First, we would like to thank Columbia Pictures PH for inviting us to the special screening of Hercules last night. It is the second Hercules film released this year, and the battle between Kellan Lutz and Dwayne Johnson is still on whether who played the legendary demigod better.
Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) and his group of mercenaries fights for the right amount of gold. With his status as a Greek demigod, he is feared by many so his group was recruited by Lord Cotys (John Hurt). Their mission is to end the civil war in the land of Trace while training farmers into skilled warriors. However, Lord Cotys have a bigger dark plan up ahead while manipulating Hercules and his crew.
Hercules is an easy to choice when it is compared to The Legend of Hercules released earlier this year. It has outstanding visuals filled with impressive battle sequences that can easily be appreciated in any angle. They made Hercules more human without the help of the Gods. It is a different take, but it is well crafted plus the addition of his mercenaries adds up some spice in it. The 3D effects was neat and sharp while avoiding to overdo the fight scenes. They manage to keep it brutal yet entertaining but why the hell is Hercules using a club instead of a sword.
Dwayne Johnson brings life and humor to Hercules. He plays the role pretty straight despite having a ridiculous hairstyle. He manages to bring some charm to his character and allows the other casts to shine along with him. With Ian Mcshane, John Hurt, Rufus Sewell and the incredible Norwegian actress Ingrid Bolsø Berdal giving up some needed lift, they all playfully delivers.
Overall, Hercules erased the foul taste left by Renny Harlin failed representation of the legendary demigod. It is an enjoyable Blockbuster film carried by Dwayne Johnson's charismatic personality. The entertainment level never losses its momentum, especially when Hercules and his mercenaries starts to roll and unleash hell against their enemies.
Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 8.5 out of 10 stars
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane, John Hurt
Directed By: Brett Rattner
Distributed by: United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures
Now Showing in cinemas nationwide in 3D,2D and IMAX 3D
"Hercules" has been rated R-13 by the MTRCB