Hercules (2014)

2014 • 98 minutes
4.4
16 reviews
58%
Tomatometer
PG-13
Rating
Eligible
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Dwayne Johnson delivers an unforgettable performance in the role he was born to play - the mighty Hercules! When a new enemy threatens the innocent, Hercules must lead his fearless team of warriors in a battle against overwhelming odds.
4.4
16 reviews
Kyle Vansteelandt
July 23, 2021
This is an engrossing action fantasy adventure that has a tenacious grip on all of my attention from beginning to the end, and I hugely enjoyed this old-fashioned tale of Greek mythology involving the strongest man in all of Greek mythology "Hercules". The material that Bratt Ratner provided on this film with a tongue-in-cheek approach without going over the top and without heading towards stupidity to make it a joke. The film does have some clever appeal, but not always, because when the movie wants to be dramatic and serious, it can. The story is easy to follow and it's so captivating with some religious themes about faith, family, and heroism which I find very compelling and I fully appreciate that as a christian myself. What makes this movie so entertaining to experience is the direction by Bratt Ratner, the acting/performances, and the writing; Ratner has delivered great timing for sharp unintended comedy, effective surprises, and how the actors are supposed to act. For the writing, most of it was very-well written for the script and the dialogue; a greatly utilized screenplay, some thrilling action sequences, and the dialogue. Most of the dialogue is great, but there is one line that does not make sense. The cinematography is absolutely breathtaking, from the sweeping landscapes, to Hercules taking on fantastical beasts, and some unforgettable close-ups towards the actor's faces and facial expressions. The visual effects and CGI special effects are so realistic and so convincing. The characters are strongly executed; Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) as the title character is a very likable protagonist; he is a charismatic leader/god with a phenomenal strength, skills, and ways with words that he has to say. Both Dwayne Johnson and Brendan Fraser are actors who makes movies fun to watch with dramatic strength and appealing charisma, but unlike Brendan, Dwayne is a lot less cartoony. Atalana (Ingrid Bolso Berdal) is a master at archery with quick wits and reflexes. Lolaus (Reece Ritchie) is a great choice for a storytelling and he never turns his back on his family. Amphariaus (Ian McShane) is a likable side character for Hercules, however there isn't any explanation why he has to sacrifice and die. Isaac Andrews as Arius is a child who sees Hercules as his hero and dream and provides a stirring effect. John Hurt as King Cotys is a villain that will never leave my mind; he is a manipulative, deceitful, and diabolical ruler of Thrace with a ghastly and ambitious goal to kill Hercules and his family to rule the entire Kingdom. The score is a full-bodied action score that stands out during the action and the epic landscapes with swooping camera work, and when it does stand out, it's impressive. In the end: An enthralling old-fashioned diversion that provides tongue-in-cheek fun with pleasing entertainment that comes with breezy compelling charisma. Highly Recommended.
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Tobe Abear
September 24, 2020
THIS MOVIE IS GREAT. THE ACTION IS MESMERIZING. THE TALE OF THIS HERCULES MAKES THE WHOLE LEGEND BELIEVEABLE. YOU'LL WANT TO WATCH IT AGAIN AND AGAIN!!! IT'S THAT GOOD....
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Andrea Palermo
September 3, 2020
Love Dwayne Johnson I saw this in theaters when this first came out I loved it
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