“Hercules”

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FRIDAY NIGHT MOVIE REVIEW: Last night I saw the movie “Hercules” which stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (Snitch, The Game Plan), Ian McShane (Hot Rod, Kung Fu Panda), John Hurt (Alien, Hellboy), Rufus Sewell (The Illusionist, The Holiday), Aksel Hennie (Uno, Headhunters), Ingrid Bolso Berdal (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Cold Prey), Reese Ritchie (Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, The Lovely Bones), and Joseph Fiennes (Enemy at the Gates, Shakespeare in Love). This movie is based on the story of Hercules (Johnson) who is the son of Zeus, but yet has a human mother. He has a legend that surrounds him in all of the land of all the monsters that he has faced and defeated and his skills are put to the test when the King of Thrace (Hurt) hires Hercules and his mercenaries to train a bunch of farmers and townsfolk to fight a ruthless army that is destroying nearby towns.

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I had low expectations watching this movie. When I first saw the trailer, it looked promising, but the critics slammed it with bad reviews, causing me to think less of it. The story turned out to be really good. I haven’t seen anything of Hercules before (yes, even the Disney cartoon) and this tale was very interesting. Of course the acting was done beautifully. The Rock never ceases to amaze me with his acting and I have watched him come a long way from his beginnings in WWE to now. His co-stars also did fantastically, especially Ian McShane who isn’t playing a bad guy role for once. It also was surprisingly funny in places throughout the film. Another pro would have to be the action scenes with the special effects that come with them. It all sets a good tone for this movie. I found only one con with this film. That con is that it felt too short. Not that I thought it was so good that I wish it didn’t end, but rather that it presented itself more of a short tale than a detailed epic. While watching it, time seemed to fly by and it felt like it may have been rushed in terms of story. I may just be used to really long movies. Overall this movie did fairly well and I recommend anyone to give it a chance! FINAL SCORE: 80%= Juicy Popcorn

Here is the trailer:

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