Friday, January 30, 2015

Shorts: The Legend of Hercules (2014)

I think this is first time I write about something that has connection to Finland. I mean more than mention of Finland and something we don't have as movie expects us having. Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus doesn't count. Maybe I should do real review of that though.

There was a time when every Renny Harlin movie was big event here in Finland. That time he made good movies. Nowadays he seem to be more like director for hire. Well, I guess he was that for Die Hard 2 and Nightmare on Elm Street 4. But those were sequels to bigger movie. This one is mockbuster of Dwayne Johnson movie Hercules(2014).

In true mockbuster way story is quickly put together. The Legend of Hercules had to be released before Hercules and Hercules had head start. Story has only the names from source material. In source material Hera didn't like Zeus having kids with mortal women. In this movie she connects Zeus and Hercules' mother. Rest of the story doesn't follow the source material either.

Story is so standard forbidden love story you just wait for movie to end. Everything just happens conveniently to get Hercules to ending we know is coming. Dialog is awful. Kellan Lutz is ok when he is fighting or suffering. Otherwise his scenes doesn't work. He was better in Arena but that was all fighting and suffering. To Lutz's credit no-one else was good either. It could be because of dialog and story.

Movie is pretty much waste of time. Only if you are huge 300 fan and you really have to see another movie like that this might work for you. At times this has same feeling but story and acting are much worse and this doesn't have as cool one liners. They don't "dine in hell". They "take back what was taken from them".

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