The Legend of Hercules

The Legend of Hercules

Renny Harlin (2014)

98min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Cloned from the same visual aesthetic textbook as 300, this threadbare fantasy is a low-rent trudge through Greek mythology from director Renny Harlin (whose Cliffhanger glory days are clearly far behind him). Twilight hunk Kellan Lutz gets top billing here as the son of Zeus, who's betrayed into gladiatorial slavery but fights his way back home for the love of a princess and revenge on his duplicitous half-brother (Liam Garrigan). Lutz certainly has the muscle to play the conflicted demi-god, but the one-dimensional script is all flab and dull melodrama. The movie borders on pantomime, with its overdone villainy, mawkish romance and banal dialogue. What little spectacle is on offer - the best being a lightning whip cutting a slo-mo swathe through a barbarian army - is further debased by murky CGI and dodgy special effects. It's enough to make you nostalgic for the cheap and cheerful Steve Reeves epics from the 1950s and 60s.

Summary

The son of a Greek God and a mortal queen grows up blessed with superhuman strength. He is betrayed and sold into slavery by his evil stepfather, but he regains his freedom and hones his fighting skills so he can return and reclaim his rightful kingdom. Mythological adventure, starring Kellan Lutz and Gaia Weiss.

Cast & Crew

Hercules Kellan Lutz
King Amphitryon Scott Adkins
Sotiris Liam McIntyre
Iphicles Liam Garrigan
Tarak Johnathon Schaech
Queen Alcmene Roxanne McKee
Hebe Gaia Weiss
Chiron Rade Serbedzija
Agamemnon Luke Newberry
Lucius Kenneth Cranham
Director Renny Harlin
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: LionsgateGuidance: Violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 28 Mar 2014
Drama