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Full trailer for Renny Harlin's Hercules: The Legend Begins comes smashing in

Oct. 13, 2013by: Paul Shirey

A few days ago we got our first peek at director Renny Harlin's take on the sword-and-sandal genre, HERCULES: THE LEGEND BEGINS and now we have a full trailer to contend with. Starring Kellan Lutz as the titular demigod and Scott Adkins as King Amphitryon, the film has got a lower rent feel to it, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. If you think about it, that's was the charm of these types of films back in the day, including the old Steve Reeves Hercules films. Cheese and melodrama were always part of the flair.

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Here's the synopsis:

In Ancient Greece 1200 B.C., a queen succumbs to the lust of Zeus to bear a son promised to overthrow the tyrannical rule of the king and restore peace to a land in hardship. But this prince, Hercules, knows nothing of his real identity or his destiny. He desires only one thing: the love of Hebe, Princess of Crete, who has been promised to his own brother. When Hercules learns of his greater purpose, he must choose: to flee with his true love or to fulfill his destiny and become the true hero of his time. The story behind one of the greatest myths is revealed in this action-packed epic - a tale of love, sacrifice and the strength of the human spirit.

Yeah, it looks pretty cheesy, but it's got the right tone for the B-grade aspect of the genre. Could that work in it's favor? Absolutely. Could it sink it as well? You betcha. I'm pulling for it, though, as I'll always be hoping for Renny Harlin to get back in the big leagues and I'm certainly game for an old fashioned genre romp. Hopefully it delivers in the areas it really needs to and doesn't squander in areas it doesn't (i.e. more action, less everything else).

HERCULES: THE LEGEND BEGINS starts the high-flying swordplay sometime in March 2014.

Extra Tidbit: What do you think? Does this one have a chance or is it destined for video?
Source: Millenium Films

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1:17PM on 10/14/2013

is this a TV show?

cuz this really looks like a CW series. i dont know what they think they are accomplishing by tacking Harlin's name onto this. The man hasnt really done much worthwhile since the 90s, Burn Notice aside. I loved Spartacus overall and everybody digs 300. This isnt either of those, only a sad sad ghost of them both, haunting the straight-to-DVD section of a closed down Blockbuster.
cuz this really looks like a CW series. i dont know what they think they are accomplishing by tacking Harlin's name onto this. The man hasnt really done much worthwhile since the 90s, Burn Notice aside. I loved Spartacus overall and everybody digs 300. This isnt either of those, only a sad sad ghost of them both, haunting the straight-to-DVD section of a closed down Blockbuster.
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10:53AM on 10/14/2013

WTF happened to Renny Harlin!?!

Why does this look like a Spartacus rip-off? I was expecting something else, not him ripping off Zack Snyder and a Starz series.
Why does this look like a Spartacus rip-off? I was expecting something else, not him ripping off Zack Snyder and a Starz series.
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5:31AM on 10/14/2013
The editor of this trailer needs to remove cock from arse.

There's a huge hole in my life following the end of Spartacus so by all means I don't want to see this fall flat. However, that is such a horrid promotion it looks like it's just being thrown under the bus.
The editor of this trailer needs to remove cock from arse.

There's a huge hole in my life following the end of Spartacus so by all means I don't want to see this fall flat. However, that is such a horrid promotion it looks like it's just being thrown under the bus.
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5:19PM on 10/14/2013
I decided to attempt a recut of the trailer - [link]
I decided to attempt a recut of the trailer - [link]
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8:30PM on 10/13/2013

Several things come to mind...

1. Looks like it liberally rips off 300 and Spartacus. I guess all sword-and-sandals movies have to be in that style now.

2. Kellan Kutz looks like Seann William Scott with about 20 extra pounds of meat on his head.

3. I feel like I just saw the whole movie in that one "trailer".

4. Where the hell is The Rock?
1. Looks like it liberally rips off 300 and Spartacus. I guess all sword-and-sandals movies have to be in that style now.

2. Kellan Kutz looks like Seann William Scott with about 20 extra pounds of meat on his head.

3. I feel like I just saw the whole movie in that one "trailer".

4. Where the hell is The Rock?
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5:17AM on 10/16/2013
I'll add one more:

5. What is with that horribly cheesy looking electric whip thing, goddamn that looks bad
I'll add one more:

5. What is with that horribly cheesy looking electric whip thing, goddamn that looks bad
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6:52PM on 10/13/2013
Why is this movie is even called Hercules? NOTHING is in connection with the mythological character!
Why is this movie is even called Hercules? NOTHING is in connection with the mythological character!
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5:06PM on 10/13/2013
This must be the Asylum version.

Wait, Asylum didn't produce this???
This must be the Asylum version.

