Hercules

hercules-poster-features-a-pissed-off-dwayne-johnsonHaunted by a sin from his past, Hercules has become a mercenary. Along with five faithful companions, he travels ancient Greece selling his services for gold and using his legendary reputation to intimidate enemies. But when the benevolent ruler of Thrace and his daughter seek Hercules’ help to defeat a savage and terrifying warlord, Hercules finds that in order for good to triumph and justice to prevail… he must again become the hero he once was… he must embrace his own myth… he must be Hercules. Synopsis by IMDB

The first thing that popped out of my mouth after seeing this was “it’s like God of War meets 300″. Dwayne Johnson plays the beloved son of Zeus in this Greek Mythological adventure. Dwayne’s acting gets better with every movie, not saying is absolutely amazing, just saying he’s getting better. He may not be able to pull emotions off quite like Will Smith (of course I’m speaking of Pursuit of Happyness Will Smith, not After Earth Will Smith), but Dwayne can play anger, and vengeance much better than Arnold could. While I’m on the subject, Yes, I did make that comparison. Let’s face it, Dwayne Johnson is the new Arnold Schwarzenegger. He’s our newly appointed, overly buff, specialized in action films actor, and I like him for it. Dwayne was amazing in the recent movie ‘Pain & Gain’, playing simpleton body builder Paul Doyle. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, go watch Pain & Gain, right when you start to doubt that it’s a true story, they confirm that it is. :P

Dwayne Johnson (Hercules) roams the lands with his team as mercenaries, in search for enough gold to live a better life. On their quest for gold they take a job that seems simple enough, until there’s a twist….turns out, he’s working for the wrong people, and has to right the wrongs. Surprise, surprise right?

Along side of Dwayne is Ian McShane, John Hurt, Rufus Sewell, Ingrid Berdal, and Aksel Hennie. Ian is best known (by me anyway) as Blackbeard from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Of course John Hurt, Rufus Sewell, and Ingrid Berdal have resumes to impress, but who is Aksel Hennie? This Norwegian actor has been in quite a few very successful movies, but they were Norwegian films. Aksel was great as the animal raised Tydeus. After seeing Aksel in Hercules, I felt compelled to compile a list of other movies he was in so that I can catch up on the works of Mrs. Hennie.

If you’re like me, and a fan of Green Mythology, this movie may disappoint. This movie is more about the legend of the man, not the gods. How can you have a Hercules movie without Zeus? Well..there is mention of the gods every few minutes, and the intro talks about the story of Hercules, but mostly they keep it very ambiguous, and inconclusive if Hercules really is the son of Zeus.

There are a lot of great fight scenes, and being that it’s set it the days of Hercules (when ever that was), it’s mostly hand to hand combat with primitive weapons, aka, may not want to take the kids to this one.

Overall, there’s a decent story, and good acting, just don’t expect a great story, and great acting. IF something happens and you don’t get to see this in the theater, you’ll be ok watching it on bluray when that releases. Not sure I’d waste the extra funds on 3D, BUT if you do happen to watch it in 3D, there are some….no wait, I was going to lie, there are no real reasons to watch this in 3D.

Cinematography: 9 of 10….They really captured the action.

Story: 7 of 10….The story was good, but I think there was too many “yeah…saw that coming” moments.

Flow: 9 of 10…..Storyline moved along nicely.

Acting: 9 of 10…..Ian McShane did the best job, and Aksel was very believable, the rest did well also

Overall: 8 of 10 – Good movie, but can wait for DVD

Trailer provided by IGN