(Which do you prefer? The story or the LEGEND?)
How are you? Hope you have a wonderful evening this Sunday.
Today I’ll be writing about Hercules 2014, or Hercules : The Thracian War. There will be minor spoilers and few battle spoilers.
As the cast, we have the legendary Hercules (Dwayne Johnson), the spear-wielding prophet/Narrator
Amphiaraus (Ian McShane), the knife-throwing thief Autolycus (Rufus Sewell), the feral warrior Tydeus (Aksel Hennie), the Amazon archer Atalanta (Ingrid Bolsø Berdal) and his nephew storyteller Iolaus (Reece Ritchie).
The plot is taken from Hercules (Radical Comics). If you’ve read the comic, then this movie is going to be very familiar.
The story takes place in Ancient Thrace. Hercules and his brothers (sister) in arms are paid by the Thracian King/Lord Cotys (John Hunt) to train his army of peasants into warriors and eradicate the recent uprising lead by the so-called centaur/magician Rhesus. Little that he know the dark secret of his employer.
Side note :
Dwayne Johnson is a good Hercules. Probably the best I’ve ever seen. Despite his lines being ‘more words, less wisdom’ , it really suits his barbaric nature. But something kept bothering me, The Rock is a great actor, but his lines are bit sloppy and plain.
The movie depicts the legend of Hercules scaled down to earth. Making it less mythological, more believable, making the movie seemed more human than most Hercules adaptations.
Watching this movie had lessen my confidence greatly as Hercules goes on flexing his muscle around and I’m here just all skinny.
Minor spoiler : (Not much as a spoiler, but it is still a spoiler)
Runtime is quite short. You’ll think action packed movies like this would play for hours (*cough*cough* Transformer *cough* Godzilla *cough*). Sadly, it’s only 98 minutes.
There are 4-5 fight scenes. (There’s probably more)
If you’ve watched King Kong, Transformer : Age of Extinction, and many more, you’d recognize some of the moves done in this movie. Such as the jaw ripping scene. Hercules did the jaw ripping scene (twice!).
How awesome is that? 😀
Anyway, the movie is really great. Not that suitable for minors with all that violence but you can always turn a blind eye and watch it for the glory of Hercules.
Then again, what the hell do I know.
Good day everyone.