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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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Renny Harlin
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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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Every man has a destiny See more »


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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

Kellan Lutz said his co-star Scott Adkins had the body of a god and that his physique was so great, it looked green-screened. He also said it "did not make his Hercules character look too well." See more »

Goofs

Sotiris asks for 20 men to secure the passage. More than 20 march with him. Before the fight scene the numbers keep switching in there formation to 17-18 men. Finally they were at 20 once they formed the shield wall. See more »

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King Amphitryon: Have you come to bring the wrath of Zeus upon me boy?
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Version of Hercules (1997) See more »

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Circle In Seven
Written by Zarbang
Performed by Zarbang
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Shocked at how a film this bad made it to theatres/cinemas
19 September 2016 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Not the worst of anything to do with the Hercules legend, there are a few obscure low budget animated adaptations (not feature length) that are marginally worse. When it comes to feature length films, it would be very difficult to think of a worse depiction of Hercules than 'The Legend of Hercules'.

The sole saving grace is Liam McIntyre. He is the only actor who tries and the only one to feel right for his character and within the tone of the story. However the rest of the acting was just diabolical. Kellan Lutz has to be one of the most charisma-free and can't-act-his-way-out-a-paper-bag actors working today, he brings none of the heroism and conflict of this great charismatic hero and spends all his screen time looking blank and wooden and uttering his admittedly terrible lines with the flattest and most awkward line delivery imaginable.

Can't say anything better about the ladies either, who also show their acting limitations, especially the portrayal of Hebe who is in dire need of an acting coach. The obligatory villain acting is so pantomimic and overdone that one's surprised at how there was any scenery left from all the chewing, and it is so cartoonish that it veers on at times unintentionally comical rather than menacing.

Blame cannot be entirely laid at their door though. 'The Legend of Hercules' is very incompetently directed by a director that in the film's worst parts even makes Uwe Ball look good. Even worse is the script, which is extremely flabby and heavy in banality and melodrama. The characters are genre stereotypes basically and have the development of a thin piece of cardboard. The story, what there is of it (for the running time this is often wafer-thin and threadbare storytelling) rushes from one scene and plot point to another, and jumps around constantly that following what's going on is not always easy. But because the writing and characterisation has so little to them and that thrills, emotional engagement and such are next to none the film feels interminably dull and lifeless often.

Some bad fantasy-action-adventure films have the credit of looking good. That cannot be said at all for 'The Legend of Hercules' that looks like direct to video fodder from SyFy or The Asylum. The photography is unfocused and editing choppy, with an irritating over-reliance of slow motion and impregnated pauses that come over often as gimmicky, excessive and unnecessary. The sets and costumes look recycled, and to say that the special effects are dodgy is not just an understatement but actually pretty insulting, some of the worst effects of any film seen in recent years.

What little there is of the action is at best uninspired choreographically, an eyesore visually and in terms of peril they're somewhat tame. The music score is lifeless and forgettable, very generic genre scoring actually. The 50s and 60s Hercules films may have been cheap and cheesy, but at least they knew what their goals were, who they were aiming at and what tone to take. 'The Legend of Hercules' fails at all three of those things, often it was difficult to work out what it was trying to be or what tone it was aiming for as it tries to be light-hearted fun and also take it seriously and fails abysmally at both.

To summarise, very bad film. How it made it to theatres/cinemas and not straight to DVD is honestly a complete enigma to me, and this is coming from a very subjective person when expressing opinions. 2/10 Bethany Cox


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