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The Legend of Hercules Movie Review

The Legend of Hercules Movie Review - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Jan 10, 2014
( Rating: 3 Star Rating)

Kidzworld reviews the Greek God actioner movie starring “Twilight’s” Kellan Lutz. Is The Legend of Hercules a good “popcorn” movie?

By: Lynn Barker

You are next in line to the throne and in love with a gorgeous princess. But, to save the kingdom and beef up his personal power, your dad wants to marry her off to your evil half-brother! Suddenly, life sucks for young Hercules!

Hercules using the power of the GodsHercules using the power of the Gods

The Beginning

In ancient Greece, Queen Alcmene has a night with the God Zeus and has his son angering her husband King Amphitryon who favors his true son Iphicles.

Hercules in happy timesHercules in happy times

Falling in Love

As a young man Hercules (Kellan Lutz) falls for beautiful princess Hebe (Gaia Weiss) from Crete. Their lives are golden until the King decides to cook up a marriage between Hebe and his son Iphicles to bring the two kingdoms together.

Hercules and Hebe swear their loveHercules and Hebe swear their love

Sent to Certain Death

When Hercules and Hebe try to run away to be together, they are caught and Hercules is sent away to war where he is expected to die.

Kellan Lutz on set waiting for actionKellan Lutz on set waiting for action

Life as a Slave/Gladiator

Surviving many battles, Hercules and good friend and fellow soldier Sotiris (Liam McIntyre of TV’s “Spartacus”) are captured and forced to fight as Gladiators where they win many matches.

Hercules and friend Sotiris as slaves and gladiatorsHercules and friend Sotiris as slaves and gladiators

Taking It All Back

After many personal losses, Hercules decides to accept his heritage as the son of Zeus and, with the common people behind him, he raises an army and returns to his homeland to take back his love and kingdom. Using the powers instilled in him by his father Zeus, Hercules is able to kill the king and his evil half brother and live happily with Hebe by his side.

Hercules is a spectacular fighterHercules is a spectacular fighter

Wrapping Up

We have to admit that we saw an earlier, unfinished version of this movie; special visual effects weren’t finished and much of the dialogue needed to be re-recorded but, that aside, we feel that, if you are a Kellan fan, hey, he looks very hunky. If you are a fan of “sword and sandal” epics with a ton of fighting or enjoy a nice love story that brings the lovers together after many trials, then you’ll probably enjoy the film on a pure popcorn movie level. 

Leading his troops through rain and stormLeading his troops through rain and storm

The writers don’t use much of the known Hercules myths at all but form their own story that seems to consist of tales and scenes from 300, Gladiator, Ben Hur and Brad Pitt’s Troy all mushed together. Been there, seen that.

Hebe learns she must marry Hercules' brotherHebe learns she must marry Hercules' brother

Kellan Lutz is a great guy and worked super hard to look and act the part of his childhood hero in this movie. He does a decent job but the look, fighting and some of the storyline is just too familiar so we can only go 3 stars.

The Legend of Hercules Movie Rating: 3

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The Legend of Hercules is in theaters January 10th!

 

 

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