Hercules is the "untold story behind the legend." After being pushed through twelve perilous labours, Hercules (Dwyane Johnson), the son of Zeus, and his six partners in battle, are hired by the King of Thrace (John Hurt) to train his local farmers into warriors. Once this is completed, the men, along with Hercules, make their way across the country with the intention of taking down a ruthless tyrannical warlord, but the battle they will face may not be their biggest challenge.
Hercules is the most clichéd ridden film of the year. The film's crisp, but excruciating 98 minute runtime allows the film to cram in the pinnacle amount of clichés. Literally everything in this movie has been recycled from a previous film or television show, and I mean everything. The dialogue, the cinematography, the scenarios and even the message of the film have been done before and done better. These clichés lead to predictability and predictability lead to boredom. Not only could I work out how everything played out, but I was also bored out of my mind whilst doing so.
The humour is forced, cheesy and rarely funny. Hercules follows in similar fashion to the Transformers movies when it comes to the comedy aspect. While it isn't as racist as the Transformers movies, it's just as unfunny and forced. The jokes are out of place, and while the actors laugh at them, we don't. Not all of the jokes failed to impress, but it was rare to find one that did. This film does, however, contain one of the most badass and hilarious uses of the f-word that I've seen all year, and it's going to be a tough one to top.
There's brief moments of decent action, but it's not enough to make up for the overall sloppiness of the film. Hercules is a Dwayne Johnson film, and you know what you're getting into when your watching one. Unfortunately, this is a lower quality film than the other action films The Rock brings us. Throughout the idiotic, over the top and unbelievably dumb action, there's sparks of fun. A battle towards the end of the second act, although prolonged, helms most of these moments.
The quality of the special effects varies throughout. One of my pet-hates when watching films is when the quality of special effects fails to be consistent for the entire runtime. Hercules is one of these films. There are moments, especially in the battles, when the special effects look real. I could believe them. Then there's other moments when the film looks unrealistically fake. An example of this is baby Hercules grabbing hold of two dead snakes, not even Hercules looked like he belonged in this shot.
To sum up, Hercules is an uneven, cliché ridden, unfunny and forced film with a crisp, but excruciating runtime and special effects with a varying quality. There's brief moments of fun, but they come on rare occasions.