Hercules

Hercules

Brett Ratner (2014)

98min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The third Hercules movie of 2014 is by far the most successful because director Brett Ratner finds the correct balance between self-deprecating humour, heart and epic Cecil B DeMille-style action. Having completed the mythical 12 labours, and struggling to live up to his demigod reputation, Hercules (an imposing Dwayne Johnson) has turned mercenary with a five-man army of loyal followers. Hired to train the Thracian army to fight an evil warlord, the musclebound hero learns too late it's a double-cross, part of a plan for megalomaniac King Cotys (John Hurt) to rule Greece. Hercules's companions barely register, apart from seer Ian McShane with his amusing death predictions, and the exposition plods here and there. But Ratner papers over the cracks with incredibly exciting battle scenes, bladed chariot combat and warrior hordes filmed on huge studio and backlot constructs, enhanced by key CGI, that send the adrenaline racing.

Summary

The ancient Greek warrior becomes famous as highly exaggerated tales of his exploits spread throughout the land. He is forced to live up to his mythological status when he joins forces with a group of mercenaries to restore a deposed king to his rightful throne. Action adventure, starring Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane and John Hurt.

Cast & Crew

Hercules Dwayne Johnson
Amphiaraus Ian McShane
Lord Cotys John Hurt
Autolycus Rufus Sewell
Tydeus Aksel Hennie
Atalanta Ingrid Bolso Berdal
Iolaus Reece Ritchie
King Eurystheus Joseph Fiennes
Director Brett Ratner
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: ParamountGuidance: Violence, swearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 25 Jul 2014
Drama