2014 was the year of Hercules for Hollywood with the release of two movies featuring the character. Hercules, released by Paramount Pictures with MGM was based off of the Graphic novel, “Hercules: The Thracian Wars” and did it justice in the retelling of the story.
The movie stars Dwayne Johnson in the title role, supported by Ian McShane, Reece Ritchie, and Ingrid Bolso Berdel. Released last July, the DVD publication has been sent to stores just in time for Christmas.
The Hercules in this story is a mere mortal and mercenary, whose great strength comes from within. The movie is flooded with reference to mythology as most of the characters are drawn from there. One to note is Berdel’s Atalanta, an Amazon whose skill with the recurve bow and arrow is a force in itself. The scenes where she impressively pulls back on the recurve bow shows how much hard work and study went into her taking on this character. With www.fastflightarchery.com not even around yet, I’m hardly sure how they managed to get such great skill and products!
Being a tale revolving around mercenaries, you can imagine that there are quite the few fight scenes and plot twists. Without giving anything away, watch for the hero to be torn between which is the right side to be fighting on.
If you are thinking about a DVD for someone on your holiday gift list, this one is only right for the guy who likes a lot of action without much of a story line. It is a bit annoying that they changed the story behind Hercules, considering that has been a story shared for thousands of years. But if you don’t care much about staying true to mythology, then this won’t bother you.
Berdel was not the only one who put herself through a grueling training to learn how to shoot the recurve bow. Johnson trained for 8 months, locking himself away in Budapest to get his body in shape. Still, he admits that it was well worth it.
In theaters the movie did better than expected, grossing close to $30 million. Not surprisingly, the majority of the audience was male. Which is exactly what you should consider if buying this DVD as a gift.
When reviewed most admitted to being pleasantly surprised, both with the story telling and the action. This is a hard feat for any action movie to accomplish, especially when not headlining a major Hollywood star.
I’d add this to my collection, just for those sexy recurve bow scenes. Consider adding it to yours too, or at least to a guy you know who appreciates great action in a movie.