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Review: Hercules

Hercules
07.24.2014
6 10

PLOT: Hercules (Dwayne Johnson), having completed his twelve labors, is now a sword-for-hire along with his comrades Autolycus (Rufus Sewell), Tydeus (Aksel Hennie), Amphiaraus (Ian McShane) and his nephew Iolaus (Reece Ritchie). He's recruited by a besieged king (John Hurt) to rescue his kingdom from a force of marauding warriors, but this latest task just may prove once-and-for-all whether or not he truly is the son of Zeus.

REVIEW: Brett Ratner's HERCULES hits theaters with curious lack of buzz, thanks in no-small-part to Paramount's decision to hold off on press screenings until the day before it opens. Despite this apparent lack of faith, Ratner's re-imagined HERCULES actually isn't half bad. Compared to the bloat of something like TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, the fact that this is a ninety minute action film that doesn't take itself too seriously is kinda refreshing.

While certainly grander than the cheap-skate LEGEND OF HERCULES (which got a “blink-and-you'll-miss-it” release in January), Ratner's take on the legend doesn't aim for epic stature. Rather, it's a simple, but effective update of the type of schlocky, b-grade HERCULES movies that used to be made with guys like Steve Reeves and Lou Ferrigno. Based on the Steven Moore comic, Ratner's take is less dependent on Greek gods and mythology, keeping the question of whether or not Hercules is in fact a demi-god ambiguous. In any case, this is short on monsters, which is probably a good thing considering how bad some of the CGI wolves and lions look. Instead, this is focused more on battles and brawn, giving Johnson ample opportunity to flex his muscles and look heroic.

People love to beat up on Brett Ratner as a director, but given the right material he can be effective. HERCULES seems within his range. This isn't BRAVEHEART, and Ratner knows it, but instead of ripping-off 300 like so many other directors do these days, he gives this a classy, old-school sword and sandal look. Working with ace cinematographer Dante Spinotti, HERCULES has some really nice visuals, although given how much of the film takes place in dim light, the dark 3D glasses trade some of the visual oomph for pretty run-of-the-mill 3D effects. This would likely play better in 2D. The score by Fernando Velazquez also sounds appropriately old-school, with it marred only by the obligatory closing credits rock song.

Ratner's certainly assembled a rock-solid cast, with ol'Herc's band of warriors being an especially merry bunch. Rufus Sewell both looks and sounds like Terrence Stamp's General Zod as Hercules' second-in-command, while Ian McShane mercilessly steals every scene as the group's oracle who constantly predicts his own death, only to frequently get it wrong to comic effect. Aksel Hennie (MAX MANUS) does a lot with his wordless part as Hercules' feral but loyal companion, while Ingrid Bolso Berdal has a star-making part as the kick-ass huntress Atalanta (it helps that while everyone wears armour, Berdal's makes sure to bare her shapely mid-riff).

As for Johnson himself, while he's not called-upon to do much other than act tough, fight and get his shirt off whenever he can (his tunic is also rather short), he's still a charismatic, likable guy who can easily carry a movie like this. One area HERCULES does unfortunately come up short is in the villains department, with Joseph Fiennes having too minor a part, and others only being revealed just prior to the conclusion. It also takes a little too long for the action to kick in, with the movie almost half over before we get our first proper battle scene.

While this definitely isn't a game-changing programmer, or the movie that's going to finally mint Johnson as a superstar, this is still a reasonably entertaining action movie, and a lot better than other recent sword-and-sorcery epics. As long as you go in with your expectations in check, you should have fun with this affectionately cheesy B-movie. It's simple, but therein lies the charm.

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7:21PM on 07/25/2014

Hercules doesn't...

look like a little pussy bitch trying to ruin others because of pure and utter jealousy. Raleigh, NC is where its at. If you deal, they will send gang members to your home and then you will promptly be possessed or maybe you're just one real dumb fuck underneath.
They will threaten you with whores with miley cyrus haircuts presenting their fish at 5am in grocery store parking lots.
They will inform you via mail that you are paying for time warner services that were supposed to be free until
look like a little pussy bitch trying to ruin others because of pure and utter jealousy. Raleigh, NC is where its at. If you deal, they will send gang members to your home and then you will promptly be possessed or maybe you're just one real dumb fuck underneath.
They will threaten you with whores with miley cyrus haircuts presenting their fish at 5am in grocery store parking lots.
They will inform you via mail that you are paying for time warner services that were supposed to be free until 2015. They will send mail in different formats to entice you to open them to find out you are being charged more than originally intended for services you never accepted in order to get a rise out of you.
Their NCSU psychiatrists have condescending opinions on how an enlarged amygdala can effect one's life when they have absolutely no experience in the matter and don't even know the current research dealing with the claustrum.
Hercules response: Shirt, permanent marker, fish detector.

Raleigh, NC where smoking weed is the worst crime on earth....

