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Film Review: Kellan Lutz as ‘The Legend of Hercules’ a Summer Blockbuster Action Wannabe

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CHICAGO – Big-budget Hollywood is struggling to find new stories, which is why we sometimes see the same ones two, three or even 10 times. Sometimes they’re days or months apart. And sometimes they shouldn’t have been made in the first place and just were to profit from a beloved story or hero.

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 1.0/5.0
Rating: 1.0/5.0

Here’s a thing that sure makes you go hmmm. The plot synopsis for “The Legend of Hercules,” which stars Kellan Lutz of “Twilight” fame and opened on Jan. 10, 2014 from the producers of “The Expendables,” is:

“The Legend of Hercules” is the origin story of the mythical Greek hero. Betrayed by his stepfather (the king) and exiled and sold into slavery because of a forbidden love, Hercules must use his formidable powers to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom.

The plot synopsis for “Hercules,” which stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and opens just 6 months later on July 25, 2014, is:

Hercules – the Greek demigod – has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord.

StarRead Adam Fendelman’s full review of “The Legend of Hercules”.

This month’s Hercules is helmed by director Renny Harlin (“Die Hard 2,” “Cliffhanger”). He’s one of the most successful Finnish film directors in the history of Hollywood – who you’ve never heard of. July’s Hercules comes at us from a more recognizable name: Brett Ratner (three “Rush Hour” films, “Red Dragon,” “X-Men: The Last Stand”).

Despite taking fight sequence and cinematographic inspiration from films like “300” and “Gladiator,” “The Legend of Hercules” fails as an epic action film because of its low-cost acting, a stiff and cheesy script, an underwhelming visual feast and pre-pubescent character depth. It’s a summer blockbuster film wannabe that opened in January instead to recoup the piece of its $70 million budget that it can.

“The Legend of Hercules” stars Kellan Lutz, Gaia Weiss, Scott Adkins, Roxanne McKee, Scott Adkins, Liam Garrigan, Liam McIntyre, Rade Serbedzija, Johnathon Schaech, Luke Newberry, Kenneth Cranham, Mariah Gale and Sarai Givaty from writer and director Renny Harlin and writer Daniel Giat. The film, which opened on Jan. 10, 2014, has a running time of 90 minutes. It is rated “PG-13” for sequences of intense combat action and violence and for some sensuality.

StarContinue for Adam Fendelman’s full “The Legend of Hercules” review.

Kellan Lutz stars in The Legend of Hercules
Kellan Lutz stars in “The Legend of Hercules”.
Image credit: Summit Entertainment

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What a load of crap! Who ever

What a load of crap! Who ever got paid to make this crap; didn’t get paid nearly enough to sell their soul like this. I also saw a screening of this “film” and it’s got to be one of the worst things I’ve seen in a long, long time. I love Greek mythology and this is so far off track, you can’t even use the term Tomato - Toma(toe). More like Tomato - Giraffe. If you liked this garbage you have a palette that wouldn’t even be able to tell you you’re eating vomit and not soup.

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