Every year there is a genre or subject matter that spawns a few rival projects. This year seemed to be that of Hercules, with the first one coming from director Renny Harlin and starring Kellan Lutz, Scott Adkins, and Liam McIntyre aptly titled The Legend of Hercules, but is it able to bring the story of the mythical Greek hero effectively to life or will it be a legend that should have never been told?
The Legend of Hercules follows a half-god, half-man blessed with extraordinary strength who is betrayed by his stepfather, the King, and exiled and sold into slavery because of a forbidden love. Now he must use his formidable powers to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom through harrowing battles and gladiator-arena death matches, he embarks on an odyssey to overthrow the King and restore peace to the land. On the surface this film should work but stumbles a bit as a finished product. The story works fine, but tries so hard to go the origin story route of the character that it feels slow paced and takes a while to bring much to the table to grab your attention. Lutz does a decent enough job with the role and while he brings the physic to the role, he never really commands the presence needed for the character. Martial arts superstar Scott Adkins takes on a different kind of role as the evil king that allows him to shine more so with his performance and bring the action when needed making him the one true shining spot to the film in relation to performance. Liam McIntyre of Spartacus fame is fine, but it is hard to really buy into him in this role as all you can see is Sparatcus, but that is no fault of his own.
There is a lot of the 300 style action here with slow motion and CGI shots that are also hit and miss. The standard action works great with everyone looking like they are giving their all and really bringing it to the table, but when it shifts to the CGI it gets a bit hokey. There are moments with the CGI that work, but more often than not it felt more low budget and not really a part of the same film. There is a sequence, that is seen in the trailers with lightning style whips that is cool and all, but should have worked a lot better especially being an important moment for the characters growth. This is one of those that doesn’t deliver on a full on Hercules movie that some fans of the character probably wanted, but at the same time those fans of Lutz and Adkins will no doubt buy right into it despite its issues. In addition to the film this Blu-ray also features commentary and “The Making of The Legend of Hercules’ documentary. Be there when the legend begins when The Legend of Hercules hits Blu-ray and DVD on April 29th.
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