Movie Review : The Legend of Hercules

Director : Renny Harlin
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So, do you still remember Hercules: The Legendary Journeys starred Kevin Sorbo??? No? Well, I don't blame you. It was a long time ago. However, I will give you a picture so you'll immediately remember :

Have you remembered? Good!!

So, Hercules : The Legendary Journey, which also the started of Xena : The Warrior Princess, was a very popular TV Show when we were child. It was a well-made action series with good acting and storyline. Hollywood decided to bring back this Greek DemiGod into a big screen after Disney's cartoon Hercules. There will be 2 Hercule movies. First is this one : Hercules starring Kellen Lutz and the next is Hercules starring Dwayne "the Rock". Actually, just reading the names of the leads, I definitely will choose the last one. But, since I haven't update any movie review in my blog, so I decided that it didn't hurt to watch this one and review it. OH MAI GA, IT DID HURT!!! (T_T)

The movie was called Hercules 3D before it was changed into Hercules : The Legend Begins and the final title was decides as The Legend of Hercules


The movie is set in 1200 B.C. in Greece where King Amphitryon (Scott Adkins) is defeating a neighboring kingdom just because he can. His wife, Queen Alcmene (Roxanne McKee), is scared of her husband and his bloodlust. Though the king and queen have one son already, she begs the gods for another son who will be able to one day defeat his father and restore peace. She is impregnated by the god Zeus and delivers a baby who is christened Hercules.

The movie jumps to 20 years later with Hercules (Kellan Lutz) and his older brother, Iphicles (Liam Garrison), battling for the amorous attention of Hebe (Gaia Weiss), the daughter of one of Amphitryon’s vanquished enemies. She, of course, is in love with Hercules, but the king promises her to Iphicles and banishes Hercules to fight in Egypt in a very suspicious battle. From there, Hercules must fight his way back to Greece to be reunited with Hebe before she marries his brother

I feel that this is a movie consists of a bunch of models and stuntmen. The acting is so bad. Kellen cannot act at all. He was acceptable in those stupid Twilight movies (probably because he didn't say anything just smiles and look goofy there), but here he sucks in delivering his lines and potraying emotion. His view of deep emotions and struggles is frowning and looking down so many times. His face is blank. The other actors don't do better. Their acting, the father and brother, are over the top and so exaggerated. It was so painful to watch. 

I think the most watchable models, uh actress is Gaia Weiss as the Princess Hebe That's because she doesn't do anything except giving a pityful love stares and such. Really!! 

The action sequences are taken from 300 and Gladiator. It's nice if it actually can be done well. However, -GOD- the action consequences include sometime I hate the most in fighting scenes : SLOW MOTION. The actions from the starts to finish use slow motion. Slow motion + terrible visual effect = long and atrocious action sequence.

Sometime, when you're watching the movie, you'll forget that Hercules comes from Greek mythology because of the Roman-like theme in the movie, especially the Gladiator-like arena where Hercules has to fight men and lion to survive.

So as the conclusion this movie is not worth your attention and money. It can be seen that this movie is so bad only based on the trailers. However, I didn't watch them so.... Well, at least I can save ou from wasting your money.

I gave this movie : D

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