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Hercules

Hercules
Starring:
Dwayne Johnson


Rated: PG-13 for epic battle sequences, violence, suggestive comments, brief strong language and partial nudity.
Reviewed by: Dave  
Release date: July 25, 2014 Released by: Paramount Pictures Corporation

It appears director Brett Ratner was somehow compelled to make another superhero film, his last being X-Men: The Last Stand in 2006. Since no viable 'superheroes' were available, he simply created a brand new one. We now introduce 21st Century Demigod 'Hercules - The Thracian Superman'.
 
Apparently, the 35 + film and television adaptations of Hercules already in existence weren't enough. We needed the Ratner re-interpretation. Unfortunately, we get nothing more than a live-action cartoon featuring an array of lifeless cardboard characters.
 
Pop culture classics Hercules (1957) featuring Steve Reeves, and follow-up, Hercules Unchained (1959), are both superior in every way. They also include the nostalgic heart and soul of a bygone era. In comparison, Ratner's version is lots of special effects and cheesy dialogue pretending to be movie.
 

'Hercules' joins  Pain and Gain (2013), and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012) on the all-time list of Dwayne Johnson's worst films.  At least The Three Stooges Meet Hercules (1962) didn't take itself seriously.

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