The Legend of Hercules

By: Kaela Lumbra

Theatrical release poster for The Legend of Hercules. (Paramount Pictures/MGM)

Theatrical release poster for The Legend of Hercules. (Paramount Pictures/MGM)

The new movie, The Legend of Hercules, released Jan. 10, tells the story of the mythical Greek hero Hercules, and stars Kellan Lutz (Hercules), Gaia Weiss (Hebe), Scott Adkins (King Amphitryon), and Roxanna McKee (Queen Alcmena). Each actor plays a key role in this story of love, betrayal and triumph.

Hercules, the mortal god and son of Zeus, is betrayed by his step father King Amphitryon. The King announces that Hebe, Hercules’ lover, will marry Iphicles, Hercules half brother. Hercules is sent to war, the king hoping that he will not return. Although the king has also arranged to have him killed, he does not know the strength and power Hercules has.

Set in ancient Greece, the movie is filled with action and violence from the many wars between kings and fights Hercules encounters before trying to return home to Hebe before she is married. There is never a dull moment in the film, with constant action keeping the viewers’ attention.

This new film is rated PG-13 for its violence. Director and writer Renny Harlin and writers Daniel Gial, Sean Hood and Giulio Steve do an amazing job of recreating this myth. Running 1 hour and 39 minutes, the film presents some amazing special effects such as Hercules’ use of lightning when fighting.

At other times, the movie scenes appeared fake and unrealistic. Scenes were presented too dramatically at some points, which drew the viewer’s attention away from the story.

The movie deserves four out of five stars, because it was well developed, though action and emotion are what make this movie all that it is.