I am a huge Dwayne Johnson fan and as much as I know he hates it, he will always be “The Rock” to me. When I heard he was making this movie I was very excited.
Now you either absolutely love The Rock or you just don’t get him. For me he is one of the most likeable and versatile movie personalities on the screen. Whether it’s Walking Tall, G.I. Joe, and The Fast and Furious movies or The Tooth Fairy, he makes the roles work. And he does the same thing in this movie.
This is a different take on Hercules. Instead of being the actual son of Zeus this Hercules uses the legend of great feats to build a reputation he can take advantage of as a mercenary. After his wife and children are murdered and he is wrongly accused, he is banned from his home town and hooks up with 5 other outcasts.
One is his nephew, played by Reece Ritchie, who tells the tales of the God Hercules to terrify all their enemies. Tydeus, played by Aksel Hennie, is an animal like warrior who never speaks.
Autolycus, Hercules’ right hand man is played by Rufus Sewell. And what action adventure movie is complete without a hot woman shooting a bow and arrow. Her name is Atalanta and she is played by Ingrid Berdal. The second most interesting character is Amphiaraus, played by Ian McShane. He is a seer who can see the future including his moment of death that to his dismay keeps getting postponed.
Hercules and his group are hired by a King’s daughter to save her kingdom. They agree and train the king’s army to fight against the enemy. The king is played by John Hurt. Hercules and his group do what needs to be done but discover that everything is not as it seems. We have just enough plot and twists to keep the movie interesting while we enjoy all the battle scenes.
There are many reasons this movie works but two things stand out. Having Hercules be a human is a new take. Surrounding The Rock with a ton of serious award winning acting talent takes a lot of pressure off of him and that lets him do what he does best, charm the audience. Dewayne Johnson physically is huge, but his personality is twice as big. Add to that his self-awareness and the fact he doesn’t take himself too serious and you have a combination that cannot be beat. The man wears a lion’s head as cap and makes it work.
A little over 90 minutes, Rated PG-13 for huge battle sequences, violence, suggestive comments, brief strong language, and partial nudity.
If you are either a fan of Hercules or the Rock, you can’t go wrong with this movie.
My Score: 5 Full Buds
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