Hercules Review

Follow Hercules (played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson), son of Zeus, half man, half god, on an adventure that was never told. Feel his mortal side as he reveal his emotions while constantly being reminded that he is Hercules. Ride with the crushing wave as he fights off enemies with heavenly strength that is unmatched by any human. Myth or legend? You decide…

The Plot

A band of mercenaries, A barbarian, a Thief, an Amazon, a Berserker, a Soothsayer and a world class Salesman (old school RPG reference) were commissioned to help fight off some rebels with an army of farmers. Experience this untold story of how this band of unruly misfits trained farmers to become solders, young men to become warriors, to ultimately defeat a savage and terrifying warlord and suppressed an uprising while ultimately creating a legend.

No spoilers here, so if you want to find out more, do watch the movie

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The Verdict

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson puts up a brilliant 5 stars performance as he took on the body and soul of the famous demi-god, Hercules. Not forgetting Ian McShane who plays Amphiaraus (who we two like to address as the soothsayer) who did well to inject humor into the movie with his hilarious puns and sarcasm; Reece Ritchie who plays Iolaus, the nephew of Hercules who is the storyteller in the context of the movie (the one we refer to as the world class salesman) and Ingrid Bolsø Berdal as Atalanta the amazon because we love women in armor (Ken gives extra points to her for being one hell of an ass kicking archer).

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We had the chance to watch it in 3D and thanks to Cathay, we have our own 3D glasses as well. With the 3D technology, we felt as though we were part of the action throughout the movie and had a fun time dodging the arrows, watching out for stray shards of debris and had to take a second look to make sure the daggers flying out of the screen were not really going to kill us.

Overall, while the movie plot was decent and the inclusion of interesting plot twist and turns together with ample humor, eye catching effects, and epic battle scenes made it an enjoyable ride. Our advice of course is to leave whatever you know about the legend of Hercules at the door because this movie is going to re-forge the legend that is Hercules for you.

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Oh and just a side note before we forget, if you notice Megara, the wife of Hercules (played by Irina Shayk) in the movie poster, she only had about one line if we remember correctly. But by showing us her rather attractive “behind” *wink wink*, it sure made up for it.

Rating : 4 out of 5 Stars

by Ken Koh & Alex Tan

Hercules opens in cinemas 24 July 2014
Images courtesy of United International Pictures Singapore

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