Hercules Review

Hercules starting The Rock Directed by Brett Rattner

Hercules starting The Rock
Directed by Brett Ratner

Ugh, at least it is not as bad as Transformers or The Amazing Spider-man 2.

Hercules stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as the title character. He doesn’t do a bad job as Hercules either and was enthusiastic about seeing him as Hercules. It was decent movie.  The special effects were good and the action was fun. However, it would have been nice to cut out 15 minutes of the action for more story development with the characters.

Hercules starts after Hercules completed the 12 labors and killed his family. He is a loner with a band of mercenaries. The Mercenaries themselves are quite important and loyal to Hercules.  He gets contracted by a King to stop a rebellion.  Hercules agrees to this and discovers what he doesn’t understand the full picture.   The biggest positive of the movie are the characters.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is a great Hercules. He portrays a very trouble, stoic, and tough warrior.  He can punch a man off his horse with no effort. Ratner did a wonderful job of directing Johnson to show a range of emotions as Hercules.  His band of mercenaries are the most entertaining parts of the movie.  Ian McShane and Rufus Sewell did a wonderful of adding humor and chemistry with Johnson to make the story much more entertaining.   The reason why Hercules is a failure because there is a lack of a story.

The story did set the tone as a humorous action movie but there is no substance to it.  As much as I thought Hercules was cool as a character, there was no emotionally attachment to him or any of the characters.  The five actors who were the mercenaries did have chemistry but it was underutilized for action sequences.  From the start of the movie, it is an action movie with no story development. Lethal Weapon, Captain America 2, and Edge of Tomorrow develop with their stories and each of them have intense action scenes. The audience felt no emotional attachment with main characters because there was a lack of suspense. Hercules had no suspense and didn’t care if a character died.

Overall, Hercules is somewhat entertaining because of the Rock and his fellow actors. It lacks any kind of substance or suspense in story development.  I kept checking my phone hoping the movie would end.  Hercules gets a 2.5 out of 5.


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