Hercules (2014) – Movie Review
Plot: 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.
Review: Hercules – The name in itself should inspire greatness, strength, integrity. A story of one person who overcomes the barrage of challenges set before him and comes out the victor.
Over the decades, there have been many films and TV shows based on the legend of Hercules, and this film certainly does not disappoint.
The film opens with the story of Hercules and the twelve labours. We see him battle the Lernaean Hydra, slay the Erymanthian Boar, and kill the Nemean Lion with bare hands. Just when you think this flick is all about Dwayne Johnson, it’s revealed that the narrator is the nephew of Hercules, exaggerating the story of his uncle, trying to convince a bunch of pirates not to execute him by putting a stake through his arse.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars as Hercules. Son of Zeus. One man whose legend precedes him. In this film (like the others he has been in), Dwayne once again shows that he is a Hollywood heavyweight, and brings the story of Hercules to life in this adaptation of the Greco-Roman myth.
John Hurt stars as Lord Cotys. The megalomaniac (in secret) king who puts on the face of peace, and hides his true master plan.. World Domination! He is driven by lust and power, and while making it seem as though factions are uprising against his kingdom, it is obvious that he is behind the entire plan to conquer – what was then – the known world.
Along for the ride in this epic film are his band of Mercenaries.
Rufus Sewell plays Autolycas. The self-proclaimed “king of thieves” and Hercules best friend since they were knee-high to a Minotaur.
Ingrid Bolso Berdal plays Atalanta. A huntress who’s as good with a bow, as she is with a sword.
With the line up of names such as Dwayne Johnson, John Hurt and Joseph Fiennes, this is a movie that you need to sit down and watch as the legend continues 🙂
To say anything more will give the game away, but I will say this: There is plenty of action for everyone.
Verdict: Hercules… The Legend Continues…
My Rating: 8 out of 10
Posted on November 2, 2014, in Movie Reviews and tagged Dwayne Johnson, Film Review, Hercules (2014), Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, John Hurt, Joseph Fiennes, Movie Review, Rufus Sewell. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.