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antspawn
03-05-12, 10:23 PM
Dwayne Johnson Confirmed As ‘Hercules’

Late last month, the Internet was reporting that there is a chance for Dwayne Johnson to star in Brett Ratner’s “Hercules.”

Variety has reported the former wrestler-turned-movie action hero has signed on to the MGM production.

“Hercules” will be a big screen adaptation of Steve Moore’s 2008 graphic novel “Hercules: The Thracian Wars.”

Here are the details on that story:

From the pen of Steve Moore (Dr. Who; Jonni Future) comes a tale of Hercules in his darkest hours. When the Thracian King summons the Greek hero and his six battle-worn companions to mold the Thracian army into a bloodthirsty, ruthless killing machine, the son of Zeus rushes to answer the call of war and gold. But within the nation of Thrace lies an epic tale of war, murder, deception and sacrifice that shows Hercules how far from grace he’s fallen— and what he must accomplish for redemption.

The adapted screenplay will be written by Ryan Condol and the film to be directed by Ratner himself.

MGM will begin production of “Hercules” in New Zealand this October.

Johnson will be appearing in the upcoming sequel “G.I. Joe: Retaliation.” He is signed on with several future projects including “Pain and Gain,” “Empire State,” and “The Fast and the Furious 6.”

Source: Variety

http://latino-review.com/2012/03/05/dwayne-johnson-confirmed-hercules/

RocShemp
03-06-12, 07:40 AM
Meh. It's not like they'll actually make Hercules the son of Jupiter. Why not cast a Samoan as a Roman hero that Hollywood constantly misrepresents as Greek?

islandclaws
03-06-12, 11:22 AM
I'm ok with this. :up:

Solid Snake
03-06-12, 05:22 PM
Anyone read the graphic novel? Never heard of it.

RocShemp
03-06-12, 08:22 PM
Anyone read the graphic novel? Never heard of it.

Me neither but I doubt it'll matter. It'll be the Rock kicking ass. That's all that matters.

I just wish Hollywood (and comic books apparently) wouldn't keep screwing up a simple thing like the diference between Greek and Roman mythology.

Groucho
03-06-12, 08:39 PM
I wonder if there will be rehearsals? I know the Greeks and Romans alike were very fond of "rehearsals".

devilshalo
03-06-12, 08:45 PM
I wonder what happened to the Kamehameha project he was attached to so long ago.

whoopdido
03-07-12, 12:55 AM
Meh. It's not like they'll actually make Hercules the son of Jupiter. Why not cast a Samoan as a Roman hero that Hollywood constantly misrepresents as Greek?

As if that's any worse than casting a white dude from Mound, Minnesota.

RocShemp
03-07-12, 07:24 PM
As if that's any worse than casting a white dude from Mound, Minnesota.

Oh, I know. That's why I think the casting is not a big deal. I don't see casting the Rock as a negative. I just find it irksome that Hollywood can never seem to figure out that Hercules is not even a Greek hero.

Rex Power Colt-Robot Man
03-07-12, 08:20 PM
No Sorbo, no deal.

starman9000
03-07-12, 08:22 PM
Hollywood has it right, it's the Romans that weren't able to figure out that Hercules was a Greek hero. ;)

whoopdido
03-07-12, 10:54 PM
Oh, I know. That's why I think the casting is not a big deal. I don't see casting the Rock as a negative. I just find it irksome that Hollywood can never seem to figure out that Hercules is not even a Greek hero.

I see what you're saying. The Greeks called him Heracles. The Romans called him Hercules. Hercules and Heracles were the same dude. I have no idea why Hercules became attributed to the Greeks rather than the Romans. Hercules was not the son of Zeus as so many movies and tv shows like to say. Hercules was the son of Jupiter. Heracles was the son of Zeus. Jupiter and Zeus were the same dude too but people shouldn't mix and match Greek and Roman gods/demi-gods.

RocShemp
03-07-12, 11:07 PM
I see what you're saying. The Greeks called him Heracles. The Romans called him Hercules. Hercules and Heracles were the same dude. I have no idea why Hercules became attributed to the Greeks rather than the Romans. Hercules was not the son of Zeus as so many movies and tv shows like to say. Hercules was the son of Jupiter. Heracles was the son of Zeus. Jupiter and Zeus were the same dude too but people shouldn't mix and match Greek and Roman gods/demi-gods.

