The Legend of Hercules (2014) Kellan Lutz, Gaia Weiss, Scott Adkins, Roxanne McKee Movie Review

The Legend of Hercules (2014)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Kellan Lutz in The Legend of Hercules (2014)

Certainly Not Legendary

Ancient Greece 1200 B.C., and the queen succumbs to the lust of Zeus resulting in a son promised to overthrow the tyrannical rule of the king and in doing so bringing peace back to a land in hardship. But this young prince, Hercules, knows not of who he really is, who his real father is and what his destiny is. He only desire is the love of Hebe, Princess of Crete, but she has been promised to his own brother. When Hercules discovers his greater purpose, he must choose: to flee with Hebe or to fulfil his destiny and become a hero.

The first time I watched one these CGI enhanced fantasy action movies two things happened; briefly I was impressed but that quickly turned to boredom. The reason why is that it quickly became apparent that these movies were not about the stories or the acting but about creating high definition action scenes with computer embellishing them to be more visually stunning. And these would then be shot in slow motion so every drop of water from a splash to ever bead of sweat flying through the air could be seen. But high definition fantasy is not my thing when it doesn't have anything noteworthy to back it up.

That brings me to "The Legend of Hercules" which tells the story of how Hercules came to be and features some famous faces such as Johnathon Schaech, Kenneth Cranham, Scott Adkins and of course Kellan Lutz in the title role. Now maybe seeing Lutz with his shirt off will entertain some, in fact there is a lot of male flesh on show so if that is your sort of thing maybe it will float your boat. But with the focus on the movie being the look and making Kellan Lutz come across as a hunky hero the storyline comes right down the pecking order and that makes it a tedious experience.

What this all boils down to is that "The Legend of Hercules" might entertain 12 year old boys who thing CGI enhanced action is great, and it might float some older audience's boats with the amount of ripped male flesh on show but for anyone else it is a vacuous experience.