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The Legend of Hercules
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May 14, 2014 By: Chris Bumbray
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Director:
Renny Harlin

Actors:
Kellan Lutz
Scott Adkins
Liam Garrigan

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Hercules (Kellan Lutz) – second in line to a vast kingdom in Ancient Greece, is banished by his jealous half-brother, to in an undermanned garrison in Egypt, where he’s promptly defeated in battle and made a slave by the victorious Egyptians. With the help of his former commander (SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE’s Liam McIntyre), Hercules tries to make it home before his beloved Hebe (Gaia Weiss) is forced to marry his evil brother, while also learning to accept his true lineage, as the half-mortal son of Zeus.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
What the heck has happened to Renny Harlin? Back in the nineties, Harlin was a top action director who – for a while anyway – couldn’t go wrong. DIE HARD 2, CLIFFHANGER, heck even THE ADVENTURES OF FORD FAIRLANE. These were fun – and in the case of CLIFFHANGER – occasionally great action movies, and while CUTTHROAT ISLAND was a notable flop, even that is way better than its rep suggests. And THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT? To me it’s a classic. DEEP BLUE SEA? Fun cheese. Somewhere around MINDHUNTERS, things started to go wrong for Harlin, and while this is his first movie to hit the big-screen in a while, THE LEGEND OF HERCULES is far from the comeback Harlin fans were hoping for. I’d even call this his nadir if it wasn’t for THE COVENANT.

The fact that this ever even got made is puzzling to say the least. While Millenium tried their hand at the sword & sorcery genre with the CONAN THE BARBARIAN reboot, THE LEGEND OF HERCULES feels like a much cheaper attempt. While Wikipedia states the budget at $70 million, it’s hard to see where the money went. Certainly it didn’t go into the FX work, which doesn’t look good – even on the small screen. An early wrasslin’ match between Hercules and a lion is unintentionally hilarious and notable in that Cecil B. DeMille did the same thing sixty-five years ago in SAMSON & DELLIAH, and it looked better then (it helped that they used a real – if heavily drugged – lion)!

More than anything, this feels like an attempt to cash-in on Brett Ratner’s upcoming mega-budget Hercules movie with Dwayne Johnson in the lead. Instead of a legitimately macho movie star, here we get TWILIGHT actor Kellan Lutz. To give Lutz his due, the guy has a damn impressive physique, and clearly he impressed the right people somewhere along the way as he’s part of the ensemble in Millenium’s upcoming EXPENDABLES 3. However, the guy doesn’t have much charisma and is certainly no threat to The Rock.

What’s especially puzzling is the fact that Harlin’s got the perfect guy in the cast to play Hercules, Scott Adkins, but he’s sidelined to a generic baddie role, where he’s absent for a good chunk of the running time. It’s worth noting the only really decent action sequence is an opening scrap where Adkins takes on another soldier, only to quickly dispatch him. Why wasn’t HE the lead?
THE EXTRAS
3D and 2D versions: Like most 3D discs, this defaults to 2D if you don’t have the 3D setup – which was the case for me so this review only pertains to the regular flat edition.

Commentary track : Harlin and Lutz sit in for a pretty dull, sporadic commentary track that’s mostly devoid of any really fun stories. Likely this was recorded during production so it sounds like a piece of EPK fluff. The best commentary tracks – especially on flops – usually only come years later, although I doubt this will be revisited any time soon.

The Making of The Legend of Hercules Just your typical dull, fifteen minute epk featurette which was likely only added as an afterthought. There’s nothing especially interesting here, just lots of canned interviews. Eminently skippable.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I doubt anyone’s too surprised by my review, with THE LEGEND OF HERCULES being pretty soundly trounced by action fans during its theatrical run (it never even opened in Montreal). If you just want some cheesy sword & sandal fun, you’re better off watching an episode of McIntyre’s SPARTACUS, or even HERCULES: THE LEGENDARY JOURNEYS. Both are a whole lot better than this. Ratner and Johnson sure don’t have a hard act to follow.
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2:30AM on 05/15/2014
Lutz is a no talent ass clown
Lutz is a no talent ass clown
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4:50PM on 05/14/2014

The ONLY thing this blue ray is good for...

...is for picking up dog poop on those deed restricted communities or when youre walking through the city. Frankly, the only eye candy on this film is the female role who tries so tirelessly to lift the movie up in her tiny arms. To only fail so badly it makes me regret me taking the time to pay, rent, and waste 2hrs of my life...I will now never get back. That lion CGI scene mentioned below made me think of those awesome good ol' times spent playing World of WarCraft...where I knew the land
...is for picking up dog poop on those deed restricted communities or when youre walking through the city. Frankly, the only eye candy on this film is the female role who tries so tirelessly to lift the movie up in her tiny arms. To only fail so badly it makes me regret me taking the time to pay, rent, and waste 2hrs of my life...I will now never get back. That lion CGI scene mentioned below made me think of those awesome good ol' times spent playing World of WarCraft...where I knew the land was fake along with the animals and its characters. Why they used the technology to create the same visuals to shoot that scene is beyond me. If you're thinking of renting it, dont. If you're thinking of Netflixing it, dont. The movie needs to crash, burn, and be forgotten along with those godawful Jennifer Lopez films. ...go see Kevin Sorbo's Hercules series or Xena: Warrior Princess for that matter. You'll be far more entertained. ...learn from my mistake.
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3:36PM on 05/14/2014
This film was worse than bad.
This film was worse than bad.
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4:52AM on 05/14/2014

I enjoyed it...

and the 3D was good. But yes, it's such a pity that a guy who directed such good action movies in the 90's is now in disgrace in Hollywood, dommed to direct B movies.
and the 3D was good. But yes, it's such a pity that a guy who directed such good action movies in the 90's is now in disgrace in Hollywood, dommed to direct B movies.
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2:42AM on 05/14/2014
It turns out to be an unintentionally funny movie. Even in some dramatic scenes, I can't help but laugh. Then Hercules swings his sword baths with Thunder and Lightning. Suddenly he's Power Ranger!
It turns out to be an unintentionally funny movie. Even in some dramatic scenes, I can't help but laugh. Then Hercules swings his sword baths with Thunder and Lightning. Suddenly he's Power Ranger!
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2:21AM on 05/14/2014
A true masterpiece of so bad it's good. "He is the reason I wake up in the morning to embrace the day!"
A true masterpiece of so bad it's good. "He is the reason I wake up in the morning to embrace the day!"
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