Five Reasons You’ll Love It - July 25, 2014

Hercules - Five Reasons You'll Love It
by Natasha
Natasha
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Hercules - Five Reasons You'll Love It

The man, the Rock, the legend…it feels only natural that Dwayne Johnson takes on the role of the mythological demigod Hercules the Son of Zeus in this new big budget version of the classic myth, which hits cinemas today.

After the Legend Of Hercules starring Kellan Lutz was released earlier this year, we get our second Hercules film, with this version is based on a graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars. Here we see an older Hercules (set after his 12 labours) and a group of mercenaries who are hired by the King of Thrace to train his people so that they can end a bloody civil war that has swept across his kingdom…

Very different from the much loved Disney version (sadly no cute Pegasus) but full of brilliant action sequences and a few cheeky twists. We caught an early screening and have rounded up five reasons you’ll love it…

 

It's action packed...

Fighting on foot, on horse or by chariot with swords, clubs, spears, arrows or even bare hands… there is no shortage of action sequences in this film. Especially where Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson can show off his strength, being hit by him really would be like being hit by a freight train...

 

The plot is not what you would expect

The film is set after Hercules’ 12 labours so we focus on the fighting between men and less on magic and monsters. He is haunted by the death of his family and exiled from Athens so proceeds to move across Greece with his talented group of mercenaries spreading his legend and using his strength for gold. Thankfully the film isn’t just as simple as big man get paid to do a job and then move on, there are some cheeky twists that draw it all together…  but we shall reveal no spoilers.

 

It’s got a great cast

Apart from Johnson as lead the rest of the well-known cast is dominated by the British! Ian McShane and Rufus Sewell make up some of Hercules’ loyal companions. Both of them are brutal warriors but with a penchant for bringing humour to their violence. John Hurt and Joseph Fiennes don gold crowns and elegant togas as Lord Cotys and King Eurystheus respectively. Peter Mullan takes on John Hurt’s bad tempered general and of the non-British, if you were a fan of TV series The White Queen, you’ll recognise Rebecca Ferguson who plays Ergenia, John Hurt’s daughter.

 

It doesn’t take itself too seriously...

An action film about a mythological half god if left totally humourless would end up having situations where the audience is laughing at the film and not with it. Thankfully this is not the case as Hercules’ band of merry mercenaries bring a real light-heartedness to the film. Particularly Ian McShane’s character Amphiaraus who believes he has the gift of second sight but never quite gets it right, blaming the God’s for keeping him in the dark.

 

Dwayne Johnson is HUGE!

A round of applause for ‘The Rock’ who really did commit to the part of playing the Son of Zeus. With more than 6 months training for the role, a 22 week diet consisting of 7 meals a day including 14 egg whites and over 3 pounds of meat; Dwayne is built like a brick sh** house.

 

Hercules will be released into cinemas on Friday (25th July). 

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