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Dwayne Johnson beats a lot of beasts in first trailer for Hercules

03.25.2014

We now have our first look at Dwayne Johnson's HERCULES from director Brett Ratner and it feels like a moody kind of fantasy action pic. Featuring Johnson as the titular hero, the trailer is narrated by co-star Ian McShane who teases the legendary aspect of the character, who roams around a lot of different regions fighting a wide assortment of beasts and monsters. If anything, this film looks very different from Renny Harlin's THE LEGEND OF HERCULES released earlier this year.

"I Am Hercules!":

Here's the synopsis:

Having enduring his legendary twelve labors, Hercules, the Greek demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord.

Still a little close to call, but I'm intrigued. I won't say blown away, but in all honesty I never expected to be. Ultimately, my expectations were set squarely on "this should be fun" and from the trailer I'd say it looks very much that way. It feels akin to the early THE MUMMY films (of which Johnson got his big-screen start), which were some pretty fun, hair-brained entertainment. If nothing else, you know Johnson is going to be a blast to watch in this and for that alone, you can count me in.

HERCULES, starring Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane, John Hurt, Joseph Fiennes, Rufus Sewell, and Irina Shayk bashes into theaters on July 25, 2014.

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6:04PM on 03/26/2014
Aside from McShane's narration going on a bit too long, I gotta admit the fact that they are obviously paying homage to the myth of Hercules with him wearing that lion skin is worth something. I still don't trust it, but now I want to know more.
Aside from McShane's narration going on a bit too long, I gotta admit the fact that they are obviously paying homage to the myth of Hercules with him wearing that lion skin is worth something. I still don't trust it, but now I want to know more.
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9:01AM on 03/26/2014
I like the cinematography. Some of those shots look really cool and Dwayne Johnson is a solid actor. Could still go either way though...
I like the cinematography. Some of those shots look really cool and Dwayne Johnson is a solid actor. Could still go either way though...
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9:32PM on 03/25/2014
I went into this with an open mind. I enjoy Dwayne Johnson and unlike many people I actually don't think Brett Ratner is terrible (XM3 aside, most of his movies are at least entertaining). But this looks awful, I mean recent Shyamalan bad. The best I can say is I can't wait to see the memes for that last shot from that trailer.
I went into this with an open mind. I enjoy Dwayne Johnson and unlike many people I actually don't think Brett Ratner is terrible (XM3 aside, most of his movies are at least entertaining). But this looks awful, I mean recent Shyamalan bad. The best I can say is I can't wait to see the memes for that last shot from that trailer.
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3:16AM on 03/26/2014
Shyamalan bad??? Let's not be hasty here. That's a serious statement! Very few can get THAT bad!
Shyamalan bad??? Let's not be hasty here. That's a serious statement! Very few can get THAT bad!
8:25PM on 03/25/2014
I'm with wolverinerpt here...it just looks like he really missed playing the Scorpion King.
I'm with wolverinerpt here...it just looks like he really missed playing the Scorpion King.
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8:04PM on 03/25/2014

About what I expected

Again, The Rock will appeal to the masses so it'll be something both me and my kids could enjoy. Hopefully it isn't along the lines of a Scorpion King...
Again, The Rock will appeal to the masses so it'll be something both me and my kids could enjoy. Hopefully it isn't along the lines of a Scorpion King...
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7:11PM on 03/25/2014

Awesome!

I really have a thing for mythic strongman type characters and I've been wondering for a while why we haven't gotten a new Hercules. This really looks like everything I could want from one as well. There's definitely some of the 12 labors stories (Awesome) and I'm not even a Dwayne Johnson fan but I have no problem with him being cast and he's actually pretty good in this trailer (except for that shot at the end that's practicality begging to be a gif).
I really have a thing for mythic strongman type characters and I've been wondering for a while why we haven't gotten a new Hercules. This really looks like everything I could want from one as well. There's definitely some of the 12 labors stories (Awesome) and I'm not even a Dwayne Johnson fan but I have no problem with him being cast and he's actually pretty good in this trailer (except for that shot at the end that's practicality begging to be a gif).
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6:10PM on 03/25/2014

Hmmm

On the fence. I mean i didn't see a single shot of the power rings or that flute playing half goat prick. What the hell kind of Hercules is this supposed to be?!?
On the fence. I mean i didn't see a single shot of the power rings or that flute playing half goat prick. What the hell kind of Hercules is this supposed to be?!?
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6:08PM on 03/25/2014

