Hercules – the name itself resounds strength and bravery. Renny Harlin’s The Legend of Hercules opens with a promising start with vivid 3D visuals. There is the intense battleground where you find yourself gawking at the glistening and ripped abs of Greek soldiers, fiercely marching into the battlefield led by King Amphitryon (Scott Adkins).
Director Renny Harlin undertook a Herculean task of making a film on the mythological Greek character – Hercules. A round of applause for him. He tried well, but it turned out to be a major bummer. After a few minutes of blood, gore and more, the plot suddenly takes a melodramatic turn and everything hence seems utterly silly. Right from the lustful scene where an invisible Zeus visits Queen Alcmene (Roxanne Mckee) to the video game-like war arena scenes, the movie gets sloppier.
Hercules is played by Kellan Lutz (of Twillight fame). He is blonde, brawny and skimpily-clad. It seems that the only goal of this demi-God is to marry the love of his life Hebe (Gaia Weiss). There is also a jealous brother Iphicles (Liam Garrigan) whose acting is as flimsy as his character. Australian actor Liam McIntyre plays Captain Sotiris. It is quite surprising to see the lead actor of Spartacus giving such a bland performance.
The movie is full of cliches (unlimited use of slow-motion actions and mid-fight pauses) and forgettable dialogues, except for the dialogue when Queen Alcmene screams out "Zeus came into my bed and blasted me with his seed to spawn a son to end your reign". Well, all you can do is imagine! Sam McCurdy’s camerawork is good but got tweaked at certain scenes. However, it successfully presented our beefy muscular protagonist jumping and flying off cliffs. The soundtracks of the movie composed by Tuomas Kantelinen is pretty much in sync with the whole movie.
Why must you watch this film?
Even though very lousily-scripted, the part when the armies moved as one molding themselves with the shields to protect themselves from the spears and arrows is beautifully choreographed. Kellan Lutz as the mighty Hercules managed to break free from the ‘vampire’ connection and do something more heroic. On the other hand, you can watch the movie to just enjoy a good laugh.