Hercules 2014 (Extended Cut)

2014 • 101 minutes
1.43K reviews
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In this extended cut, Fourteen hundred years ago, a tormented soul walked the earth that was neither man nor god.  Hercules was the powerful son of god king Zeus, for this he received nothing but suffering his entire life. After twelve arduous labors and the loss of his family, this dark, world-weary soul turned his back on the gods finding his only solace in bloody battle.  Over the years he warmed to the company of six similar souls, their only bond being their love of fighting and presence of death.  These men and woman never question where they go to fight or why or whom, just how much they will be paid.  Now the King of Thrace has hired these mercenaries to train his men to become the greatest army of all time. It is time for this bunch of lost souls to finally have their eyes opened to how far they have fallen.

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1.43K reviews
Scott Thompson
January 10, 2015
I only wish I could give a ZERO as that is how much of this film I actually saw. Google play kept telling me that my screen "wasn't secure"... It gave no options, wouldn't allow me to play the film on another device as I'd downloaded it and offered no solution to the problem. It would play on my tablet but wouldn't allow me to HDMI it through my TV. Who want's to watch an epic action movie on a 7" screen with head phones on? Awful service. Couldn't tell you what the film is about so my review is dreadfully unfair but, then again, so is Google play. Karma biatches!
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Kyle Vansteelandt
July 23, 2021
Hercules is an engrossing action fantasy adventure that has a tenacious grip on all of my attention from the beginning to the end, and I had a really good time experiencing this old-fashioned tale of Greek mythology involving the strongest man of all "Hercules". The material that Bratt Ratner provided in this film with a tongue-in-cheek approach without going over the top and without coming up with stupidity to make it a joke. This film does have some clever appeal, but not always, because when the movie wants to be dramatic and serious, it can. The story is 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 enterprise so entertaining, is the direction, the acting performances, and the writing; Ratner has delivered great timing for sharp unintended comedy, effective surprises, and how the actors are supposed to perform. For the writing, most of it was written very well for the script and the dialogue; a greatly utilized screenplay, some thrilling action sequences, and the dialogue. Most of the dialogue was great, though, there are two lines of dialogue that are ridiculous. 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 convincing. The characters are strongly executed; Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) as Hercules is a very likable protagonist; he is a charismatic leader/god with phenomenal strength, skills, and ways with words that he has to say. Both Dwayne and Brendan Fraser are actors who makes movies fun to watch with dramatic strength and appealing charisma, but unlike Brendan, Dwayne Johnson 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 storyteller and he never turns his back on his family. Amphariaus (Ian McShane) is a very 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 and deceitful ruler of Thrace with a ghastly and ambitious goal to kill Hercules and his family, as well as to rule the entire world. The score is basically this full-bodied action score that mostly stands out during the action and the epic landscapes with swooping camera work, but when it does stand out, it's impressive. In the end: An enthralling old-fashioned diversion that provides tongue-in-cheek fun for pleasing entertainment that comes with breezy and compelling charisma. Highly Recommended.
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Jacob Sanders
February 6, 2015
Oscar worthy? Nope. Excellent acting? No way. Worst wig in movie history? You got it. For all its faults this movie is absolutely fantastic. Don't watch it expecting an epic, engrossing story, watch it for what it is - a fun, rollicking popcorn flick. Expect anything else and you'll be thoroughly disappointed, lower your expectations and you'll have a hell of a lot of fun. Great stuff.
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