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The Legend of Hercules

action & adventure

Hercules harnesses his demi-god powers to rise up against a corrupt king in this action-filled epic.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
1 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
4 out of 5

Mythical tale is violent and poorly executed.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Legend of Hercules is a fantasy adventure based on the Greek myth of Hercules, the demigod son of Zeus. The movie contains a mix of stylized and realistic violence that leads to a high body count: sword fights, battle scenes, hangings, and up-close deaths. Hercules and his beloved Hebe kiss passionately several times and make love once, but all that is visible is shoulders and backs.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about why movies about Greek myths and legends are still so popular. What other myths do you think should be adapted into a movie?
  • Does the movie seem positioned for a sequel? Originally the movie was called Hercules: The Legend Begins but then it changed; do you think there should be a sequel?
  • Discuss the violence. Does the impact of violence change whether it's realistic or stylized?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Audience Reviews

1 star

...dear LORD, this was bad. The acting is horrible, the writing is horrible, there is nothing creative or memorable about it, and the CGI is literally worse than SyFy Channel movies. There is actually a moment where you hear a person talking, but their mouth isn't moving. I am not kidding. The only things that were kind of cool were the Egyptian jackal armor and the lightning whip. That's it. I can't remember the last time I saw a movie this boring.

- ZeldaFreak603, Saturday, June 21, 2014

1 star

Trying to be 300 on a 30 IQ and $300 budget, this take on a Greek god quickly reveals itself to be a Greek tragedy. So insipid that it doesn't inspire parody so much as make you think you're watching one, Hercules makes the craptacular Z-List TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys look like the intellectual equivalent of The Wire. A CG-animated lion, for instance, inspires about as much fear in moviegoers as a common cold to the Man of Steel. And speaking of Superman, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson will be taking on Herc later this summer under the dubious direction of Brett Ratner. As this Herculean turd slides down the screen, however, their version is starting to sound like popcorn--munching Oscar bait. In this PG-13-rated adventure arriving in theaters 6 months before a similar such take on the Greek strongman, Hercules (Lutz) must use his formidable powers to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom after being betrayed by his stepfather, the King, and exiled and sold into slavery because of a forbidden love. Kellan Lutz flexes huge muscles and delivers the right lines, but he's no mythmaker. Ripping off style from Zach Snyder (300) and material from, well, NOT mythology, director Renny Harlin presents not so much a low rent Thor as a broke ass Gladiator. If by selling this as an origin tale, the producers mean to make more chapters, then it's this reviewer's duty to relay some sound advice: Stop while you're behind. Bottom line: Crap of the Titans

- jeffboam, Friday, January 17, 2014

2 stars

Every man has a destiny. Not a great movie, could have been made much better! Let me start off by saying I am a huge fantasy fan. I can usually enjoy any swords and sorcery type film and find something good about it. It is staggering to me that with a mythology as rich and engaging to draw from, they choose a tired rehashing of Gladiator as the main focus of the film. No doubt holding the more interesting material back for future sequels. The laughable love story is unengaging, poorly scripted and given far too much screen time. What really disappoints is the action sequences. Hercules is supposed to be a demigod that achieves the impossible; the movie portrays none of this. It wastes a good deal of time with a clumsy mix of fighting scenes in which Hercules is repeatedly captured and/or defeated. I really don't know what I recommend from this film. Everything in the movie has been done better in other films. I hope this film tanks but I doubt it. It will make a profit and encourage more of the same I'm sure. 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. The story behind one of the greatest myths is revealed in this action-packed epic - a tale of love, sacrifice and the strength of the human spirit.

- MANUGINO, Friday, March 28, 2014