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The Legend of Hercules

2014-04-17 11:13
What it's about:

The origin story of the mythical Greek hero.

Betrayed by the King, who is his stepfather, 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. Through harrowing battles and gladiator arena death matches, Hercules embarks on a legendary odyssey to overthrow the King and restore peace to the land.

What the critics say:

It delivers what it promises, which is muscular guys in skimpy clothes fighting and howling, as well as some large-scale digitally enhanced battle sequences.
- A.O. Scott, New York Times

Other Hercules movies at least nodded at classical mythology. Harlin's boasts a Hercules in name chiefly and banks on moviegoers' ignorance.
- Martin Tsai, Los Angeles Times

You could ask for more -- an actual script, maybe? -- but Harlin covers most of the basics. Or, perhaps more accurately, he leaves them uncovered.
- Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice

The film opens on a huge battle in the Greek city of Argos, but it often ends up feeling like the director bought it cheap at the high street namesake.
- James White, SFX Magazine

Every man has a destiny.
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