My friend wrote this....I don't smoke
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7:42PM on 07/25/2014
campus security gives my friend a student conduct referral. One of the first questions they ask is "where'd you get that scar". He tells me this is 10 minutes after his dumb bitch ugly cock sucking ho advisor who probably only has 1 drink to fit in e-mails him about some totally unrelevent shit.
campus security gives my friend a student conduct referral. One of the first questions they ask is "where'd you get that scar". He tells me this is 10 minutes after his dumb bitch ugly cock sucking ho advisor who probably only has 1 drink to fit in e-mails him about some totally unrelevent shit.
12:33PM on 07/25/2014
90 minutes I'll pass..
90 minutes I'll pass..
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11:23AM on 07/25/2014
To me this is a fun popcorn flick. Mindless entertainment if you will. Ratner is great at directing those types of films. So I'm very excited to see this film tomorrow night.
To me this is a fun popcorn flick. Mindless entertainment if you will. Ratner is great at directing those types of films. So I'm very excited to see this film tomorrow night.
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9:41AM on 07/25/2014
But what I really want to know is - when are we getting the spin-off with Gina Carano as Him-cules?
But what I really want to know is - when are we getting the spin-off with Gina Carano as Him-cules?
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7:22PM on 07/25/2014
after shanaynay
after shanaynay
8:37AM on 07/25/2014

Bomb bomb bomb, its a bomb!

According to EVERY site, Hercules is bound to be a colossal failure. IT is going to be the biggest summer bomb of the year. The movie looks like shit, the CG is terrible and nobody thinks The Rock can act. His last 4 movies bombed and this will be no different.
According to EVERY site, Hercules is bound to be a colossal failure. IT is going to be the biggest summer bomb of the year. The movie looks like shit, the CG is terrible and nobody thinks The Rock can act. His last 4 movies bombed and this will be no different.
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11:09AM on 07/25/2014
so much hate. Haha
so much hate. Haha
11:15AM on 07/25/2014
I'm pretty sure his last 4 movies did not bomb. I also remember last year he was the highest grossing actor of 2013.
I'm pretty sure his last 4 movies did not bomb. I also remember last year he was the highest grossing actor of 2013.
11:22AM on 07/25/2014
Troll much? It is in line to open with 22 million dollars this weekend, but the people tracking it said it could even hit 30 million.
Troll much? It is in line to open with 22 million dollars this weekend, but the people tracking it said it could even hit 30 million.
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11:51PM on 07/24/2014

7 or 8

I watched the movie tonight and thought it was a lot of fun. Hercules' crew reminded me a bit of Will Thatcher's friends in A Knight's Tale. Similar vibe: The storyteller heralding the amazing deeds of the hero, who may or may not be who he's rumored to be. Fight scenes were really cool - Herc hitting enemies into the cheap seats with his Hugh Jass designer club. While the characters weren't too deep, they each had a cool, brief backstory about them that Showcased their value and loyalty
I watched the movie tonight and thought it was a lot of fun. Hercules' crew reminded me a bit of Will Thatcher's friends in A Knight's Tale. Similar vibe: The storyteller heralding the amazing deeds of the hero, who may or may not be who he's rumored to be. Fight scenes were really cool - Herc hitting enemies into the cheap seats with his Hugh Jass designer club. While the characters weren't too deep, they each had a cool, brief backstory about them that Showcased their value and loyalty to Hercules. Ian McShane's character reminded me of Akiro the wizard from Conan the Barbarian. II think the movie is deserving of a 7 or 8.
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11:48PM on 07/24/2014
Its Aksel Hennie, not Askel. The film sounds ok, like Ratner as usual. If the Rock seriously wants to make a good film he needs to work with better directors. Good to hear that Ingrid Bolsų gets to shine, she is great and deserves to become a star.
Its Aksel Hennie, not Askel. The film sounds ok, like Ratner as usual. If the Rock seriously wants to make a good film he needs to work with better directors. Good to hear that Ingrid Bolsų gets to shine, she is great and deserves to become a star.
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11:45PM on 07/24/2014
6 out of 10 seems about right for this I guess.
6 out of 10 seems about right for this I guess.
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7:30PM on 07/25/2014
naw dude you'll love it
naw dude you'll love it
11:11PM on 07/25/2014
You wish.
You wish.
11:30PM on 07/24/2014
"People love to beat up on Brett Ratner as a director, but given the right material he can be effective." I love the second part of that sentence. Kind of like saying, "People like to beat up on Applebees, but if you pick the right thing off the menu it will be edible."
"People love to beat up on Brett Ratner as a director, but given the right material he can be effective." I love the second part of that sentence. Kind of like saying, "People like to beat up on Applebees, but if you pick the right thing off the menu it will be edible."
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2:20AM on 07/25/2014
Well put. LOL
Well put. LOL
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