That's my issue. Although they're technically the same guy, they're really representations from different cultures. Which is why Heracles was associated with certain specific Greek festivities whereas Hercules was associated with certain Roman festivities.

starman9000
03-07-12, 11:13 PM
:lol:

RocShemp
03-07-12, 11:31 PM
:lol:

Hey, if guys can bitch about scuff marks on a shield or a deranged clown's penchant for cheap knifes, I can complain about the misrepresentations of Greek and Roman mythological figures. :p

Ash Ketchum
03-08-12, 01:29 PM
Somehow I can't seem to wrap my head around "Brett Ratner's Hercules."

Tarantino
03-08-12, 03:31 PM
Rather...sucks.
The Rock...rocks.

Hope it has a good trailer.

Kory
03-08-12, 04:16 PM
I'm in for any action flick starring The Rock.

DJariya
03-24-14, 03:49 AM
https://scontent-b-lax.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/t1.0-9/1149045_10152425633639384_1950891634_n.jpg


1st photo of Dwayne Johnson as Hercules from his Facebook page.


The movie is just called "Hercules"

It's coming out July 25th. I'm surprised this was the only thread about this movie. dex14, you probably need to rename this thread.

DJariya
03-24-14, 07:17 PM
https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/t1.0-9/1150834_10152427623099384_1449158701_n.jpg


Poster for the movie.

devilshalo
03-24-14, 07:25 PM
Supposed to be a trailer available tomorrow...

TheMadMonk
03-24-14, 08:31 PM
So, will this be rated R, and have lots of blood and nudity and generally kick ass, like the first Conan the Barbarian, or will it be some watered-down family friendly PG/PG-13 turd, like Conan the Destroyer?

Chadm
03-24-14, 08:39 PM
I'm sure it will be a turd either way.

Groucho
03-24-14, 09:33 PM
http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view7/2944936/hercules-nutty-professor-o.gif

islandclaws
03-25-14, 01:04 AM
:lol:

antspawn
03-25-14, 01:58 AM
This is going to suck so bad. :(

Artman
03-25-14, 02:01 AM
Every one of The Rock's teaser pics looked better than the poster and stills they just released. My God... anticipation for this just cratered.

Why So Blu?
03-25-14, 03:40 AM
Fuck, the marketing team and whoever came up with those lame posters and font type should all be fired en masse. The whole lot of them. It better not be some PG-13 bullshit either.

TomOpus
03-25-14, 10:17 AM
Not a fan of The Rock and no real interest in Hercules. This will be a pass for me.

HN
03-25-14, 11:31 AM
Fuck, the marketing team and whoever came up with those lame posters and font type should all be fired en masse. The whole lot of them. It better not be some PG-13 bullshit either.

Looks like the font in the 300 poster

EddieMoney
03-25-14, 12:24 PM
I like The Rock. But Brett Ratner can go fuck his fucking self.

Why So Blu?
03-25-14, 12:42 PM
I really hate the logo but this could be fun if it's rated R. Maybe.

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/4JZhGYrgCPg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

DaveyJoe
03-25-14, 12:47 PM
http://www.geekbinge.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Ann_Arrested-Development.jpgCULES

TGM
03-25-14, 12:49 PM
my only interest in this is to see Liam McIntyre from Spartacus. It's going to be odd seeing him in a similarly themed movie, and not being the primary hero.

Solid Snake
03-25-14, 12:50 PM
Hrmmm. Logo, poster, and him yelling his name sucks but... It looks neat.

HN
03-25-14, 12:55 PM
i'm going with PG-13

DJariya
03-25-14, 01:06 PM
Interesting trailer.

No way this is R. This is a big summer blockbuster title, so it has to be PG-13.

We've come a long way from the Cannon Films version with Lou Ferrigno. That version was extremely campy from what I recall and Lou was dubbed by a voice actor because he's deaf.

<iframe width="420" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/3Ui9Lizoj0Q" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

devilshalo
03-25-14, 02:49 PM
If this is the journey of Hercules twelves labors, then it looks fun! Ratner, well... :/

rexinnih
03-25-14, 03:45 PM
Wait.,what., where's the 3D!?!?!?!

Solid Snake
03-25-14, 04:12 PM
I dunno. It talks about the labors he has done. And shows some of them. But based on some of the stuff in there I can't really say wtf this film plot is.

