the actors in the entire cast list. See more »

Goofs

In the final battle Hercules is wearing the cloak made from the hide of the Nemean lion. This cloak was last seen in the possession of Iphicles and there is no scene explaining how Hercules got it. See more »

Quotes

King Amphitryon: Have you come to bring the wrath of Zeus upon me boy?
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Connections

Version of Herakles (1962) See more »

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Lebkuchen
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Written by Valère Kaletka, Jacques Saly, Mathieu Lavarenne & Pat Jabbar
Performed by Oxalys XL
Barraka Publishing
Courtesy of Barraka El Farnatshi
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Not much worse than expected
13 January 2014 | by zalesskySee all my reviews

Hercules is not entirely a disaster, as one might expect. A low-budget PG-13 adaptation of 300-style movies made in Bulgaria, this movie is in line with the expectations on what Renny Harlin is capable of.

While not being a disaster on a whole, it's a disaster in parts. The special effects, while being descent 3D images at times, are badly connected with live shots. There are many moments when perspective of such sequences is distorted in really obvious (and unintentionally funny) ways. There are numerous anachronisms. Characters use costumes and jewelry that could not be available in ancient Greece. Screenplay, while not being completely absurd, has some rather awkward dialog lines and unexplainable plot moments.

Unfortunately, the movie is not a Hercules legend but rather a shallow love story and family drama. There's even a bathing scene in a romantic- looking pond with flowers under a waterfall (the water in the pond is so dirty though that one can only feel pity for the actors). There are no heroic deeds of Hercules depicted in this movie.

One last blow for Hercules is PG-13 rating. There's no blood at all. When swords pierce bodies, they re-appear absolutely clean. When one of the characters was struck in the neck, the next shot showed his neck without a sign of a would or even a drop of blood. One of the few things the movie managed to deliver were some dynamic battle sequences; but PG- 13 made them look fake. In the age of 300 and Spartacus TV show, this is not something you want to waste your time on.

Unless you wish to add to a surprising $8 mln box office success after its first weekend, which will probably make this movie more profitable than most other current releases.


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