‘The Legend of Hercules’ starring Kellan Lutz as Hercules is an ambitious origin story about the mythical Greek hero who is the son of the King of Gods, Zeus. Hercules is blessed with extraordinary strength. His stepfather, the King, betrays him and sells him into slavery because of a forbidden love (he loves Hebe who is betrothed to his older brother). Hercules must embrace his god-like powers to save his true love and restore peace to the kingdom.
The movie is directed and written by Renny Harlan and stars Kellan Lutz, Scott Adkins, Liam McIntyle, Liam Garrigan, Jonathon Schaech, Roxanne McKee, with Gaia Weiss and Rada Serbedzija.
To take on the mythical story of the magnificent Greek warrior is a noble feat. After all, this is an iconic account that has been told from novels and graphic comic books to feature films. This time around the tale is told in 3D with CGI (Computer Generated Images) to create imposing scenes of war and glorious cities that mirror the greatness of the king.
Yet, the movie is a dismal failure that lacks the strength to survive on the big screen. The story lacks imagination and the CGI images are cartoonish at best. The musical score fails to enhance the scenes and overpowers the action taking place. It becomes an irritating intrusion upon a lackluster film. Not to mention, the tiresome campy dialogue.
The audience will be hard pressed to care about, let alone champion Hercules’ cause to reclaim the kingdom. Not even Lutz’s many shirtless scenes can save this film.