The origin of the mythical Greek story retold, starring Kellan Lutz (from the Twilight saga) as Hercules – the son Zeus, a half-god / half-mortal blessed with extraordinary strength. Directed by Renny Harlin known for his work on Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger and The Long Kiss Goodnight.
The Legend of Hercules
Director: Renny Harlin
Stars: Kellan Lutz, Gaia Weiss, Scott Adkins, Liam McIntyre
Written by: Daniel Giat and Sean Hood
The movie stays to true to the origin story, Hercules is betrayed by the King (his stepfather) and sold as a slave because of his love that is not approved by the King. But that’s the only good thing about the movie. Kellan Lutz is terrible and completely lacking any charisma to play character of Hercules. The dialogues are weak and the fight sequences are worse. The movie appears as a low-budget, which strives to be like 300 & Gladiator but falls from it. While the movie tries to maintain the rating of PG-13, all fight sequences are unreal to attract the younger audience. The movie was shot in Easter Europe definitely for the cheaper costs and taxes (not as an exotic location). However, that’s not the only area where they spread it so thin; the CGI is very amateur like. The conversion to 3D only makes it worse. The scenes are so dark that most of the action scenes are missed (sadly not completely). The scene that will want you to run out of the cinemas is when Hercules battles a lion. Do you remember the Hercules TV series that used to air on AXN with Kevin Sorbo in the lead? That’s a masterpiece in comparison. While Renny Harlin has had a few good movies under his belt but that was twenty years ago.
Not only avoid the movie at the cinemas, if someone gifts you the DVD – simply re-gift it. You will not get those 99 minutes back. Enough said.