The Legend of Hercules review by George Hooper - Cinema Paradiso
While the many tales of Hercules are inspirational, entertaining and well known, the various film and television adaptations that try to bring the demi-god to life never quite get it right. Be it the cheap production values or the poor choice of cast, each version has not lived up to the hype it has created. The Legend of Hercules finds itself settling in with the rest of these productions but even among some horrifying creations it still manages to sink to the bottom of the barrel.
The film follows Hercules (Kellan Lutz) and his struggles to regain his homeland from a tyrannical leader who has forced his people into a state of fear and destruction. When Hercules is banished and taken from his love Hebe (Gaia Weiss) he must find his way back so that he may defeat the evil king Amphitryon (Scott Adkins) and free the kingdom that rightfully belongs to him
While the film proclaims to tell the ‘origins’ story of how Hercules became the hero that people needed him to be it twists and distorts the tales that make him great to show him to be a self righteous, unimpressively brutish man whose IQ probably doesn’t even make it into triple digits. The hero people looked up to and celebrated has been reduced to a meat sack that throws its weight against opposing forced with little to any idea of strategy.
The film emulates the Spartacus series that built upon the movie legend with plenty of slow motion fighting, unnecessary shirtlessness and other pulpy goodness but it never creates the much needed drama to offset the camper elements. Hercules’ journey to reuinite with his lost love is a fools errand for viewers because Lutz turns Herc into an emotionless husk, a man who seeks a good fight and the woman he loves even though nobody should ever love this version of the man