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Spoiler-Free Quick Review: Hercules

 

 
Overview
 

Stars: Dwayne Johnson, John Hurt, Ian McShane
 
Theatrical Release Date: July 25, 2014
 
Synopsis: 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.
 
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The Good


  • Action-packed
  • Well-paced
  • Funny

The Bad


  • The 3D version of the film makes it difficult to see some of the action and darker scenes
  • The enemies are a bit one-dimensional at times


Bottom Line

In what may be one of the summer’s most pleasant surprises, Hercules is action-packed, funny, and a genuinely good movie.

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Posted July 28, 2014 by

 
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This Quick Review is spoiler-free.
Spoiler-Free Quick Review: Hercules

Show me your war face! AAAAAHHHHHH!!! Now that’s a war face!

While director Brett Ratner can never be fully forgiven for the abomination that was X-Men: The Last Stand, Hercules goes a long way towards restoring my faith in his directing abilities.

I didn’t really have any sort of expectations for Hercules. My only thought as I entered the theater was, “Well, it’s got to be better than Lucy.” I’m so very happy to report that not only is Hercules better than Lucy, it blew my modest benchmark out of the water. Hercules is actually a good movie. A really good movie.

Despite what the trailers for the film would have you believe, Hercules is not a one-man show. And while Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson does a great job as the legendary strong man, the movie is as much about his group of companions as it is about him. This is a good thing. Hercules’ companions are likable, funny, and well-developed over the course of the film. The focus on an ensemble cast made me feel like I was watching a medieval A-Team, or a more lighthearted version of The Lord of the Rings.

There’s pretty much nothing I can reveal about the film’s plot without giving away any spoilers, so this review is going to be even quicker than most of my Quick Reviews.

The film earns its PG-13 rating for violence, and a solitary F-bomb. I would be comfortable taking my 15-year-old to see Hercules, but not my younger children. There’s nothing too over-the-top gory in the movie, but there is a pretty steady stream of hacking and slashing.

Josh and I were both pleasantly surprised by how much we enjoyed Hercules. If you’re in the mood for a funny action film, I definitely recommend checking it out. And stay for the beginning, animated portion of the credits. It adds a nice touch to the film’s story.

Have you seen Hercules?

Leave your own rating by clicking the USER RATING stars at the top of this review. And let me know what you thought of the movie, in the comments below!


Tim Wells

 
Dad, husband, gamer, blogger, geek. Not necessarily in that order.