I’m back with another movie review from the slate of summer flicks that have had control over this Summer movie season. While this summer has not been kind to Hollywood, money-wise, while audiences are awaiting the movies that have been announced for next Summer (Avengers: Age of Ultron, anyone?!), this season hasn’t necessarily been terrible.
A Hercules film already came out this year with The Legend of Hercules, starring Kellan Lutz. Trust me, this one is certainly better and brings a more realistic spin to the legendary warrior. In this version, Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) is said to be the demigod son of Zeus, going through the Twelve Labors, and a hero. When he finally appears on-screen, he is not alone. Hercules is leading a team of mercenaries that help support his legend as it spreads across the land, offering their services to the highest bidders.
The King of Thrace, Lord Cotys (John Hurt) summons Hercules and his band to his city to help train his armies to defend the kingdom against the warlord, Rheseus (Tobias Santelmann). During this training, we uncover more about what led Hercules onto his current path and his earlier success that cost him his family, weighing him down with guilt and looking for redemption. When Hercules uncovers that all is not as it seems in Thrace and the good king, he has to break the chains that hold him back and accept his destiny.
Johnson played this role with such ferocity and energy that he looked like he has born to pay this role. I followed the Rock through his Facebook page and Instagram as he prepared physically to portray the mythical Greek hero. Dwayne’s intensity and energy helped drive this movie along with its action packed story. Ever since his kick-ass role as DSS Agent Hobbs in Fast Five, the wrestler formally known as “The Rock” has been Hollywood’s go-to actor to give action films a well-needed shot of adrenaline and bringing a degree of freshness to an established franchise such as G.I. Joe and The Fast and The Furious. Dwayne Johnson seems to have found his niche in action films but is also known to be talented and able to play in different roles.
Hercules isn’t a spectacular movie but worth it seeing if you have some extra time to spare this weekend after seeing Guardians of the Galaxy.
Have a good weekend and enjoy the movies!