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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.

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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 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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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

Jukka Hilden from the Finnish stunt group The Dudesons played a character named Creon in the film, but the story arc he was in was cut from the film. See more »

Goofs

Stirrups were not invented for many centuries after the time period this film attempts to portray. Certainly the ancient Greeks did not use them. However, they are seen in the opening battle and throughout the rest of the movie. See more »

Quotes

King Amphitryon: Have you come to bring the wrath of Zeus upon me boy?
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Cinnamon Stew
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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A Lesser Hercules
5 November 2016 | by MVictorPjinsisteSee all my reviews

First, it isn't "Hercules", but "Heracles", "grace of Hera". I don't know how come Anglo people have such a hard time with the immortal hero's original, Greek name. In here, about each time they pronounced his name, they underline the fact that it meant "Heracles, grace of Hera" but called him by his Roman name anyway. It added a superfluous layer of fake of the movie, IMO.

Moving on; The title is ironic anyway because the legend of Heracles gets severely mangled here: Oh, we've got the Nemean lion, but no mention of the snakes send after his crib, or the twelve labours, or any other chapter in the life of this godly hero plagued with many too human traits. No, what we've got here is a likable farm hand boy and a run-of-the-mill love triangle story so mundane that elaborating about it would be useless. He shows little strength of either will or muscle, being easily overpowered about half a dozen times in the movie.

The whole movie is sanitized to the point that there is no blood nor flesh nor any of these nasty things that takes place in the world we live in. To make this gruel more appealing, it was filmed à la Gladiator (from which it also takes its basic script) and 300, for the battle sequences and general photography (complete with an abuse of Matrix-like stop motion, for *every* move). There is action and romance all of the time, and yet indifference ensues. There's a fine line between cleanliness and insipidity.

The actors, rushed and lacking direction, vary from acceptable (Kenneth Cranham) to mediocre (pretty much everybody else). The sets, stunts and fights do look good, but lack originality. The soundtrack is, well, unnoticeable.

Short version: 3/10. Pretty much because I am outraged that Heracles, the basis for what we know today as the "super-heroes" culture, is being reduced here to a romantic teenage gladiator. On the other hand the movie is great if one has sleeping disorders - works every time for me.


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