Rating: 3 Stars (Out of 5)
Review: Hercules (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) is half man, half God; or is he? He may or may not be the son of Zeus, but the legend of Hercules is good advertisement for him and his five mercenary buddies. Herc and his buddies, who include the seer Amphiaraus (Ian McShane), Autolycus (Rufus Sewell), and Amazon warrior Atalanta (Ingrid Bolso Berdal), travel around Greece kicking ass in return for gold. One day Hercules and his band of warriors are summoned by King Cotys (John Hurt), to save Thrace from the evil Rhesus (Tobias Santel Mann) who has been terrorizing their villages.
As sword and sandal flicks go, this is not a bad one. For one thing, it has a fair amount of tongue in cheek humor. For action fans, it has ample fighting scenes and special effects. I especially enjoyed the war chariots with the drop down blades to mow down opponents on both sides of the vehicle. Lastly, it has a better than average cast for a movie of this sort. Dwayne Johnson is proving to be an action superstar much like Schwarzenegger was back in the day, only Johnson can actually act. Then you add John Hurt who is the go to choice for old kings in these type of movies; Ian McShane, an old pro who is the comic relief, and two more acting pros Rufus Sewell and Joseph Fiennes.
So for pure fun and fantasy, check out Hercules.
Huh? What The ….: Okay, Hercules is a strong dude. He steps under a galloping horse and heaves the animal and rider about twenty feet away.
Dialogue Nuggets: “Leave or die. I get paid either way.”
Autolycus to new soldiers: “Today’s lesson – how not to stab yourselves.”
“If you are lucky you go to Hades where all the fun people are.”
Don’t just stand there. Kill someone!”
“If only your manhood was as long as your tongue….”
“What the hell do I know? I’m supposed to be dead by now.”