Movie Review -- 'Hercules' is Shiny on the Outside, But Hollow Inside
Posted by Travis Bridell on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 12:00 AM By Travis Bridell / July 25, 2014 Comment
If you’re expecting a Greek epic film out of the Greek epic hero Hercules, you’re on the wrong path. The Greek demigod Hercules (Dwayne Johnson), son of Zeus, has performed his 12 labors and suffered immensely, but something still haunts him. He is now a mercenary with a group of others: seer Amphiarus (Ian McShane), best friend Autolycus (Rufus Sewell), scarred warrior Tydeus (Aksel Hennie), Amazonian Atalanta (Ingrid Bolso Berdal) and nephew Iolaus (Reece Richie). All these supporting cast members get a unique weapon and background, but they don’t feel any more than cliché at times. They have been contracted by Lord Cotys (John Hurt) to vanquish a resistance, but things change and truths come to light that Hercules and his friends wish to fix for Thrace, Greece and Cotys’ daughter Ergenia (Rebecca Ferguson). The running time was barely over 90 minutes, but this isn’t Disney’s Hercules. Director Brett Ratner made Hercules starring “The Rock,” for better and worse. Herc is a badass for sure, but things his character and everything happening around him don't always feel as important as they should. None of the supporting characters are fleshed out, and at times, Hercules himself even feels like he hasn’t been fully realized.
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