Fourteen hundred years BCE, a tormented soul walked the earth that was neither man nor god. Hercules was the powerful son of the god king Zeus, for this he received nothing but suffering his entire life. After twelve arduous labours 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 o... (Full plot summary below)
Fourteen hundred years BCE, a tormented soul walked the earth that was neither man nor god. Hercules was the powerful son of the god king Zeus, for this he received nothing but suffering his entire life. After twelve arduous labours 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 women 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 when they must train an army to become as ruthless and blood thirsty as their reputation has become.
Review & Comments
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Village Voice - 7/10 by Sherilyn ConnellyJohnson is genuinely talented. He's often the best thing in bad movies, and Ratner's Hercules is, at the very least, pretty good.
The Hollywood Reporter - 7/10 by Stephen FarberIt may sound like a backhanded compliment to praise this sometimes cheesy movie for never taking itself too seriously, but in a summer of bloated spectacles, this modesty should not be underestimated.
The A.V. Club - 7/10 by Ignatiy VishnevetskyUnsurprisingly, Johnson makes for a perfect movie-star Hercules, and the film gets a lot of mileage by playing his charismatic-but-modest take on the character off of the strong, predominantly British cast.
Austin Chronicle - 7/10 by William GossIf anything gets lost in the mayhem, it’s Johnson’s reliably charming personality.
Variety - 7/10 by Scott FoundasIt’s a grandly staged, solidly entertaining, old-fashioned adventure movie that does something no other Hercules movie has quite done before: it cuts the mythical son of Zeus down to human size (or as human as you can get while still being played by Dwayne Johnson).
Los Angeles Times - 7/10 by Gary GoldsteinThe mythically powerful demigod is back on the big screen in the simply titled Hercules and the results are canny, fast-paced, and, for what the film attempts to accomplish, enjoyable.
Arizona Republic - 6/10 by Barbara VanDenburghThere's a welcome lack of pretension to the proceedings. Stalwarts like Hurt and Ian McShane are on hand to class up the joint — everyone's got a British accent except for Johnson — while the predictable story bludgeons its way towards an inevitable conclusion.
The Dissolve - 6/10 by Keith PhippsBrett Ratner remains a director of no great distinction, but here, he proves himself an adept orchestrator of battle scenes, clearly presenting the forces on both sides, and using clear, coherent editing and dynamic compositions.
New York Daily News - 6/10 by Elizabeth WeitzmanFast-paced, funny, and packed with – to indulge in a bit of ad-speak — eye-popping action.
The Telegraph - 6/10 by Tim RobeySure, the film is crude, calorific and full of groanworthy half-jokes, but it holds together. It stacks up as an oafish pleasure for an undemanding summer – a rewriting of myths in scrawled crayon, with a nonchalant quality that makes its judiciously brief running time fly by.
New York Magazine (Vulture) - 6/10 by Bilge EbiriHercules has no right to be as entertaining as it is.
Empire - 6/10 by Dan JolinWith Hercules, Brett Ratner and Dwayne Johnson are out to entertain you — no more, no less. And that is just what they do.