It would be cool to see the labors. Would be kind of a weird thing to set up his task. Cuz he went mad and killed his family. Then seeked atonement for his actions. Not really something that could be redeemable normally. It works for me though cuz I love mythology.

Fuck. Now I want to read books on greek mythology. What are some some good books on Greek mythology?

Nick Danger
03-25-14, 04:34 PM
That's too bad. This is a time when movie-goers like gritty heros. It would be the perfect time to make a Hercules movie based on the Greek myths, instead of Victorian children's books.

I want to see the movie about the guy who's so dangerous that Jason and Theseus are afraid of him, and they're his friends. The guy who fathered sixty or seventy kids before he got married.

We don't do Batman like Adam West anymore. Why are we doing Hercules like George Reeves?

Dr. DVD
03-25-14, 04:44 PM
That teaser looks stupid. Rock is typically pretty good in his roles, but they picked the wrong line for him to deliver, almost looks like he's doing a variation on "if you smellllllllllllllllllllllllllllll, what the Rock, is cooking."

Solid Snake
03-25-14, 04:45 PM
That's too bad. This is a time when movie-goers like gritty heros. It would be the perfect time to make a Hercules movie based on the Greek myths, instead of Victorian children's books.

I want to see the movie about the guy who's so dangerous that Jason and Theseus are afraid of him, and they're his friends. The guy who fathered sixty or seventy kids before he got married.

We don't do Batman like Adam West anymore. Why are we doing Hercules like George Reeves?

Rephrase that Batman bit. I'm not sure wtf you're trying to say.

robin2099
03-25-14, 06:39 PM
That's too bad. This is a time when movie-goers like gritty heros. It would be the perfect time to make a Hercules movie based on the Greek myths, instead of Victorian children's books.

I want to see the movie about the guy who's so dangerous that Jason and Theseus are afraid of him, and they're his friends. The guy who fathered sixty or seventy kids before he got married.

We don't do Batman like Adam West anymore. Why are we doing Hercules like George Reeves?

Because no one want's to spend $100 million dollars to create a movie that features two hours of an unlikeable womanizing douche bag.

nando820
03-25-14, 07:18 PM
Looks like a solid $3 blind buy from Big Lots. But when they have the 20% sale though

Shannon Nutt
03-25-14, 07:25 PM
The SPCA isn't going to like Herc...all he does is kill animals. :)

Osiris3657
03-25-14, 11:58 PM
This looks awful. Maybe one person or two will go see it and like it coughDJariyacough

RichC2
03-26-14, 11:10 AM
Looks better than the other Hercules movie that came out this year.

Why did I just waste the time to type that.

Could be entertaining, but I won't be seeing this in theaters.

Ash Ketchum
03-26-14, 11:25 AM
Because no one wants to spend $100 million dollars to create a movie that features two hours of an unlikeable womanizing douche bag.

Hey, don't talk about Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio like that! And, besides, it was three hours, not two. :D

EddieMoney
05-16-14, 11:13 AM
Looks better than the other Hercules movie that came out this year.

Why did I just waste the time to type that.

Could be entertaining, but I won't be seeing this in theaters.

Tried watching this last night. Tried.

Fuck. Fuck. Fuck.

Why So Blu?
06-03-14, 11:37 AM
Less horrible looking but it needs to be rated R.

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/7Uro03xQwrA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Solid Snake
06-03-14, 02:26 PM
That does look better.

RocShemp
06-03-14, 02:46 PM
I like the cast but that second trailer is absolute shit.

VHS?
06-03-14, 04:19 PM
Should have left out the "I Am" part and just screamed "Hercules". Would have sounded way less corny.

EddieMoney
06-03-14, 04:26 PM
I like Duane "50 Cent" Jackson as much as the next guy, but he seems really miscast in this bucket of filthy donkey shit.

islandclaws
06-03-14, 04:29 PM
I think he's the only thing that can save this bucket of donkey shit.

TheMovieman
06-03-14, 04:31 PM
I like Duane "50 Cent" Jackson as much as the next guy, but he seems really miscast in this bucket of filthy donkey shit.

Who is Duane "50 Cent" Jackson?

DJariya
06-03-14, 05:19 PM
Who is Duane "50 Cent" Jackson?