Wait, Asylum didn't produce this???
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4:29PM on 10/13/2013

Liam McIntyre

Agree, it's Spartacus, hell, even Liam McIntyre is in it. It can't get any more "spartacus" than that.
Agree, it's Spartacus, hell, even Liam McIntyre is in it. It can't get any more "spartacus" than that.
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3:52PM on 10/13/2013
The producers of the expendables should be ashamed of themselves..
The producers of the expendables should be ashamed of themselves..
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3:26PM on 10/13/2013
Spartacus with a budget. Except Spartacus had heart.
Spartacus with a budget. Except Spartacus had heart.
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8:20PM on 10/13/2013
... and porn-level sex.
... and porn-level sex.
2:23PM on 10/13/2013
This wouldn't pass as a TV pilot.
This wouldn't pass as a TV pilot.
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2:06PM on 10/13/2013

This looks so bad.....

I want Renny Harlin to make a sequel of Cliffhanger....
I want Renny Harlin to make a sequel of Cliffhanger....
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4:29PM on 10/13/2013
Chances are good that he would fuck this up as well!
Chances are good that he would fuck this up as well!
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1:25PM on 10/13/2013
What happened to Renny Harlin and why does nobody stop his evil twin brother from making shitty movies???
What happened to Renny Harlin and why does nobody stop his evil twin brother from making shitty movies???
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1:18PM on 10/13/2013

Roman Empire?

It seems to be plenty of heavy dialog in this film.
It seems to be plenty of heavy dialog in this film.
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1:11PM on 10/13/2013
Is this another Armageddon/Deep Impact type deal? Yawn.
Is this another Armageddon/Deep Impact type deal? Yawn.
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1:08PM on 10/13/2013

It's not a good sign when

You can immediately tell the movies it's ripping off (300, Gladiator, Troy, Spartacus, and a touch of the Immortals.) Also not a good sign when see your hero the whole trailer, but he doesn't speak until 3 quarters of the way in, unless he brings down the house (which he most certainly does not). He has all of the gravitas of the guy "who stands immediately to the left of the Hero's best friend in every scene."
I don't outright hate 300, but it's not a great sword and sandals epic. I'll give
You can immediately tell the movies it's ripping off (300, Gladiator, Troy, Spartacus, and a touch of the Immortals.) Also not a good sign when see your hero the whole trailer, but he doesn't speak until 3 quarters of the way in, unless he brings down the house (which he most certainly does not). He has all of the gravitas of the guy "who stands immediately to the left of the Hero's best friend in every scene."
I don't outright hate 300, but it's not a great sword and sandals epic. I'll give it credit for creating some weird new CGI-Grecco hybrid genre. The problem is that it created some weird new CGI-Grecco hybrid genre. I'll give 300 a pass because it was unique at the time, but slowed down, impossible stunts, combined with glaringly fake skies and landscapes, horribly CGI'd groups does not equal a movie worth watching. I always say if you really are interested in the movie, judge the movie, not the trailer. But if you really aren't already looking forward to this - there's nothing about this trailer that says "don't watch some other movie - watch this one instead."
It's too bad - because Hercules has some good source material to work with. At least they aren't fucking with Odysseus.
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3:38PM on 10/13/2013
I'm sure it's just a matter of time until The Odyssey gets a stylish redo. They did The Three Musketeers after all.
I'm sure it's just a matter of time until The Odyssey gets a stylish redo. They did The Three Musketeers after all.
7:31PM on 10/13/2013
Stop Hoyle; you're killing me.
Stop Hoyle; you're killing me.
12:47PM on 10/13/2013
The Rock's movie is gonna blow this shit out of the water.
The Rock's movie is gonna blow this shit out of the water.
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10:57AM on 10/14/2013
Don't forget, it's directed by the Ratt, so don't hope for anything more than mediocre or your gonna be disappointed.
Don't forget, it's directed by the Ratt, so don't hope for anything more than mediocre or your gonna be disappointed.
12:47PM on 10/13/2013

Awesomely Bad

I was sold when I heard Scott Adkins was in it...plus that lightning sword whip!
I was sold when I heard Scott Adkins was in it...plus that lightning sword whip!
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12:19PM on 10/13/2013

Hercules: We want to look like Spartacus

It looked like they were going for the style of Spartacus, but I doubt it'll come close to the show.
It looked like they were going for the style of Spartacus, but I doubt it'll come close to the show.
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12:18PM on 10/13/2013

Dafuq?

So it has a visual style pandering to fans of 300 and seemingly a story that mixes Gladiator, 300, and Spartacus.

...it looks like total dog shit. No doubt about it, this looks bad. I did enjoy the music that started at about 2:07 in the trailer above, but other than that I have nothing positive to report about this movie's impression on me. It looks like a direct-to-video Clash of the Titans (2010). Now I was personally a fan of Clash of the Titans (2010), but I know a lot of people
So it has a visual style pandering to fans of 300 and seemingly a story that mixes Gladiator, 300, and Spartacus.

...it looks like total dog shit. No doubt about it, this looks bad. I did enjoy the music that started at about 2:07 in the trailer above, but other than that I have nothing positive to report about this movie's impression on me. It looks like a direct-to-video Clash of the Titans (2010). Now I was personally a fan of Clash of the Titans (2010), but I know a lot of people were not. If I can think this looks like a shitty DTV Clash of the Titans, I shudder at the thought of others' opinions towards it.

