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Sword-and-sandal action epic directed by Brett Ratner and starring Dwayne Johnson as the titular hero. After successfully completing the twelve labours set out for him by King Eurystheus as a means of atoning for previous sinful actions, Hercules is now a legendary mercenary in Greece. Using his reputation and strength to his advantage, he is able to overcome the most powerful of enemies. However, when he is asked by the Thracian King (John Hurt) and his daughter to defeat a particularly savage warlord, Hercules finds himself having to endure the most difficult task set for him yet.

Starring:
John Hurt, Dwayne Johnson
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D

Hercules (2014)

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 38 minutes
Starring John Hurt, Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan John Hurt, Rufus Sewell
Director Brett Ratner
Genres Historical
Studio Paramount International
Rental release 1 December 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 38 minutes
Starring John Hurt, Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan John Hurt, Rufus Sewell
Director Brett Ratner
Genres Historical
Studio PARAMOUNT
Rental release 1 December 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 38 minutes
Starring John Hurt, Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan John Hurt, Rufus Sewell
Director Brett Ratner
Genres Historical
Studio PARAMOUNT
Rental release 1 December 2014
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD
One of the most interesting thing about mythology is considering: what people or events might have inspired legends of gods, heroes and monsters?

That question seems to have inspired "Hercules," the second movie about the Grecian strongman in less than a year... and thankfully, it involves no bleached-haired "Twilight" actors. Instead, this simple and cheesy yet action-packed story depicts a "realistic" Hercules played by the charismatic Dwayne Johnson, who is one of the few men alive who actually LOOKS like Hercules.

In this movie, Hercules (Johnson) is the leader of a band of mercenaries -- including an Amazon warrior, a thief, a feral berserker and a seer who is waiting for his death to turn up -- who take on ridiculously difficult tasks. Hercules' nephew Iolaus (Reece Ritchie) works PR for them, spreading stories of how Hercules is supposedly the offspring of Zeus, explaining his ridiculously awesome strength. The reality is a bit more tragic, as indicated in flashbacks to his pre-merc days to a wife and children who have just two days until retirement.

Then Hercules is approached by Ergenia (Rebecca Ferguson), a Thracian princess whose dad Cotys (John Hurt) wants him to train his army to resist the warlord Rheseus (Tobias Santelmann). Hercules and his compatriots successfully fix up the rather pathetic army into a successful fighting force, and even lead them into battle... but soon Hercules begins to suspect that he and his followers have been tricked into being on the wrong side.

"Hercules" is a pure popcorn movie -- it has no pretensions of being deep or artistic, and while it's not a great movie, it's not a bad one either.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By movieman on 26 Sept. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
took my son to see Hercules not expecting much, and then the movie started... oh no the best bits from the trailer are all in the first 5 minutes of the film, so thinking 2 hours of my life wasted i sighed and watched what i thought would be a total waste of time..BUT as the film went on it turned into a damn good, action packed, escapist entertaining film, no oscar winner but a really enjoyable movie . slightly cut to get a 12 cert but still some darker moments, but once again Dwayne Johnson (the rock) proves he can still pull off a good family action movie,, left the cinema pleasantly surprised .. hopefully we will get the full extended version on bluray like the usa is getting but the way a few other releases have gone i somehow doubt it....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Dec. 2014
Format: DVD
Hercules (DVD).

DVD Info.
Format: PAL
Language: English
Region: 2
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 12
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Running Time: 98 minutes

Cast.
Dwayne Johnson as Hercules
Ian McShane as Amphiaraus the seer
John Hurt as Cotys, King of Thrace
Rufus Sewell as Autolycus the rogue
Aksel Hennie as Tydeus the wild child/barbarian
Ingrid Bolsø Berdal as Atalanta the archer
Reece Ritchie as Iolaus the storyteller
Joseph Fiennes as King Eurystheus
Tobias Santelmann as Rhesus
Peter Mullan as Sitacles
Rebecca Ferguson as Ergenia
Joe Anderson as Phineas
Steve Peacocke as Stephanos
Irina Shayk as Megara
Karolina Szymczak as Alcmene
Tamina Snuka
Barbara Palvin as Antimache
Caroline Boulton as Vixen

Box Office.
Budget: $100 million
Box office: $243.4 million

Trivia.
1)To prepare for the role, Dwayne Johnson took on a grueling training routine for eight months.
2)This film is based on the graphic novel "Hercules: The Thracian Wars".
3)The British theatrical version was pre-cut following advice from the BBFC to remove "bloody detail" in three scenes, in order to obtain a 12A rating. This version was also released on DVD/Blu-ray.

Plot Synopsis.
After successfully completing the twelve labours set out for him by King Eurystheus as a means of atoning for previous sinful actions, Hercules is now a legendary mercenary in Greece.

Using his reputation & strength to his advantage, he is able to overcome the most powerful of enemies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Morton on 23 Feb. 2015
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This was an interesting one - decent fun I thought, a likeable film that ticks a lot of the right boxes but isn't massively memorable after the fact.

They've gone for a slightly different approach to the Hercules legend here - the 12 Labours stuff is kind of dealt with in the pre credits sequence then they set about looking at the man/mercenary behind the myth. It's not exactly gritty realism though, more of a sword and sandals adventure.

It's a blend of many (admittedly superior) films such as Gladiator, Robin Hood, Seven Samurai, Ben Hur etc etc. Herc even rocks up the start with his own little superhero team like The Justice League or something (or Avengers, X-Men, whatever). They're a merry band of eclectic characters, each with their own special talent. They get plenty of chances to show these off as things roll along for a breezy 95 minutes with the odd plot twist and a suitable amount of bloody, inventive battle scenes.

Looming over it all is The Rock/Dwayne Johnson who's got the looks, the charisma and enough acting ability to carry films such as this. There's a certain sense of humour to proceedings as well and it all adds up to a popcorn flick which is amiable and enjoyable.
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