Thursday, July 24, 2014


Sword and Sandal

Before he was a legend, he was a man.
Fourteen hundred years BCE, a tormented soul walked the earth that was neither man nor god. Hercules was the powerful son of the god king Zeus, for this he received nothing but suffering his entire life. After twelve arduous labors and the loss of his family, this dark, world-weary soul turned his back on the gods finding his only solace in bloody battle. Over the years he warmed to the company of six similar souls, their only bond being their love of fighting and presence of death. These men and women never question where they go to fight or why or whom, just how much they will be paid. Now the King of Thrace has hired these mercenaries to train his men to become the greatest army of all time. It is time for this bunch of lost souls to finally have their eyes opened to how far they have fallen when they must train an army to become as ruthless and bloodthirsty as their reputation has become. Written by Radical Comics

By Rick - I have just gotten back from the sneak preview of HERCULES 2014.  I enjoyed this movie. It is pretty much a perfect summer film. This version of Hercules is based on the Radical Comics character from 2008-2009. Do not expect a Hercules you have seen before. This character is more of a barbarian style fighter. It never is clear if Hercules is a demigod or not. What is clear is that he is a mercenary that has created a legend around himself. He is a troubled soul that is running from the memory of the loss of his family. He is a sale sword that has surrounded himself with other brothers in arms. All who are broken in some way but have found comradeship and healing in this family unit.

This is a good sword and sandal flick. It reminded me of the Steve Reeves Hercules movies I used to watch with my dad back in the day. If you are a fan of this style of movie check this out and have a good time. See it in 3D HERCULES was the best 3D since Pompeii. 

Directed by Brett Ratner
Dwayne Johnson is Hercules  
John Hurt is Lord Cotys

By Tony -Back home, sitting down to put fingers to keys to let our faithful know about the new Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's Hercules movie. This was not the telling of the mythical demi-god that most will be expecting. We were spared the long telling of his youth and the known twelve challenges he was tasked to do. Radical Comics spins a Conan The Barbarian tale of the mighty son of Zeus. They even going as far as, what looks to me like, giving Hercules a similar weapon as the one used by Conan. 
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The film turned out to be a feel good, believe in yourself, overcoming your guilt movie.  The pep talks throughout the movie reminded me of my high school coaches. Their speeches told us that we could defeat any opposition that we faced. All through sheer will power. There were no bolts of lightning that charged our hero Hercules. Which left you wondering if he was even a demigod all. Instead, you are led to believe that a man could strengthen himself to the point where he can commit superhuman feats. He merely need believe the legend of his own deeds, then he can become the demi-god

I felt like I was watching the same cookie cutter plot from today's action movies. Films like "The Losers," and "The Expendables" franchise but, with a bit more story telling. This could be the feel good movie of the summer if enough of "The Rocks" fans go support his latest endeavor. Not bad for a kid from Miami. Watch this film in 3D as it was enjoyable and easy on the eyes.

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