In Ancient Greece 1200 B.C., a queen succumbs to the lust of Zeus to bear a son promised to overthrow the tyrannical rule of the king and restore peace to a land in hardship. But this prince, Hercules, knows nothing of his real identity or his destiny. He desires only one thing: the love of Hebe, Princess of Crete, who has been promised to his own brother. When Hercules learns of his greater purpose, he must choose: to flee with his true love or to fulfill his destiny and become the true hero of his time.
Director: Renny Harlin
Starring: Kellan Lutz, Gaia Weiss, Scott Adkins
Hercules: The Legend Begins lands in theaters on January 10, 2014.
I always worry when a film title says "Begins", this implies more to come, but if the film flops, so does the "Next Chapter". Take for example "Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins", yeah sure it was cheesy and it was released in 1985 with leading male actor Fred Ward (Tremors), but the point is, it never continued. If this Hercules film plans to continue, the first one needs to be finacially successful, unfortunately judging by the trailer, it won't make a very big splash. It looks too much like a "Gladiator" type of movie, but that had Ridley Scott at the helm and Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix. This one has a blonde 90210 looking kinda guy playing the mighty man of myth and no Kevin Sorbo either, just saying it doesn't look good for a sequel. But maybe enough open minded, not caring about the myth, people will watch it... we will have to wait and see.
I admit it will probably be a fun action adventure if you can overlook the name and the mythology behind it. My best reference to fit as an example is "First Knight" released in 1995 with Sean Connery, Richard Gere and Julia Ormond. The film was a King Arthur tale spun with all the known players: Lancelot, Guinevere and so on. But it was not true to the Arthur legends, so if you watch the film and forget about all the tales of Arthur and Camelot, then it's actually a good movie.
It is after all just meant to entertain us and sometimes we need the escape from reality anyway.
What do you think, watch it or not, is it worth the big screen price or a rental?