‘The Legend of Hercules’ Final Trailer: Man, God, Hero

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Could the third time be the charm for The Legend of Hercules? The first of two competing films in 2014 to focus on the Greek divine hero has received yet another trailer a month ahead of its opening day, following in the wake of a clip released two weeks ago and the teaser unveiled for October’s New York Comic Con (back when the film was titled Hercules: The Legend Begins). By now, one might hope that a new promo would offer more reason to get excited, but this two-minute clip is just a lot more of the same.

That might not necessarily be a bad thing; maybe there’s a lot more footage to be seen that just hasn’t been used in marketing yet. That said, the sheer uniformity of each of these clips, and the pace at which they’re being released, doesn’t speak very well to what director Renny Harlin has cooked up here. That is, of course, to say nothing of the content that’s actually on display in all three bits, or the fact that The Legend of Hercules ultimately looks like a mashup of every sword-and-sandal production to hit theaters and premium TV channels in the last six years. 

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Speaking to narrative, the film reads like a fairly straightforward origin story: born of the god Zeus, but with no knowledge of his heritage, Hercules (Twilight‘s Kellan Lutz) must choose his destiny and decide between either running off with his true love, Princess Hebe (Gaia Weiss), or assuming the mantle of hero and overthrowing the tyrannical King Amphitryon (Scott Adkins). In between all of that, Hercules dukes it out in gladiatorial pits (a’la Spartacus and Ridley Scott’s Gladiator), all in glorious speed-ramping fashion (a’la Zack Snyder’s 300).

At a glance, there doesn’t look to be a creative, inventive bone in The Legend of Hercules‘ body. It’s impossible to judge a film based on a trailer, though, so no matter how derivative and uninspired Harlin’s efforts may appear, there’s always a chance that he’s cobbled together some worthy action schlock. It could be that the film ends up playing like Olympus Has Fallen, Millennium Films’ surprisingly effective action effort from earlier this year.

But little in the trailer suggests that The Legend of Hercules shares the same kind of tone and attitude as that movie, so maybe what we see is really what we’re going to get. Placed against both Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Hercules: The Thracian Wars and 300: Rise of an Empire, this looks like it’s going to be fighting an uphill battle all year long. We’ll see if it has what it takes come January.

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The Legend of Hercules arrives in US theaters January 10th, 2014.

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  1. WOW, this looks EPIC…ally bad… Seriously, anyone else think this looks like a really poorly made tv show?? The acting is pretty terrible, the CG is even worse. WOW, how did anyone think this is worth bringing to theaters?

    • +1

  2. I’m just gonna hold out for the movie with the Rock. But come to think of it, none of these fantasy films of 2014 look all that good. Seventh Son is probably gonna be mediocre but me gonna see it anyway probably. This Hercules movie looks crap. 300: Rise of an Empire, why is that being made? I just re watched 300 for like the 50th time and for one, it doesn’t need a sequel and the sequel just looks like a cheap rehash of the original. If Zack Snyder were directing I would be a more enthusiastic but almost all of these fantasy movies look turdish.

    • The sequel is only being made in the hopes of making money off of the other half of that story in which a senator/naval tactician tricked the people of Sparta into investing in the ports and naval fleet, subsequently providing Sparta with naval defenses for the Persian invasion.

    • 300 ended with a sequel set up right there, the 10,000.

  3. But more importantly, Marvel needs to jump on this Hercules train and make their own Hercules movie. Starring the Rock, lol.

    • There’s only one Hercules, he’s Arnold Schwartzenegger in New York City, if you can’t look that big, ripped and buff, you shouldn’t be Herc.

  4. why has there been 3 theatrical trailers for this movie in like a months time?

    • Because the movie sucks and they know it sucks so they’re over-advertising.

  5. This looks so terrible– in general anything based on greek/roman mythology is terrible– movies like this
    only work if they have an interesting and charismatic lead. This really doesn’t. I feel embarrassed and sorry for everybody involved.

    • Watch HBO’s Rome if you want to see a Roman based drama that isn’t terrible. In fact, it is probably one of the best tv shows ever. Too bad it ended prematurely…

  6. …..

  7. The hero looks a little too modern for my tastes. However, I will give this a watch on Netflix when available.

    • It is given man. That second sentence – totally superfluous.
      Everyone on screenrant knows that you watch movies exclusively on netflix. Lately it is starting to look like you only add the first line talking about the movie just not to come off as spam.

  8. This is terrible. Just wait for the proper Hercule, AKA The Rock.

  9. I have to agree with most folk’s here.It just looks BAD.It is like an old sour chewing gum we all chew decades ago, i mean the film tries to borrow elements from Gladiator,300 and Spartacus and it is not trying to conceal that :/
    Whats wrong with you Hollywood?

  10. I’ll just wait until Marvel makes a Hercules movie with Manu Bennett.

  11. ‘Clash of the Titans’ all over again. Using characters from greek mythology in a completely different context. Hercules was never a gladiator.

  12. Hercules: Blood and Sand

  13. LOL!!!!! the part where he falls back off the waterfall with the towel I thought (is this a shampoo commercial) lol. The action looked silly and the acting was really bad.

  14. Actually doesn’t look as horrible as I feared. Because of the lack of putting a wig on these dudes to be period accurate though, I will probably wait to rent it. Pet peeve.

  15. Hollywood needs to stop making this trash. Not much in 2014 is getting any of my money. Sad state of affairs. Can we just skip 2014 and get to 2015 like now, please?

  16. watch any episode of Spartacus, more fulfilling……..

  17. He is a man with the strength of a God, does he really need to fight with all those acrobatic moves? He should be able to rip the head of a bear, fish for a blue whale and basically be able to move mountains not shout and pull at chains linked to stones like it was the toughest thing in the world. Hulk makes this guy look like cheesecake.

    • In the Greek myth, Hercules actually took over for Atlas, holding up the Earth, for a while. This Hercules could barely rip apart a column.

  18. Did the Hercules character say any lines in the trailer. It looked like everyone ,but him spoke.

  19. This movie is gonna be depressing however im also skeptical on Brett Ratner’s Hercules cuz Brett Ratner is behind it (however the cast for that movie is enough to make me watch it) I will be pass on this one

  20. This looks like a great made for cable movie. Where will it be playing? HBO, Showtime? :-)

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