Opening Today: “Hercules” (7/25/2014)

Earlier this year we found a film devoted to the legendary Greek God Hercules that focused on his early years (“The Legend Of Hercules”) and while I didn’t see it, it looked interesting enough to sit and enjoy once it hits HBO or Netflix. Today, a second but non-related film entitled “Hercules” opens up and stars Dwayne Johnson (aka The Rock) in the lead role. Check out the poster below.

Poster - Hercules - 2014

The Premise: Having completed his legendary twelve labours, Greek demigod Hercules has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King Cotys of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord. The film was directed by Brett Ratner and comes care of Paramount Pictures. (care of the film’s Wiki entry).

My Thoughts: Based on the trailers this one looks to be more up my alley than the previous film and that is because they show Hercules to be brash, brazen and strong as all get out. There also appear to be quite a number of monsters and other mythical beasts for him to contend with and to be quite honest, this almost reminded me of the Marvel Comics depiction of the character. The downside for me is the scheduling so I will not likely see this on its opening day but perhaps a few weeks in unless the reviews are bad. I love the casting of The Rock and think he fits this task perfectly. Take a look at the rest of the cast below and let me know what you think in the comments. Will you be seeing this particular film?

The Cast:
Dwayne Johnson as Hercules
John Hurt as the Cotys, King of Thrace
Rufus Sewell as Autolycus
Ian McShane as Amphiaraus
Joseph Fiennes
Rebecca Ferguson as Ergenia
Aksel Hennie as Tydeus
Reece Ritchie as Iolaus
Steve Peacocke as Stephanos
Ingrid Bolsø Berdal as Atalanta
Peter Mullan
Irina Shayk as Megara
Joe Anderson
Tamina Snuka
Barbara Palvin as Antimache
Tobias Santelmann as Rhesus

I’ve pasted the links to the films official site where you can download images and see clips along with the official Wikipedia entry to learn more about the release. Just be warned that usually after a film opens that the Wiki link will feature spoilers quite prominently. I learned this the hard way during “Iron Man 3” and I was NOT happy. The least I could do is warn you about this.

Official Film Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hercules_%282014_film%29
Official Website: http://www.mightyhercules.com/

Since this is the first film to star Johnson as the mighty Greek God, I have only Hercules related items linked below that I think you will enjoy. I tried to span the realm for comics, toys and other video features. Wouldn’t it be cool to see a Marvel Comics film bringing this character to the ranks of one of their teams (hint, hint, he did lead “The Champions” after all).

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