I cant in good conscious say

that this looks better or worse than the trailer for the LEgend of Hercules with Kellan Lutz. This trailer is pure fromage and has a terrible ending with The Rock screaming I am Hercules. Im sure the movie will be much better than the Harlin version. But anyone saying this trailer is better.....that opinion is questionable at best.
that this looks better or worse than the trailer for the LEgend of Hercules with Kellan Lutz. This trailer is pure fromage and has a terrible ending with The Rock screaming I am Hercules. Im sure the movie will be much better than the Harlin version. But anyone saying this trailer is better.....that opinion is questionable at best.
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5:35PM on 03/25/2014

Oh... great

Just what the World needs.. more crappy CGI

*facepalm*
Just what the World needs.. more crappy CGI

*facepalm*
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5:35PM on 03/25/2014

Hmmm

I really hoped for something much better than this. I'm still interested because of the Rock but this looks really generic. It's another swords and sandals type of movie that seems to come out every year. Way too many CGI unrealistic monsters, over-the-top, PG-13 action that really sucks out all of the tension and another "become the hero and save the world" type plot. Ii even has the same picture hue as all of the desert/sand based movies starting with Indiana Jones or even earlier from
I really hoped for something much better than this. I'm still interested because of the Rock but this looks really generic. It's another swords and sandals type of movie that seems to come out every year. Way too many CGI unrealistic monsters, over-the-top, PG-13 action that really sucks out all of the tension and another "become the hero and save the world" type plot. Ii even has the same picture hue as all of the desert/sand based movies starting with Indiana Jones or even earlier from Lawrence of Arabia.

There's nothing here that I haven't seen before and to use the Rock, one of the best action stars in the world, and make him do CGI action is a horrible waste.
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7:22PM on 03/25/2014
Yeah, not at all like The Mummy Returns, G.I. Joe Retaliation, Doom, Journey 2, or Fast and Furious. All of which were also Pg-13 by the way. Seriously, this guy's first major role was as a CGI body on top of a Scorpion.
Yeah, not at all like The Mummy Returns, G.I. Joe Retaliation, Doom, Journey 2, or Fast and Furious. All of which were also Pg-13 by the way. Seriously, this guy's first major role was as a CGI body on top of a Scorpion.
7:38PM on 03/25/2014
Did I say anywhere that those movies were good? The Rock shines in straight-up action flicks like the Rundown, Faster, Fast Five, Furious 6 or Walking Tall. Sure, some of them are PG-13 but the action is not so CG heavy and his action scenes are quite brutal and realistic in all of them. The same could be even said of GI Joe 2. The movie was largely over-the-top but his scenes untilized him very well.
Did I say anywhere that those movies were good? The Rock shines in straight-up action flicks like the Rundown, Faster, Fast Five, Furious 6 or Walking Tall. Sure, some of them are PG-13 but the action is not so CG heavy and his action scenes are quite brutal and realistic in all of them. The same could be even said of GI Joe 2. The movie was largely over-the-top but his scenes untilized him very well.
5:20PM on 03/25/2014

PG13 all over it.

Looks wack.
Looks wack.
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5:06PM on 03/25/2014
Cheese overdose. I hope its just the trailer that looks this lame, Ratner...
Cheese overdose. I hope its just the trailer that looks this lame, Ratner...
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4:57PM on 03/25/2014
Hey look, another lame screaming of "I AM *INSERT NAME*!"

Too much bad CGI, and horrible dialog. Nice Cinematography though.
Hey look, another lame screaming of "I AM *INSERT NAME*!"

Too much bad CGI, and horrible dialog. Nice Cinematography though.
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4:27PM on 03/25/2014
In my opinion; if it ain't Kevin Sorbo, it ain't Hercules!
In my opinion; if it ain't Kevin Sorbo, it ain't Hercules!
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3:33PM on 03/25/2014

Boooooring

Did I fall asleep and wake up in 2002? Wtf is up with the horrible CGI?

Other than that, its a story thats been told before. Go watch the Conan remake, this movie and the last Hercules (2014) movie released a few months ago and tell me the differences...
Did I fall asleep and wake up in 2002? Wtf is up with the horrible CGI?

