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Times of India
This is the story about the origin of Hercules, his fight against various enemies and how he eventually embraces his true identity to fulfill his divine destiny - to bring peace to his people.
Queen Alcmene (McKee), the estranged wife of King Amphitryon (Adkins), is visited by the goddess Hera. Hera tells Alcmene that according to divine prophecy, the latter will be the mother of Zeus's son, Hercules. Accordingly, after Alcmene is ravished by Zeus one night, their son is conceived.
Born as Alcides, Queen Alcmene shields her son's true identity for fear of the King finding out. As a buff young man, Alcides's life is not without drama. His brother Iphicles (Garrigan) is jealous of him and Amphitryon is suspicious of him. Later, Alcides's mother tells him that he is really Hercules. But Hercules is reluctant to accept his destiny as he is busy swooning over the charms of Hebe (Weiss). Hebe, however, has been promised to Hercules's brother Iphicles.
After being sent on a battle he cannot win, Hercules and commander Sotiris (McIntyre) are captured and the two get into a gladiator-type situation and fight for survival. What follows is Hercules's journey home to take the throne and be reunited with Hebe.
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Some of the romance dialogues border between being cringe-worthy and laughable. For a film about Greeks, you'll hear a range of accents, ranging from Scottish to Russian.
The script keeps up the cheesiness. Example: during an argument, Alcmene tells Amphitryon how Hercules was conceived: "Zeus came into my bed and blasted me with his seed to spawn a son to end your reign."
While some of the effects are alright, the Nemean lion that Hercules battles in one scene looks comical. Hercules, looking like a beefcake at a toga party, starts using his superpowers only towards the end of the film. Too little, too late.
For a movie with such an interesting subject, this one unfortunately doesn't make the grade.
Director Renny Harlin gave strict instructions to the male cast members to shave their chest and leg hair as the film was being shot in 3D and he felt that the hair would be prominent when shot with stereoscopic cameras.
Actor Kellan Lutz kept working out on his abs by doing crunches and pushes as he was shirtless in most parts of the film.