:lol:

hanshotfirst1138
06-03-14, 11:31 PM
I know that they obviously do it for commercial reasons, but every time I see a rapper's stage name in the credits of a movie alongside regular names, I always do a double-take. It's just odd to see.

fumanstan
06-04-14, 12:10 AM
The CG looks terrible. At least it seems like they changed that amateurish font.

d2cheer
06-04-14, 11:16 AM
Bomb anyway you slice it.

Greg MacGuffin
06-04-14, 03:41 PM
Bomb anyway you slice it.

I don't know, people really enjoy watching stupid shit.

RocShemp
06-04-14, 03:46 PM
I don't know, people really enjoy watching stupid shit.

Yeah but this is too reminiscent of The Scorpion King (which was watchable as a rental).

VHS?
07-03-14, 01:04 AM
From Asylum Films,
You knew they had to do it.
Coming next week: move over, The Rock!
https://scontent-b-sjc.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfp1/t1.0-9/q83/s720x720/10517479_10152168375100966_2058385160403892647_n.jpg

stingermck
07-03-14, 07:51 AM
Haha, is that legit? Morrison was actually one of my favorite wrestlers.

mattysemo247
07-03-14, 01:15 PM
You bet your ass it's real! You can preorder that puppy on Amazon at this very moment.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/Hercules-Reborn-Blu-ray/ref=%26%2574%2561g%3d%2562l%2575r%2561y%252d012%252d20?SubscriptionId=AKIAIY4YSQJMFDJATNBA&tag=bluray-012-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B00KBT8868&ASIN=B00KBT8868&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Mr. Cinema
07-23-14, 08:53 AM
I thought the trailer was pretty entertaining despite knowing this is from Brett Ratner. There's only 3 reviews up but all are surprisingly positive. Maybe this won't be a pile of garbage.

DRG
07-23-14, 10:26 AM
From Asylum Films,
You knew they had to do it.
Coming next week: move over, The Rock!
https://scontent-b-sjc.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfp1/t1.0-9/q83/s720x720/10517479_10152168375100966_2058385160403892647_n.jpg

I'm surprised they can even say "WWE's John Morrison" on the cover since a) he hasn't worked for WWE since 2011 and b) the ring name 'John Morrison' is a WWE creation (he hasn't used it in indie stuff since leaving WWE).

GoldenJCJ
07-23-14, 01:01 PM
I thought the trailer was pretty entertaining despite knowing this is from Brett Ratner.
Oh shit. I had no idea this was directed by Brett Ratner. Any morbid curiosity I had for watching this has just completely drained away. If it continues to get good reviews maybe I'll catch it on cable some day.

mattysemo247
07-23-14, 01:33 PM
I had no idea The Rock made 52 million over the past year. He must be bringing in some pretty damn big paychecks.

bluetoast
07-23-14, 01:39 PM
If anybody cares, Kevin Sorbo was pissed that he wasn't asked to do a cameo.

Solid Snake
07-23-14, 01:44 PM
I had no idea The Rock made 52 million over the past year. He must be bringing in some pretty damn big paychecks.

I think he got the most money out of all the actors too. Think I heard that somewhere.

John Pannozzi
07-23-14, 03:41 PM
Alan Moore is calling for a boycott of this movie. Basically, it's based on a comic written by his life-long friend Steve Moore (no relation), who recently passed away. Steve and his estate have not gotten any money from this movie, and his name is being used in promotional materials despite being contractually promised otherwise.

More info here (http://www.bleedingcool.com/2014/07/17/alan-moore-calls-for-boycott-of-wretched-film-hercules-on-behalf-of-friend-steve-moore/) and here (http://www.bleedingcool.com/2014/07/20/dave-elliott-alan-moore-steve-moore-and-hercules/).

Ash Ketchum
07-23-14, 03:47 PM
I've only got patience for two more summer releases: LUCY and EXPENDABLES III. Herc can wait till cable.

hanshotfirst1138
07-23-14, 04:31 PM
Late night cable is where Brett Ratner belongs ;).

Why So Blu?
07-23-14, 04:50 PM
I think he got the most money out of all the actors too. Think I heard that somewhere.

No, RDJ did.

My Other Self
07-23-14, 05:11 PM
I think he got the most money out of all the actors too. Think I heard that somewhere.The Rock was at #23.

robin2099
07-23-14, 05:18 PM
If anybody cares, Kevin Sorbo was pissed that he wasn't asked to do a cameo.

