Having endured his legendary twelve labors, Hercules, the Greek demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord.
Before I get started, let me just say that the Ancient Greek mythology movies are some of my favorites. Gladiator, Troy, Kingdom of Heaven – they have all got a soft spot in my movie heart. That is one of several reasons why Hercules appealed to me from the very beginning.
We have definitely seen the Hercules story or even the demi-god story in general before, but this story definitely had a different feel to it. The first thing that really satisfied me was that there was absolutely no ‘god like powers’ involved with Herc or anyone else. The story had traveled of Hercules, the supposed son of Zeus who did his twelve labors – but they were just stories. Hercules was just a gigantic human being (for all we knew through the movie) who was extremely strong and one badass warrior, which built right into a really strong story base.
I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone so I won’t say to much, but how the movie started to how it ended, it made sense and continued on a really good level playing field. Like I said above, it was different from the past Greek God movies which was really refreshing because it kept me interested. There may have been dull moments, but the overall picture was not dull at all. It was exciting and fun and entertaining and I’m going to use that word again, refreshing to see.
The next thing that needs to be talked about is the big one, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. This guy freaking rocks. Over the past few years, he has kind of become this ‘franchise saver’ by jumping into long standing movie franchises and them becoming instant hits. But now he finally gets the shot to start and star in his own franchise, which he easily deserves. The guy puts so much into every role and this may be the best one yet. He is Hercules; he is built like him, he fights like him, he was born for this type of role. The only thing I will say that was a little different is that The Rock with hair just looks flat-out weird, but other than that the guys was entertaining as hell to watch.
Alongside Johnson, there were some fantastic faces and side characters that added great dimensions to the movie. Both Ian McShane and Rufus Sewell really need no introduction or words about their performances, they are both just awesome in almost everything and this is no different. The real one I want to talk about is Ingrid Bolsø Berdal who played Atalanta. This chick kicks flat-out ass. Usually in this typeof movie we will see all dudes shredding it out with the ladies being the ‘royalty’ part, but I love when a Greek Mythology movie includes woman warriors alongside such badass guy characters. Atalanta can go toe to toe with anyone and there is no doubt that she is a great partner for Herc.
The last thing I want to talk about is the action sequences. I thought every fight or battle throughout the whole movie was choreographed phenomenally. There wasn’t a single moment where I went ‘really?’ or was just laughing at it. I was invested in it all, it was so damn entertaining, and definitely some of the best hand to hand action I’ve seen in a while.
Overall, even though it starred one of the best entertainers and stars in the business right now, Hercules is definitely one of 2014’s surprises. Yeah, it was a Hercules driven story, but it my eyes it was a completely different take that was so (using that word again) refreshing to see. I thought the characters were so fun to watch as they all made their journey’s as mercenaries. Along their journey included some fights and battles, which like I said, were so entertaining from start to finish. A story, characters, and badass action that in my opinion shouldn’t be missed. I mean, who wouldn’t want to see The Rock as Hercules throw over a freaking horse?!