I am skeptical of Brett Ratner movies. The man has an incredible capability of making the most boring heist movie (After the Sunset) and a weird Hong Kong Style action movie(Rush Hour with the sequel being an exception). If the above is not sufficient, think of "X-Men 3: The Last Stand". As Brett Ratner on how to massacre an excellent series. So when he directs a movie based on the Greek hero, I was sure of a disaster. There has been many Hercules in 2014. The Legend of Hercules was good enough for swallowing aspirins. Coming back to Brett Ratner and his installment, Dwayne Johnson lures us towards the movie. There is bound to be a certain element of entertainment in his films. Luckily for us, Brett Ratner gets it right this time, engaging and entertaining us at the same time.
The movie is entertaining because of many reasons. Dwayne Johnson is right for action roles, and the title role is safe with him given his physique. The movie is based on a graphic novel, "Hercules: The Thracian Wars" that means there is an acceptable plot. Then there is the supporting cast of Rufus Sewell as Autolycus, Ian McShane as Amphiaraus, Joseph Fiennes as King Eurystheus and John Hurt as Lord Cotys. If the British actors aren't enough, there is a horde of Norwegian artists. The movie treats Hercules as a man with extraordinary strength who lives a life of a mercenary with a band of trusted friends. They are invited to defend the kingdom of Thrace. In order to fight against Rhesus and his army, Hercules, and his friend has to make an army out of untrained men. There are plenty of battle scenes. Luckily for us, the emphasis is on showing savagery on screen. Instead, the director concentrates on stunning us visually showing us the formations the army adopts in order to defend itself. When the director Combines the above with some aerial shots, he can explain the extent of damage and also provide clarity on what the protagonists are doing to defend themselves.
There is no point talking about acting in an action movie. There are plenty of one-liners, some of them evokes genuine laughter. The movie is a visual treat for an action junkie. So if you like action, go for it. If you do not believe in gods and demigods, the director's perspective will provide amusement for you.