I'm actually kinda pissed too. It would of been fun to see him in this for a cameo.

Chadm
07-25-14, 01:04 AM
Wow NOBODY is talking about this movie. I was checking out movies to see tonight and was shocked to find that this is opening tonight. The Rock should probably stick too sure thing franchises like Fast & The Furious and G.I Joe, where if they fail its not his fault and if they're successful he's seen as a bankable movie star. I don't know how so many studios fail to realize that if the Rock isn't part of an established franchise or part of an ensemble, he can't open a big starring vehicle on his own. He never has.

Then again thats not entirely on him, since not many actors can open a starring vehicle movie these days. But still, I forsee a grave future for this Hercules flick.

fumanstan
07-25-14, 01:10 AM
The early reviews actually seem somewhat positive on RT.

Artman
07-25-14, 01:27 AM
It is disappointing that The Rock's on the set photos were far more interesting than the final marketing material... it looks like a fun movie...but I really hoped for more from this one...

N2DVD
07-25-14, 06:44 AM
We're seeing Herc this weekend instead of Lucy. Sounds like Lucy is a loser.

Brack
07-25-14, 10:46 AM
<iframe width="420" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/PxYQQoYfMtQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

RichC2
07-25-14, 10:53 AM
We're seeing Herc this weekend instead of Lucy. Sounds like Lucy is a loser.

They sound to be about even based on reviews.

Spiderbite
07-25-14, 08:32 PM
My kid wants to see this so I am thinking about taking him this weekend. Is the 3D a conversion or was it filmed in 3D?

Why So Blu?
07-25-14, 08:42 PM
<iframe width="420" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/PxYQQoYfMtQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

:lol:

d2cheer
07-26-14, 09:42 AM
25-30 Million this weekend. That is about 10 mil more than I thought it would make. The Rocks drawing power seems to be growing.

boredsilly
07-26-14, 11:07 AM
25-30 Million this weekend. That is about 10 mil more than I thought it would make. The Rocks drawing power seems to be growing.

I was scared for Rock that this movie was going to bomb. It's not setting the world on fire, but at least Herc isn't going to be a laughing stock. I do wonder when, if ever, Rock is going to get his own from the ground up Franchise to run with. He seems so primed for that.

bluetoast
07-26-14, 01:13 PM
Not sure about franchise but San Andreas is his next big starring role next year, plus he's got a few new shows coming and a new book, so he's on the way up for sure. Check out the THR cover story on him where he talks about getting new representation after Tooth Fairy and turned his career around:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/drive-despair-rock-dwayne-johnson-712689

Dr. DVD
07-26-14, 08:38 PM
Saw it this afternoon. Not great, but more entertaining than Lucy and a lot more fun. Can't deny Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's matinee idol screen presence. Glad this isn't a total loss and will most likely help his drawing power. Trust me, people who did go, went because of him .

Brent L
07-26-14, 11:45 PM
I saw this earlier tonight and I enjoyed it a great deal. I had NO clue this was based on any sort of comic book. I wont even say a single thing withing tagging it since it would all be huge spoilers...

I enjoyed it a lot, it was a perfectly fine mindless summer popcorn action flick. However, I have a word of warning - the trailer for it is one of the most deceptive trailers of all time. In the trailers that you have seen, it shows all of these great mythical beasts that Hercules takes on and fights as part of his twelve labors. The entire trailer is based on those scenes and other magical and mythical events from the Hercules mythology. In the actual flick, all of that is in the first few minutes and moments of the movie. His nephew is telling bad guys the "legend" of Hercules to intimidate them. In the movie Hercules isn't any sort of magical figure, he isn't the son of Zeus. He is just a guy with a team of warriors that assists him to create the image of his myth and legend. None of the mythical creatures actually exists in this world, none of them.

The heart of the movie is Hercules, the man, taking on other armies and other warriors, nothing mystical or anything. The trailer totally misrepresents what the movie is about in every single way. Not not only in terms of plot, but they blatantly added special effects to shots in the trailer that aren't in the film. The glowing eyes of the enemies to make them look supernatural, not in the film. The glowing flame whip in the trailer, a normal non-glowing whip in the film.

Now if you know the source material you already know this, but I'm going to assume this is going to be a shock to most people. Again, I really enjoyed the movie once it was revealed and I "accepted" what it was actually about, but it was a pretty big shock and a twist to me.

