Hercules – Movie Review

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Thanks to Paramount Pictures Australia we had the chance to see Brett Ratner‘s ‘Hercules’ before its Australian cinematic release. This is our review of the film, but – as usual – no matter what we say, we recommend that you still go to your local cinema and see the film because there is no better critic than yourself!

hercules-movie-2In this new take on Hercules, none other than Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson himself plays the mythological title hero. This epic blockbuster follows the journey of this son of Zeus who became a living legend after having to complete twelve labours as a way of punishment. After accomplishing these twelve seemingly impossible tasks, Hercules becomes a hero for hire alongside his sidekicks. These include an Amazonian, a savage, a guy who seems to be able to see the future, his best friend and his nephew who is his personal storyteller.

Hercules’ path changes as he agrees to command the army of Lord Cotys (John Hurt). In taking this task upon himself Hercules encounters an unexpected truth that will force him to face some demons from his past and to become the hero he is destined to be.

hercules-movie-3Dwayne Johnson delivers the goods in his biggest solo-effort yet since he first approached a Hollywood studio; Hercules is definitely the epic action-packed tale that the former wrestler always wanted it to be, with great battles, legendary creatures, a solid cast and a clever plot with a serious approach to the characters. Many fans were concerned once much-maligned director Brett Ratner (X-Men: The Last Stand) got attached to this film, but they can rest assured knowing this Hercules is the massively entertaining Dwayne Johnson mega movie they were hoping it would be.

Johnson is obviously totally in his comfort zone, you could easily believe that he is playing his childhood hero, as you truly feel how connected he is with his character. Johnson also bulked up even more than ever before, which shows an incredibly huge level of commitment. In addition, co-stars Ian Mcshane, Rufus Sewell, Aksel Hennie, Reece Ritchie and the stunning and badass amazon Ingrid Bolso Berdal form a perfect support cast around The Rock, with all of them having the opportunity to shine. This ensures a correct balance among the characters, especially if you add the quality and experience of a great actor like John Hurt to an already solid cast.

hercules-movie-1Special effects are well-made and the 3D works fine. However, don’t expect any of the digital characters to look as real as Ceasar in the Planets of The Apes franchise.

The only major letdown of the film is the PG13-qualification, as the lack of blood and gore decreases the impact of the battle scenes a lot, especially when you see a carriage with metal blades on the sides going through a bunch of enemies not losing any limbs at all.

Overall, Hercules is nearly everything The Rock fans expected; it has great action, a stellar cast and a clever realistic take on the iconic hero, which is played by Dwayne Johnson at his best!

Hercules opens in cinemas 24 July 2014