Director: Brett Ratner
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, John Hurt
The film opens with a narrator telling us of the great Hercules, Son of Zeus. By the tone of his voice it seemed like we were in for a comedy, but by the end I can only describe it as light entertainment with loads of heavy hitting battle scenes. Nothing original here. A very predictable storyline and routine performances by all. Although I don't mind Dwayne Johnson as an actor; he doesn't take himself so serious.
The plot is pretty basic. Hercules and his entourage are hired by King John The Hurtfull to fight against a rival kingdom. Hercules' merry men and one Amazon Warrior who looks a lot like a young Nicole Kidman have to train up the peasant farmers and we are told of a mysterious past about Hercules' family.
I remember growing up in the 1970's being enthralled as a kid, watching all those matinee B-Grade Italian Hercules movies. His strength and mighty feats just seemed so real and inspiring. Something I was hoping to feel again, but no amount of CGI will ever bring that back (or my youth). Although a good script might have helped. In fairness they did try to emphasis the "Strength" theme behind Hercules, and there is a scene where he is chained up that made me in awe of the mighty Hercules all over again.
I'm sure teenagers will love it, purely just to see "The Rocks" abs and tree trunk arms. ROB