Other than that, its a story thats been told before. Go watch the Conan remake, this movie and the last Hercules (2014) movie released a few months ago and tell me the differences...
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3:24PM on 03/25/2014

I. Am. Hercules.

This. Is. Spartaaaaaaaa !
This. Is. Spartaaaaaaaa !
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3:07PM on 03/25/2014

Question

Has there ever been a good Hercules film?
Has there ever been a good Hercules film?
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3:18PM on 03/25/2014
Hercules in the Haunted World. Directed by Mario Bava (mostly known for horror) with Reg Park and Christopher Lee - its very surreal - yes it's a bit cheese, but very well done for the time and it's a lot of fun!
Hercules in the Haunted World. Directed by Mario Bava (mostly known for horror) with Reg Park and Christopher Lee - its very surreal - yes it's a bit cheese, but very well done for the time and it's a lot of fun!
3:05PM on 03/25/2014

Looks good

I'm actually kind of luke-warm toward The Rock, it seems like they try to shoehorn him into roles that he doesn't really belong in. But this looks really good to me, and a role that maybe he was born to play. I've never been drawn to The Rock before, but I'll be seeing this one. A Hercules picture is just the sort of thing that Ratner might be good at directing.
I'm actually kind of luke-warm toward The Rock, it seems like they try to shoehorn him into roles that he doesn't really belong in. But this looks really good to me, and a role that maybe he was born to play. I've never been drawn to The Rock before, but I'll be seeing this one. A Hercules picture is just the sort of thing that Ratner might be good at directing.
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2:52PM on 03/25/2014

Hmmmm

I'm undecided. Not a big fan of him screaming his name in the trailer.....comes off kind of cheesy.

The rest of it looked fine, but there was no plot so I don't really have anything to judge.
I'm undecided. Not a big fan of him screaming his name in the trailer.....comes off kind of cheesy.

The rest of it looked fine, but there was no plot so I don't really have anything to judge.
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2:09PM on 03/25/2014

Kinda has that T2 music going on

Seeing this trailer, there's definitely more fantasy to this then I initially figured. For some reason, past articles and pictures had me believe this was based more in a real world setting, like Clive Owens King Arthur adaptation.
Seeing this trailer, there's definitely more fantasy to this then I initially figured. For some reason, past articles and pictures had me believe this was based more in a real world setting, like Clive Owens King Arthur adaptation.
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1:39PM on 03/25/2014

Looks fun, but.....

they really need to stop using the "whoooooom" and tugboat sound in movie trailers. It's been done to death.
they really need to stop using the "whoooooom" and tugboat sound in movie trailers. It's been done to death.
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1:29PM on 03/25/2014

Surprised me

That actually looks like a lot of fun
That actually looks like a lot of fun
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1:05PM on 03/25/2014
How does this look good again? It is a Ratner joint after all and the CG reminds me of 47 Ronin... Pass.
How does this look good again? It is a Ratner joint after all and the CG reminds me of 47 Ronin... Pass.
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12:56PM on 03/25/2014
Shit just got serious. Looks like alot of fun.
Shit just got serious. Looks like alot of fun.
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12:55PM on 03/25/2014
Looks better than that Renny Harlin version, but we'll see. Dwayne Johnson is a plus and Irina Shayk is hot.
Looks better than that Renny Harlin version, but we'll see. Dwayne Johnson is a plus and Irina Shayk is hot.
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12:53PM on 03/25/2014
I like the music.
I like the music.
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7:07PM on 03/25/2014
How can I get a thumbs down for liking the music. There is no pleasing some people.
How can I get a thumbs down for liking the music. There is no pleasing some people.
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12:51PM on 03/25/2014
That was a cool sword he was using to fight (I'm assuming) the Hydra!
That was a cool sword he was using to fight (I'm assuming) the Hydra!
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12:43PM on 03/25/2014
Looks pretty cool. I hope those monster battles aren't just flashbacks or something. Hercules in the Haunted World is still my fave Herc movie though. I also like the Lou Ferrigno ones too!
Looks pretty cool. I hope those monster battles aren't just flashbacks or something. Hercules in the Haunted World is still my fave Herc movie though. I also like the Lou Ferrigno ones too!
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12:37PM on 03/25/2014

Ummmm

WTF did I just watch?
WTF did I just watch?
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12:36PM on 03/25/2014
THIS is the Hercules I'm looking forward to. Definitely looks like fun and Dwayne always brings a great commitment.
THIS is the Hercules I'm looking forward to. Definitely looks like fun and Dwayne always brings a great commitment.
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