Have you ever seen a trailer or commercial for a movie and thought to yourself how bad it looked, but you ended up seeing it and the movie turned out to be pretty good? The flip side is you see something that looked awful, you wind up seeing it and it turned out worse than it looked in the ads. The latter perfectly describes the new movie, "The Legend of Hercules" which opens today, January 10 in theaters all over South Florida.
"The Legend of Hercules" is an origin story of sorts. Hercules (Kellan Lutz_, son of Zeus, is born for the sole purpose to stop the rein of his Earth father, King Amphitryon (Scott Adkins). The King sets up his son to be killed, but instead, Hercules is sold into slavery and must fight his way back to stop his father and claim his true love too.
Where to begin? There is only one positive note regarding "The Legend of Hercules" and that is the 3D effects. They are quite good. Director Renny Harlin utilizes the art form quite effectively. They are some real good props that pop out of the screen and he makes good use with the depth of field. If you are going to see this movie, but you are not encourage to in the least bit, you might as well shell out the extra few bucks to see it in 3D because that's the only noteworthy part of the movie.
What do you get when you combine the movies "300", "Troy", "Gladiator", The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" and the original "Conan the Barbarian"? You get a huge mess and that is exactly how "The Legend of Hercules" turned out. One can't help to notice how much King Amphitryon looks and sounds like an evil King Leonidas from "300". Renny Harlin even has him imitate some of his fighting moves right down to filming those scenes at regular film speed and then suddenly going to slow motion. At any moment you expect him to shout out, "Spartans! Tonight we dine in Hell!"
Renny Harlin made a good name for himself as an action movie director back in the 90s with such movies as "Die Hard 2" and "Cliffhanger", but since the turn of the Century he has been unable to deliver the goods. There is not one exciting moment in the whole movie. All the action scenes and the style in which they were filmed have been seen time and time again. Nothing is fresh here. You have to wonder, you wrote this script and thought they were turning in good work? What person bought this script and thought it could be turned into a good movie? What studio exec saw the dailies to this movie and thought they were getting gold? Well, maybe they didn't think that and just said, "We'll put this out in January."
There is not one noteworthy performance anywhere in this picture. Part of that may be due to the laughable dialogue. Usually these kinds of movies can be pretty gory, but they skimped on that and made it PG-13 violence. Hercules finds himself in "spots" at times, but overall, everything comes pretty easy to him. That's another major problem with this movie. Normally you hate seeing someone check their cell phone during a movie because that light is such a distraction. However, if it happened during this screening, it would have been a welcomed distraction. It is way to early to know how the top ten best and worst 3D movies of 2014 list will turn out, but chances are "The Legend of Hercules" will be very close, if not the number one movie on the worst list.