The Legend of Hercules (2014) Movie Review

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The Legend of Hercules (2014)

2014 | PG-13 | Action, Fantasy, Adventure
99 minutes / 1h 39min

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The Legend of Hercules Plot Synopsis:

In Ancient Greece 1200 B.C., a queen succumbs to the lust of Zeus to bear a son promised to overthrow the tyrannical rule of the king and restore peace to a land in hardship. But this prince, Hercules, knows nothing of his real identity or his destiny. He desires only one thing: the love of Hebe, Princess of Crete, who has been promised to his own brother. When Hercules learns of his greater purpose, he must choose: to flee with his true love or to fulfill his destiny and become the true hero of his time. The story behind one of the greatest myths is revealed in this action-packed epic - a tale of love, sacrifice and the strength of the human spirit.

The Legend of Hercules (2014) Review

I grew up watching Hercules and love it so I was looking forward to this movie. Disappointed - movie feels blah for me because my standards were high walking into the theater. The great part is that the movie is rated PG-13 and I will let my kids watch it because it only contains tons of violence and one short scene implying sexual content. If it did contain more then please do not blame me because I might have just nodded off for a moment or two. The Legend of Hercules (2014) has no blood/gore, no suspense, not so good acting and a whole lot of battling. The battling scenes involves swords, stabbing, bodies being impaled with things, brutal fighting moments, people being crushed amongst other things and of course beaten. I could not believe that director Renny Harlin (Devil’s Pass, 5 Days of War, The Covenant) made this movie fail with such a huge budget.

Hercules (Kellan Lutz - Java Heat, A Warrior’s Heart, A Nightmare on Elm Street) and Hebe (Gaia Weiss - Mary Queen of Scots, La nuit) are in love with each other and decided to run away together because Heba is set to wed Iphicles (Liam Garrigan - Small Dark Places, He Kills Coppers, New Blood) who is Hercules’ step brother. They tried to escape the castle, but there were too many soldiers and Hercules was captured. His stepfather King Amphitryon (Scott Adkins) sent him on a doomsday mission with some soldiers to face an entrapment in a cavern that is surrounded by skilled archers. The king sent Hercules away because he has made an arrangement and has ordered for him to be killed. The King wants his son and Hercules’ step brother to marry the love of Hercules’ life, Hebe.

Hercules, also known as Prince Alcides, is the secret son of Zeus. Hercules was born so that he can take the kingdom from King Amphitryon. Will Hercules succeed on what he was born to do? If you really want to know after all I have said then ask someone and do not waste your time to watch the movie.

I gave this movie a four because it strays away from the Hercules story I grew up with and love. It appeared to be more of a Gladiator movie than the myth it was suppose to be. Kellan Lutz was the best actor in this movie and saved it from receiving a two, but he did not act to the best of his abilities as the other movies I have seen. The CGI effects were also done well, but one good actor and the CGI effects cannot save a bad storyline. What a huge disappointment. Save your money and time from seeing The Legend of Hercules and go see HBO’s Game of Thrones or 300.


  • The Legend of Hercules Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 4
  • Overall Score: 2.85
  • IMDB: 4.2
  • MetaCritic: 2.2
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 0.3

About The Legend of Hercules 2014

Title: The Legend of Hercules
Year: 2014
Runtime: 99 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Adventure
Score: 2 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 1.43/5 stars from 49,482 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 49,482
MPAA Rating: PG-13
The Legend of Hercules Cast Starring: Spencer Wilding, Johnathon Schaech, Kellan Lutz, Rade Serbedzija, Scott Adkins, Kenneth Cranham, Vlado Mihailov, Elitsa Razheva, Kitodar Todorov, Dimiter Doichinov, Renny Harlin, Richard Alan Reid, Yavor Baharov, Radoslav Parvanov, Vladimir Kolev, Dimo Alexiev, Velislav Pavlov, Bashar Rahal, Richard Reid, Raicho Vasilev, Stefan Shterev, Borislav Iliev, Gaia Weiss, Roxanne McKee, Stefan Shopov, Liam Garrigan, Deana Stoyanova, Stefan Ovanov, Liam McIntyre, Mihail Georgiev
The Legend of Hercules Writers: Sean Hood, Daniel Giat, Renny Harlin
The Legend of Hercules Director: Renny Harlin
Box Office: $14,739,982
Production: Lionsgate Films
Language: English
Country: USA