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|Contributor||Sewell, Rufus, McShane, Ian, Mullan, Peter, Ratner, Brett, Ferguson, Rebecca, Hurt, John, Berdal, Ingrid Bolso, Fiennes, Joseph, Johnson, Dwayne, Santelmann, Tobias See more|
|Runtime||1 hour and 41 minutes|
Everyone knows the legend of Hercules and his twelve labors. Our story begins after the labors, and after the legend... Haunted by a sin from his past, Hercules has become a mercenary. Along with five faithful companions, he travels ancient Greece selling his services for gold and using his legendary reputation to intimidate enemies. But when the benevolent ruler of Thrace and his daughter seek Hercules' help to defeat a savage and terrifying warlord, Hercules finds that in order for good to triumph and justice to prevail... he must again become the hero he once was... he must embrace his own myth... he must be Hercules.
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- Language : English
- Product dimensions : 1.52 x 13.46 x 19.05 cm; 45.36 Grams
- Item Model Number : PRT360254DVD
- Director : Ratner, Brett
- Run time : 1 hour and 41 minutes
- Actors : Johnson, Dwayne, Santelmann, Tobias, McShane, Ian, Sewell, Rufus, Fiennes, Joseph
- Dubbed: : French, Spanish
- Subtitles: : French, English, Spanish
- Studio : Paramount - Uni Dist Corp
- ASIN : B00M262IEG
- Number of discs : 1
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That question seems to have inspired "Hercules," the second movie about the Grecian strongman in less than a year... and thankfully, it involves no bleached-haired "Twilight" actors. Instead, this simple and cheesy yet action-packed story depicts a "realistic" Hercules played by the charismatic Dwayne Johnson, who is one of the few men alive who actually LOOKS like Hercules.
In this movie, Hercules (Johnson) is the leader of a band of mercenaries -- including an Amazon warrior, a thief, a feral berserker and a seer who is waiting for his death to turn up -- who take on ridiculously difficult tasks. Hercules' nephew Iolaus (Reece Ritchie) works PR for them, spreading stories of how Hercules is supposedly the offspring of Zeus, explaining his ridiculously awesome strength. The reality is a bit more tragic, as indicated in flashbacks to his pre-merc days to a wife and children who have just two days until retirement.
Then Hercules is approached by Ergenia (Rebecca Ferguson), a Thracian princess whose dad Cotys (John Hurt) wants him to train his army to resist the warlord Rheseus (Tobias Santelmann). Hercules and his compatriots successfully fix up the rather pathetic army into a successful fighting force, and even lead them into battle... but soon Hercules begins to suspect that he and his followers have been tricked into being on the wrong side.
"Hercules" is a pure popcorn movie -- it has no pretensions of being deep or artistic, and while it's not a great movie, it's not a bad one either. It's basically a movie devoted to big smashy-shooty battles full of fire and Hercules hitting things with a club. And it doesn't take itself seriously, giving the characters a lot of funny moments ("Excuse me, that was my fate!") until things go dark at the climax.
And it is an interesting exercise in whatiffery: what if the legends of Hercules were based on a real man with abnormal strength? Fortunately, Brett Ratner doesn't try to make it TOO realistic, mainly by giving everything an over-the-top atmosphere -- sort of a lighter, less stylized "300" feel. It's handled in a manner cheesy enough to make it amusing, but not so cheesy that it becomes ridiculous.
And Dwayne Johnson... well, is there any other actor better suited to playing Hercules? He's huge, he has big muscles, he's good at one-liners, and he has buckets of charisma that just make him darn likable. But he's also able to handle the tragedy of Hercules' past nicely, and conveys his grief despite us seeing almost nothing of Herc's wife and kids.
That said, Johnson is the only main character who gets a lot of development -- out of his whole posse, only McShane's character gets more than a single character trait (Autolycus = greedy, Tydeus = animalistic, Atalanta = female), and they have some nice bonding moments. The other actors are quite good, but not given much, though Ferguson has a decent role as a sorta-kinda-maybe love interest, whose young son adores Hercules.
As for the villains... well, they're so cartoonishly evil that it becomes ridiculous. Joseph Fiennes is almost comically bad here, campily snickering and smarming until you wish he had a Snidely Whiplash mustache just so he could twirl it. Not since the "Twilight" movies have I been so... AMUSED by a villain.
"Hercules" isn't a great movie, but it's probably the best Hercules movie in decades -- wry, action-packed and with a clever meta-mythic twist. It's definitely worth a watch when you want some fiery, over-the-top action.
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As you can gather I loved it and this movie is recommended as excellent family entertainment for all ages.
The film has a great cast that made the film even better ,Dwayne Johnson, John Hurt , Ian Mcshane and many more .
I liked the battle scenes, the colour of the scenery ,the story its self is excellent because you don't know who
to trust, you start to think yourself who ones are who ordered Hercules family to die ?
A good family film worth buying i was very pleased, so was the receiver !
(Rufus Sewell) - 'Tydeus' (Askell Hennie) - 'Atalata' (Ingrid Bolso Berdal) and Nephew 'Iolaus' (Reece Ritchie) are
soldiers of fortune who's services can be acquired with the promise of 'gold' though things have not always been that
way, 'Hercules' now fights the demons of his past.
He is offered his weight in Gold to protect the innocents from what he believes to be a treacherous and uncompromising
enemy who threatens the lands and residents of 'Lord Cotys' (John Hurt) and daughter 'Ergenia' (Rebecca Ferguson)
'Hercules' and his followers act as an inspiration for 'Lord Cotys' forces against overwhelming odds of 'Rhesus's' (Tobias
The 'Lord's' men must be trained up to be all that they can be by 'Hercules' and followers to complete what they have
However it seems the cause 'Hercules' and followers had believed themselves to be fighting was not as they were told,
they have their Gold, but it's not over, wrongs have to be put right.
Seems to me they tried to re-create the feel of the once hailed epics of the 50's and early 60's, obviously the cast-list is
The film is a whole lot better than i believed it would be, guess i had low expectations given some of the reviews, the
battle sequences were well-staged, script maybe not all it might of been, however overall, pretty enjoyable.
The Picture and Sound Quality is Good.
Food for thought - Many feel that the intended blockbusters have been watered down some to acommodate the wider
audience and that this factor diminishes what the film could or maybe should have been...
Whist i agree in part with their views, in truth it boils down to economics.
The wider the audience the more pennies in the film-studios pockets....I'd say understandable (though they might struggle
to break-even with this one, only time will tell)
And Hercules did not use expletives in the 1959 film, either!
I was very disappointed in this Dwayne Johnson version; Johnson is a very careful actor and plays his parts very well and sincerely but, let's face it, he is NOT Hercules material -- his large muscles not withstanding!
The magic of true Greek mythology was simply not there, sadly. A lot of mindless and graphic violence abounded, but this was NOT, in my opinion, a movie to join the ranks of Fifties mythological movies like the above two, and Ulysses starring Kirk Douglas and great films of the same genre.
This DVD will NOT join my Greek mythology collection, but will wing it's way to my local charity shop.