- Actors: Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane
- Directors: Brett Ratner
- Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, Digital_copy, 3D
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
- Dubbed: French, Spanish
- Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 3
- Rated: Not RatedUnrated
- Studio: Paramount
- DVD Release Date: November 4, 2014
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9,874 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00M265CSU
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,131 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
Hercules (2014) [Blu-ray]
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Everyone knows the legend of Hercules and his twelve labors. Our story begins after the labors, and after the legend... Haunted 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.
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1. This is a very interesting version of the Hercules legend. But you need to know, the legend has been reinvented. The trailer for the movie is kind of misleading. This is not the Hercules you are used to..
2. The birth of Hercules, his childhood, and his legendary 12 labors are all pretty much done before the opening credits.
3. In this movie, Hercules is really just a human mercenary, with a team of warriors helping him out. His nephew has the sole job of making up the legends of Hercules and spreading them around to give Hercules a badass reputation.
4. It is set in a time when people are starting to doubt the existence of gods and magic, but still need something to believe in.
5. This movie has some really impressive, epic battle scenes.
6. Hercules's companions are a diverse and entertaining group. Ian McShane is especially good as Amphiaraus, who does drugs and gets "visions from the gods". Some of these visions come true, and some don't.
7. The movie does a good job of illustrating that some monsters you have to battle are psychological ones.
8. There are a few moments that contradict the movie's attempt to stay grounded in reality. That's annoying. But there aren't very many of them.
9. If you want a movie full of gods and monsters, you will leave the theater angry. If you like to see military battles, and a reflection on how heroes are made, you may appreciate it. This movie is certainly smarter and more layered than most movies of this type.
Hint: The movie does explain all to its audiences, and does so very well, neither confirming the Gods or dispelling them; leaving that up to you to choose. The movie did so well, in fact, it earned a sixth star if it were mine to give. Dwayne did real acting in this one, not just eye-candy.
Unfortunately there is an over reliance on padding, montages, and meaningless back story in this. I'm not entirely surprised, though, as it was directed by Brett Ratner who is a director that takes on interesting ideas and fails to be very good at making them work well. For a little while he was successful with this because he was taking ideas that felt fresh so they held themselves by novelty. Now, he's mostly relegated to remaking old ideas. This can be fine, but Brett Ratner has very little talent (if any) so there's always going to be a problem. Especially with directing.
This movie is a cool idea, but I think where it really fails is that they decided to tell the story from the middle. When Hercules is already an established legend. I think this was done so they didn't have to own the idea whole heartedly. Maybe it failed as a story, but succeeded in other ways (and somehow they got to do a sequel) they could just take it all back and decide he is more legend than man after all. This is the type of half baked trash I expect from Brett Ratnet at this point, but it's still a real shame. Maybe if they wanted to start here that would be fine if they owned the concept entirely. Don't constantly go back to his past exploits for no reason. We get it. There is no magical creatures in your telling of Hercules. In reality the myths are more powerful than reality (as reality dictates this is always the case anyway). Don't constantly elude to the fact that magic really doesn't exist in this world, but then constantly go back and forth ("Maybe he is the son of Zues. Who could say?").
Anyway, it's a great idea given to a terrible director so it doesn't live up to the potential of the concept.
I liked the casting choices here. Dwayne Johnson has become a skilled and likable action lead, and he fits Hercules fine (even though he's clearly Hawaiian, but don't worry I won't tell anybody ;) ). I liked all the actors cast as Hercules friends as well.
The story is inconsistent and full of padding. Whoever wrote it didn't really seem to know where to go with the story as they constantly show either montages, or long scenes of talking where nothing of importance is shared other than to express maybe Hercules is the son of a god, maybe he's not, but he certainly is famous. Oh, but really that wasn't a hydra. It was dudes with masks on.
Luckily the movie is fairly short, so you don't have to worry too much.
Also Ian Mcshane is in this so for me it's automatically fun at least for the 5 minutes he gets to be on screen. I especially liked his characters sensibility.
All in all I'd say this movie is fine as a rental. It's ok to see it once, but I wouldn't buy it. It's a great idea made by people with low IQs so it's maybe half of a good movie and half of a meandering drivel movie. Disney's Hercules is more consistently interesting, but this movie does have it's moments. Unfortunately they decided to make it "realistic" so none of the interesting stuff about Hercules shows up except when he throws a horse with a man riding it.