1 Apr 2014

Legend of Hercules movie review

The origin story of the the mythical Greek hero. Betrayed by his stepfather, the King, and exiled and sold into slavery because of a forbidden love, Hercules must use his formidable powers to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom.

Gladiators and Greek mythology is Hollywood's favourite staple diet. The Legend of Hercules is one of the many such films that tries to make a quick buck using CGI, lavish sets and beefed up actors set against the backdrop of the famous Greek hero.

So there are several hard to pronounce and remember names such as Iphicles, Alcmene, Hebe and others, but the basic premise of the plot is quite simple. It is the story of Hercules realising his legacy and raging a battle to claim

Those who love the genre and can devour anything to do with Greek mythology might enjoy the inter personal dynamics between the various characters. There are ample action and battle scenes to keep the testosterone pumping. 

Hercules doesn't have a single original moment. Be it the action, the art work, or the special effects, all of it has been done before. There is a serious 300 hang over with the style of shooting the combat scenes.

Also Kellan Lutz has the body but he's unable to emote and play the lead role with conviction. A lot of times you feel like you are watching a cheap B-grade version of other much intelligently written and smartly shot films of the same genre.Strictly an average fare, Hercules will only appeal to those who can't enough of the Greek demi gods.


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