Hercules

2014

Action / Adventure / Fantasy

842
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 60%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 50%
IMDb Rating 6 10 129537

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Rebecca Ferguson as Ergenia
Dwayne Johnson as Hercules
Rufus Sewell as Autolycus
John Hurt as Lord Cotys
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PG-13
23.976 fps
1hr 38 min
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23.976 fps
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23.976 fps
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Anthony Zappia 8 / 10

A real surprise

This film was a real surprise to me. I was expecting something that was a cross between Kevin Sorbo's TV show and Wrath of the Titans. But the producers chose a completely different direction for this re-telling. Aside from the shorts at the beginning we see no monsters. Nor do we see beautiful gods and goddesses. Hercules' greatest enemy in this story is the very real (and human) threat of betrayal and treachery. And rather than a one man- show, we see Hercules aided by a band of loyal friends who are every bit as skilled as the demigod. The film raises the question what is more important: what others believe of you or what you believe about yourself? The film has a bevy of great actors including John Hurt, Ian McShane and Rufus Sewell and I think Dwayne Johnson is perfect for the main role.

Reviewed by darkguardian-99861 6 / 10

Meh

Well, the movie is below average. Of course, Dwayne Johnson once again plays himself and despite the fact that he can be fun, he doesn't really fit. Only thing keeping the movie above 5 stars, is that it has the interesting thing that it implies that Hercule's labors are implied to be fiction. Frankly, there are better Hercules movies out there if you want.

Reviewed by fc_candido 7 / 10

Not that incredible, but not necessary bad.

Hercules is a movie all about expectations. Based on the trailer and the promotional material, it easy to assume that the movie would be about the classic story of Hercules doing his twelve labors, but this hope is rapidly broken in the movie's first minutes, which show that the myths are just lies or exaggerations spread by Hercules and his mercenary friends to benefit themselves by getting easy gold and inspiring fear. Because of that, the movie subverts what is expected from a mythological movie and transforms itself in quite a surprise. I personally enjoyed this initial twist, but I can understand the disappointment of someone that went to the theaters expecting Hercules to beat some monsters.

Apart from the subversion of the premise of a normal mythological movie, like Disney's Hercules animation (which treats supernatural beings as a part of its universe), Hercules is not quite different from a conventional action movie like Fast and Furious. It has fighting scenes and, in the end, what matters is friends trusting in each other.

A good part of the movie is just about The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) being The Rock, an incredible strong guy that likes to show his muscles and always does the right thing when it matters, but in this movie especially he does not see any problem in lying to get money, though. During the movie, the question about what is fiction or not is raised, just to leave the conclusion cloudy as to whether supernatural powers are something real or not in its narrative universe. Doing this in the end bothered me because it is possible to understand the movie as a generic movie in which the protagonist has super human strength and that simply negates its initial subversion of the genre of mythological movies.

In addition, the most prominent message that the film brings is that narratives can be dangerous, and that they can be used to control people's opinion of an oppressor as someone good. Therefore, we need to have more sides to a history than just one and we cannot trust everything that we are told. It a good message to bring in a blockbuster movie that at seems quite unpretentious, especially in 2014, when we were not so immersed in this post-truth era of politics.

In conclusion, the movie is just OK. It has an interesting premise and it is packed with enough action and comedy to be fun and bring some kind of message at the same time. It will not blow your mind, but it will certainly provide you, your friends and some popcorn with a good time.

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