The classic story of Hercules and his 12 labors has passed numerous times by the big screen. The best, without a doubt, is the Hercules (1997) animation produced by Disney and directed by John Musker and Ron Clements. The worst was launched in 2014, but it is not here. It’s Hercules, with Kellan Lutz, who brings a show with bad effects and dialogues, performances besides sufferable.
Now is the time to give Dwayne Johnson’s skin mythological character. The new Hercules is not as good as the animation, but it is Citizen Kane compared to the long Lutz. The Rock comes at a very physical role, he, of course, can sustain with ease. Son of Zeus, semi-god, responsible for 12 extraordinary works overcome and break the curse Hera… This is the mythological story and also told by Hercules and his group of mercenaries as a means to frighten their enemies. The title character is never alone, enlisting the help of Tydeus (Aksel Hennie), Atalanta (Pocket Ingrid Berdal), Amphiarus (Ian McShane) and company. They are given a mission to help a king (John Hurt) who is having his region attacked by wild people.
Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan, Rebecca Ferguson and Reece Ritchie complete the main cast and not compromise. The model/actress/girlfriend of Cristiano Ronaldo Irina Shayk plays the wife of Hercules, a discrete participation and with few words.
Directed by Brett Ratner (Rush Hour and X-Men – The Last Stand), the movie major feature is a more realistic approach to the story. It is clear that we face an absurd fictional plot, but it’s still interesting option for a more humane Hercules, who did not drop rays or anything like that (sorry, Lutz, but I can’t forget…).
The movie is economical in its duration (98 minutes) and squanders the large number of action scenes, working and entertainment. Has clear problems such as excess characters and mostly lousy dialogues that eventually overcome when we see Dwayne Johnson.
Counting on good visual effects, costumes and sets, Hercules is an uneven work but is able to have fun without offending the viewer. The solution is easy and everything is very predictable, but still offers good action moments.
Director: Brett Ratner
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane, John Hurt
3.0/5 – Good
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