Before he was a legend, he was a man
Fourteen hundred years BCE, a tormented soul walked the earth that was neither man nor god. Hercules was the powerful son of the god king Zeus, for this he received nothing but suffering his entire life. After twelve arduous labours and the loss of his family, this dark, world-weary soul turned his back on the gods finding his only solace in bloody battle. Over the years he warmed to the company of six similar souls, their only bond being their love of fighting and presence of death. These men and women never question where they go to fight or why or whom, just how much they will be paid. Now the King of Thrace has hired these mercenaries to train his men to become the greatest army of all time. It is time for this bunch of lost souls to finally have their eyes opened to how far they have fallen when they must train an army to become as ruthless and blood thirsty as their reputation has become.
-Written by Radical Comics
So I along with many people thought that this film was going to be about Hercules and the twelve labours, but what we got was something different, Hercules is actually about the man and his troubles, not looking at him as a half god/half man but more as a man. The main focus and theme of the film is how Hercules is NOT the Hercules from myth and legend. So right off the bat the trailer has straight up lied to you, with this I was not impressed, but I took it for what it was; a new take on Hercules.
The film is filled with Fight sequences and battles which was actually really well shot and done, the twelve labours are mentioned but in a kind of PowerPoint slideshow which was right at the beginning, The CGI is well done and The Rock looks like a beast! Irina Shayk who plays the wife of Hercules is absolutely stunning! Just thought I’d throw that in there.
To be honest with you Hercules is decent but really not what I was expecting nor what I wanted; I wanted to see the story of Hercules and the twelve labours. I thought Dwayne Johnson looked great as Hercules, and as for the story it was ok, but not amazing.
I would say watch the film but don’t look at it as Hercules, look at it as the story of a hero because that’s basically what it was…
By Fiaz Ali