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The Legend of Hercules

The Legend of Hercules
Starring:
Kellan Lutz, Liam McIntyre, Scott Adkins, Gala Weiss, Roxanne McKee, Liam Garrigan and Johnathon Schaech


Rated: PG-13 for bloody battle scenes.
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: January 10, 2014 Released by: Summit Entertainment

Director Renny Harlin's new 3-D Greek drama has men with muscles and swords fighting to the death in digitally enhanced battle scenes.
 
Kellan Lutz (Twilight) stars as Hercules, son of Zeus and his mortal mother, the Queen.  He's hated by his evil step father, King Amphitryon (Scott Adkins) and his half brother, heir to the throne, is betrothed to Hercules' love, the Princess of Crete (played by Gaia Weiss, who looks like she's unsure of her lines most of the time).
 
Hercules is sold as a slave and along with a fellow warrior (Liam Mcintyre) he fights for his life in battles set up by the man who bought him.  He has to win to get back to his love before she marries and save his Kingdom from the tyrannical King.   A large order to fill, but he is half human, half god after all.
 
Lutz could use some acting lessons, but with his blond highlights and buff body, he fits the part.  
 
The 3-D is used to showcase swords or arrows flying across the screen, or the occasional body that seems to jump off the screen.  The Legend Of Hercules is no better or worse than many of its predecessors of the same ilk.  
 

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