I would absolutely go see a sequel to this flick too. It's also the first movie of The Rock where he didn't totally take me out of it. Even when I have liked some of his other movies I usually ONLY see him as the wrestler, but in this one I actually bought him as something totally different for most of the movie.

Oh, and I really liked the 3D in this one. There were a number of great pop out moments, and a lot of scenes with some nice depth.

Spiderbite
07-27-14, 02:29 PM
I saw this earlier tonight and I enjoyed it a great deal. I had NO clue this was based on any sort of comic book. I wont even say a single thing withing tagging it since it would all be huge spoilers...

I enjoyed it a lot, it was a perfectly fine mindless summer popcorn action flick. However, I have a word of warning - the trailer for it is one of the most deceptive trailers of all time. In the trailers that you have seen, it shows all of these great mythical beasts that Hercules takes on and fights as part of his twelve labors. The entire trailer is based on those scenes and other magical and mythical events from the Hercules mythology. In the actual flick, all of that is in the first few minutes and moments of the movie. His nephew is telling bad guys the "legend" of Hercules to intimidate them. In the movie Hercules isn't any sort of magical figure, he isn't the son of Zeus. He is just a guy with a team of warriors that assists him to create the image of his myth and legend. None of the mythical creatures actually exists in this world, none of them.

The heart of the movie is Hercules, the man, taking on other armies and other warriors, nothing mystical or anything. The trailer totally misrepresents what the movie is about in every single way. Not not only in terms of plot, but they blatantly added special effects to shots in the trailer that aren't in the film. The glowing eyes of the enemies to make them look supernatural, not in the film. The glowing flame whip in the trailer, a normal non-glowing whip in the film.

Now if you know the source material you already know this, but I'm going to assume this is going to be a shock to most people. Again, I really enjoyed the movie once it was revealed and I "accepted" what it was actually about, but it was a pretty big shock and a twist to me.

I would absolutely go see a sequel to this flick too. It's also the first movie of The Rock where he didn't totally take me out of it. Even when I have liked some of his other movies I usually ONLY see him as the wrestler, but in this one I actually bought him as something totally different for most of the movie.

Oh, and I really liked the 3D in this one. There were a number of great pop out moments, and a lot of scenes with some nice depth.

Just got back from seeing this in IMAX 3D with my 10 year old son. We both really enjoyed. Trust me, I was very surprised and was not expecting much. This movie is a lot of fun and not what I was expecting.

In regards to your spoilers, I totally agree with the above. The trailer is so misleading it is ridiculous. Luckily I really enjoyed this "grounded" story of Hercules instead of it just being another Clash Of The Titans rehash. This twist is what really made the movie for me.

I will say that while the action/battle sequences are enjoyable, if you have seen Braveheart and Gladiator, then you will see nothing new here. That was the only drawback that I had. But my kid loved it. He hasn't seen those movies so everything was new to him. There is little bloodshed but the battles are pretty darn violent for a PG-13 movie. This could have been a really good R rated movie but I get why they made it PG-13.

The Rock was decent in this. He still isn't a good actor but this role for him reminded me of Arnold in Conan The Barbarian. Not the greatest actors but both of them have a certain presence.

And I also agree that a sequel for this movie would be cool. They left it open and his band of companions were interesting and entertaining without being obnoxious or idiotic (which reminded me of Thor's group of companions). Unfortunately, the most interesting of the group bites it which would be a little disappointing with him missing from a potential sequel.

My rating: an entertaining **** out of ***** stars.

I may be a little generous with my rating but I guess the surprise enjoyment of it put me in a good mood. :)

Brent L
07-27-14, 04:36 PM
I was also shocked at the...

f-bomb

I just, I dunno, I didn't expect it and I laughed out loud at it, haha.

Iron_Giant
07-28-14, 02:19 PM
4 of us went to see the movie and we all had a great time.

My wife 100% loved it. She said we need to buy it when it comes out on BR, I think she is in love with The Rock.

fumanstan
07-28-14, 02:38 PM
Damn it, should have seen this instead of Lucy. Heard good things from another friend as well that it's just an overall fun movie.

RocShemp
07-28-14, 05:47 PM
I saw this earlier tonight and I enjoyed it a great deal. I had NO clue this was based on any sort of comic book. I wont even say a single thing withing tagging it since it would all be huge spoilers...

