Hercules: Review

After completing the 12 labours, as set out for him by the gods, Greek demi-god Hercules is now a sword-for-hire. Hercules and his team of warriors are tested, when the King of Thrace, and his daughter seek their aide against a tyrannical warlord.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, in the title role of Hercules, excels. He has a massive screen presence, not just in his physicality, but in the fact that he has the acting talent to back this up. His casting as Hercules is spot-on, and coupled with some dry comedic timing, and the fact that he is in his element, hints at the joy he must have experienced playing this role.

Most viewers would by now have at least some knowledge about the legend of Hercules, and so, instead of revisiting this age old story, a new twist is added. Almost a ‘side mission’ to the legend we all know, we are taken on new journey of Hercules, and are not privy to the plot twists and turns, that will keep viewers guessing.

Hercules is a well acted, well cast, and well directed story, and while it is an action movie, it will appeal to a broader audience than just those who see the thrill of a battle of warriors.

An enjoyable afternoon of action, with a stunning battles, and magnificent set pieces, Hercules opens 8 August 2014 in South Africa.

By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers.

Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry.

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