Film: The Legend of Hercules
Cast: Kellan Lutz, Gaia Weiss
Directed by: Renny Harlin
Duration: 1 hr 39 mins
The Legend of Hercules aka How-not-to-blow-up-70-million-dollars is the most spectacularly dull film made in recent times. Directed by Renny Harlin (Die hard II, Cliffhanger) the film is morose, poorly acted and has absolutely nothing new to offer.
It chronicles the birth of Alcides after his mother had a not so casual visit from Zeus. Years later, Alcides becomes a brave young man who romances Hebe, the girl also attracts his brother Iphicles’ attention. Alcides also fights with a lion and slays him, that scene in fact reminded me of the action in Chota Bheem on television.
His brother is jealous of him as his father (Amphitryon not Zeus) sends him to fight a war and you need not be bothered with the rest. Neither the action nor the narrative holds any interest, it is all a case of been there seen that.
There is another Hercules film in the offing this year (The Thracian Wars) but hopefully the worse in behind us. The Legend of Hercules is one of those films where if you sleep through for most parts, you won’t miss much. The good thing is, it offers considerable hope to insomniacs.
(Published in The Navhind Times on 19th Jan 2014)