Hercules (2014) Film Review

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You know Hercules, Ancient Greek legend, son of Zeus, he did these twelve near impossible labours and was just pretty awesome? So, what if it went a little differently – like that Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) was not actually the son of Zeus, but let everyone believe it to raise the price of his services? (Although he’s also still a good guy, don’t get that side of things wrong. Noble as.) What’s more, he didn’t complete the twelve labours alone – he had the top fighter and seer Amphiaraus (Ian McShane), his mate from school Autolycus (Rufus Sewell) , a slightly nuts feisty thing, Tydeus (Aksel Hennie), Atalanta (Ingrid Bolso Berdal) the Amazon warrior and his nephew Iolaus (Reece Ritchie) who is the storyteller who creates the legend. Then what happens if he gets hired to help Lord Cotys (John Hurt) to teach his men to protect themselves, and Cotys has a daughter and grandson, but nothing is what he expects?

Of course I loved this. It’s a fairly decent twist on Hercules, it has Dwayne Johnson in it, and I love him, and the rest of the cast is pretty tops too. There’s humour, violence and some fabulous slow mo action. Oh, and I’d recommend paying attention during the cool animated closing credits – you get to see how the twelve labours were completed by the team working together.

 

 

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) Film Review

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I think we all know who Abraham Lincoln is, yes? One of the most famous presidents of the United States of America? Well, did you know that he was also a vampire hunter? This historically accurate drama shows how Lincoln came across the existence of vampires but was taught to kill them using a variety of techniques. But as his life continues, he discovers that his life can be more valuable in politics and the pursuit of freedom of slaves.

Ok, clearly not a historical document. But whoever came up with the hilarious idea of combining one of the great historical figures with vampires is a genius in my mind. This could have been a schlock horror disaster like Sharknado but someone actually bothered to write a script – and something fairly decent. Plus there is an awesome scene with an old-school train and a whole heap of fire – on par, I’d say, with the cool old train sequence from Back to the Future 3.

If the sight of this title makes you angry, don’t watch it. It’s exactly what it says on the box. And good.