Also, what the hell is with the lightning whip near the end of the trailer? Seriously?
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12:08PM on 10/13/2013
It looks like they combined 300 with Gladiator...LOL
It looks like they combined 300 with Gladiator...LOL
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10:00AM on 10/13/2013
I'll give it some credit for at least kind of following the origin of Heracles. Though it looks like Amphitryon is going to be the villain in this. But it is also a pretty terrible trailer they've got there.
I'll give it some credit for at least kind of following the origin of Heracles. Though it looks like Amphitryon is going to be the villain in this. But it is also a pretty terrible trailer they've got there.
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1:01PM on 10/13/2013
I can only be mad at myself for sitting through the whole thing.
I can only be mad at myself for sitting through the whole thing.
9:46AM on 10/13/2013
Not to jump on the hate bandwagon, but that was a terribly edited trailer.
Not to jump on the hate bandwagon, but that was a terribly edited trailer.
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9:14AM on 10/13/2013

wow

That looks Fuc#!ng stupid!
That looks Fuc#!ng stupid!
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8:47AM on 10/13/2013
I feel Hercules said too much in the trailer. He seems to really be pouring his heart into it though. Such emotion. Such acting. Wow. Kellan Lutz will definitely get an Oscar nod for this, though I feel Twilight will forever go down as his best performance.
I feel Hercules said too much in the trailer. He seems to really be pouring his heart into it though. Such emotion. Such acting. Wow. Kellan Lutz will definitely get an Oscar nod for this, though I feel Twilight will forever go down as his best performance.
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7:52AM on 10/13/2013
That is something Id have expected to see advertised on SyFy.
Unfortunately for Renny Harlin and all involved, I see this bombing
That is something Id have expected to see advertised on SyFy.
Unfortunately for Renny Harlin and all involved, I see this bombing
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7:28AM on 10/13/2013
I liked the bit when the camera was moving...
I liked the bit when the camera was moving...
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7:13AM on 10/13/2013

did you noticed...

'from the producers of Expendables', but no 'from the director of Cliffhanger and Die Hard 2', anymore... Poor Renny...
'from the producers of Expendables', but no 'from the director of Cliffhanger and Die Hard 2', anymore... Poor Renny...
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6:37AM on 10/13/2013
So this is essentially Spartacus, without the blood, gratuitous nudity, or colorful swearing? No thanks, already saw it on Starz.
So this is essentially Spartacus, without the blood, gratuitous nudity, or colorful swearing? No thanks, already saw it on Starz.
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7:10AM on 10/13/2013
Especially with the actor of the show appearing in this trailer
Especially with the actor of the show appearing in this trailer
5:54AM on 10/13/2013

Too bad, it's PG 13

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5:43AM on 10/13/2013
You know what,I think this might be fun. Good to see Scott Adkins getting a proper role as the villain, when he mentioned he was cast in this I just figured it would be just another nothing bit part like he usually gets (Zero Dark Thirty, anyone?). So I'm rooting for this to work, I just hope they do it the right way and make it a bloody romp like Immortals. PG 13 would kill any chance this has of being good.
You know what,I think this might be fun. Good to see Scott Adkins getting a proper role as the villain, when he mentioned he was cast in this I just figured it would be just another nothing bit part like he usually gets (Zero Dark Thirty, anyone?). So I'm rooting for this to work, I just hope they do it the right way and make it a bloody romp like Immortals. PG 13 would kill any chance this has of being good.
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7:15AM on 10/13/2013
Too late... It IS PG13 !
Too late... It IS PG13 !
5:32AM on 10/13/2013
Again, why this Lutz guy!? Was Taylor Kitsch too busy?

But aside from that, yeah, this is exactly what people want from a Hercules movie - "Gladiator: A Love Story..."

Again, why this Lutz guy!? Was Taylor Kitsch too busy?

But aside from that, yeah, this is exactly what people want from a Hercules movie - "Gladiator: A Love Story..."

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5:27AM on 10/13/2013

ROFL

So this is a real movie and not a spoof eh?! well could have fooled me with the dodgy CGI, Matrix fight moves and plot points from every other Gladiator style movie ever made.
Yah this one is a straight to SyFY channel premiere.
So this is a real movie and not a spoof eh?! well could have fooled me with the dodgy CGI, Matrix fight moves and plot points from every other Gladiator style movie ever made.
Yah this one is a straight to SyFY channel premiere.
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5:25AM on 10/13/2013
I think they lost me at "one man dared to follow his heart". Or maybe earlier.
I think they lost me at "one man dared to follow his heart". Or maybe earlier.
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5:07AM on 10/13/2013

lets be honest....

Gladiator... immortals... 300... Spartacus... This movie is a spoof of all those right? right? this movie looks terrible..... i mean... awful.
Gladiator... immortals... 300... Spartacus... This movie is a spoof of all those right? right? this movie looks terrible..... i mean... awful.
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4:42AM on 10/13/2013
Too few glimpses of something worth watching.
Too few glimpses of something worth watching.
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4:17AM on 10/13/2013

Bucket of water from stage left.

Hammy tat with effects.
Hammy tat with effects.
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