Running Time: 1 hour 39 minutes
In the most recent take on the iconic Greek hero, The Legend of Hercules tells us the origins of the titular demi-god. Bloodthirsty King Amphitryon (Scott Adkins) has become a plague in Greece with his unending appetite for conquest spreading destruction across the land. His wife Queen Alcmene (Roxanna McKee) hates the man that he has become and prays to the Gods to send a savior to Greece to end his reign. The Goddess Hera offers her an answer to her prayers if she will consent to bear the child of Zeus. When the child is born, Amphitryon believes that he is the fruit of Alcmene’s infidelity and declares that he will always be subject to his older brother, Iphicles (Liam Garrigan). When Hercules (Kellan Lutz) and Iphicles fall for the same princess of Troy (Gaia Weiss), Amphitryon exiles Hercules to Egypt and arranges for him to be killed in an ambush. Hercules survives the ambush but is sold into slavery to fight as a gladiator where he must win to earn his freedom and make his way back to Greece before Iphicles can marry his beloved Princess Hebe.
There were a few bright spots in The Legend of Hercules, namely Adkins, McKee, Weiss and the beautiful use of 3-D. The opening scene of the film is a headlong assault on a Greek city from a first person perspective with spears and arrows flying right at you. It is exhilarating, but the rest of the film struggles to recapture that rush of adrenaline. The film appears to exist as a star-making vehicle for Kellan Lutz, but the story is a sloppy mess with elements pulled from other, better movies. Lutz is forced to spend too much time earnestly gazing into the camera and striking heroic, bare-chested poses. He is a physical specimen who looks at home during the action scenes but is woefully out of his depth when anything more emotionally substantial is required of him. It is far too soon to pass judgement on Lutz, but this movie is far from legendary. C-