I enjoyed it a lot, it was a perfectly fine mindless summer popcorn action flick. However, I have a word of warning - the trailer for it is one of the most deceptive trailers of all time. In the trailers that you have seen, it shows all of these great mythical beasts that Hercules takes on and fights as part of his twelve labors. The entire trailer is based on those scenes and other magical and mythical events from the Hercules mythology. In the actual flick, all of that is in the first few minutes and moments of the movie. His nephew is telling bad guys the "legend" of Hercules to intimidate them. In the movie Hercules isn't any sort of magical figure, he isn't the son of Zeus. He is just a guy with a team of warriors that assists him to create the image of his myth and legend. None of the mythical creatures actually exists in this world, none of them.

The heart of the movie is Hercules, the man, taking on other armies and other warriors, nothing mystical or anything. The trailer totally misrepresents what the movie is about in every single way. Not not only in terms of plot, but they blatantly added special effects to shots in the trailer that aren't in the film. The glowing eyes of the enemies to make them look supernatural, not in the film. The glowing flame whip in the trailer, a normal non-glowing whip in the film.

Now if you know the source material you already know this, but I'm going to assume this is going to be a shock to most people. Again, I really enjoyed the movie once it was revealed and I "accepted" what it was actually about, but it was a pretty big shock and a twist to me.

I would absolutely go see a sequel to this flick too. It's also the first movie of The Rock where he didn't totally take me out of it. Even when I have liked some of his other movies I usually ONLY see him as the wrestler, but in this one I actually bought him as something totally different for most of the movie.

Oh, and I really liked the 3D in this one. There were a number of great pop out moments, and a lot of scenes with some nice depth.

Wow. That sounds infinitely more interesting than what the trailers made it seem.

hanshotfirst1138
07-28-14, 06:05 PM
I know it's wrong to prejudge anything, but I must admit that with Ratner and the Rock, it's not hard to guess what kind of film this'll be. I'll just get the Blu Ray, since that's probably where this kind of thing will be most naturally at home.

Goldberg74
07-28-14, 09:24 PM
Saw a matinee with my wife and a few friends. In short, we loved it for what it was, a big-summer-popcorn-flick.

I liked...
The human element of the story
Tydeus... he was the most interesting of the warriors
The effects that brought the mythological things to reality (i.e. the centaurs actually being horsemen on the hill in the sunset, the Hydra being the helmets of the enemy, and Cerebus being the three wolves, etc.)
Amphiaraus (Ian McShane) as the narrator


Things I hated...
that f-bomb that dropped out of nowhere
Joseph Fiennes as King Eurystheus ... he was too, what's the word... Voldemorty?
the notch on the lion-headed shields kept switching from the left to the right and back as they cut from scene to scene during the battle with Rhesus (continuity errors are my biggest pet-peeve)
The death of Tydeus, the most interesting of the warriors
The pour green-screen effects during the scene when the barbarian was charging at Lord Cotys and was plowed over by the chariot


... anyways, I did enjoy the movie as a whole and was pleasantly surprised when the movie finally found it's heart with about 20 minutes left.

I won't be getting the BD when it comes out, but it was worth the $6 to see once.

I'll give it <img src="http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/images/3.gif"> stars.

Why So Blu?
10-27-14, 12:04 AM
Saw this tonight and am sort of glad I didn't see the PG-13 cut, because this version had plenty of brutal hits, some blood, and a wee bit of profanity. It was a lot of fun and kudos to the marketing department and to whoever cut the trailer, because they was foolin' y'all! It was one big stinking flourish, that actually worked. I liked that.

I liked Hercules' band of misfit warriors, too. It was a very fun flick.

Osiris3657
12-04-14, 10:50 PM
Well, that was bad, but could have been worse. The first thing that stood out was how terrible the CGI was for a big budget movie. Can't the studio afford to hire WETA or something?

Dialogue and story were also C grade at best. Only good things I can say is Johnson makes a good Hercules, the warrior chick was pretty cute (but a rip off of Legolas. Some of her moves were ripped straight from the LOTR trilogy). It was also cool seeing Rufus Sewell, Ian McShane, and Joseph Fiennes...like all those actors.

Still, a decent cast and ok action scenes can't overcome awful CGI and an amateur script.