Movie Review: Hercules

Director: Brett Ratner
Writers: Ryan Conda, Evan Spillotopoulos, and others
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, John Hurt, Ian McShanr, Rufus Sewell, Aksel Hennie, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Reece Ritchie

Plot: Hercules, Dwayne Johnson, is a mercenary for hire. More correctly he is the head of a mercenary company whose men spread the tall tales of his exploits as a method to drum up business and to frighten foes. Hercules decides to take a job with the king of Thrace, John Hurt, and train his men to fight in a war against his enemy who has attacked Thrace and burning the farms around it. But is everything as it seems?

I will admit that it wasn’t my intention to review this movie. I had heard nothing but bad reviews on it and why just be a part of the chorus? However, there is something about this movie and similar ones as this that I would like to point out.

There is a trend that I have noticed lately with films about mythical heroes. That trend is to remove any and all traces of supernatural from these heroes.  Now when I read about Hercules it was in books about mythology and in that there was the various monsters and involvement of the various Greek gods and frankly that is what made the story interesting.  Now for example Hercules is just a really strong guy with a trained crew and a really good PR guy.  Take for instance the Hydra in the myth the Hydra was multiple headed serpent that when a head was cut off two more would grown in its place.  In the movie the Hydra is a group of men that wear serpent helmets (Hail Hydra!) which is a reasonable explanation I suppose, but really its a bit of a let down.

So lastly with regard to this film there is a brief moment of nudity and some foul language it is rated PG-13 because of that as well as some graphic violence.  Because of that and the quality of the story I am giving this a two and half stars.