Hercules: The Legend Begins Trailer Is Zack Snyder's 300 With Better Locations

By Nick Venable 2013-11-26 23:55:41discussion comments
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Though his career is spottier than a leopard with chicken pox, Iíd easily argue that Renny Harlin is a better director than fanboy dreamcrusher Zack Snyder. Iíd take Die Hard 2 over Man of Steel any day. But Iím pretty sure Harlin needs to get his checkbook out and write a big fat one to Snyder for ripping off the central aesthetic and overall feel of 2006ís 300. At least, thatís how the trailer for Harlinís Hercules: The Legend Begins makes the film look. And let me tell you something right now: Kellen Lutz is no Gerard Butler. I mean, sure heís better in a romantic role, but not as one of the toughest badasses in fiction.

Now that weíve got those initial thoughts out of the way, can I go on the shame-filled record to say that Iím actually quite interested in seeing this, and it probably has a lot to do with the 300 similarities. After a year of seeing multiple takeovers of the White House and different battles between humans and creatures, Iím rather looking forward to a movie where muscular men just beat the shit out of one another. If it all has to tie into a truncated origin story of Hercules, so be it.

Lutz stars as the titular half-god, son of Zeus, who is destined to overthrow the harsh rule of King Amphitryon (Scott Adkins) and restore peace to the land. All the future hero wants is the undying love of Hebe (Gaia Weiss), Princess of Crete, who is betrothed to his brother. But then he finds out what his life is meant for, and must choose between running away with the lady or battling the evil King and his army. Iím guessing you know which way he takes this.

The slow motion shots during the fights scenes are a little ridiculous, but Hercules has a far wider scope than 300, which never looks like a movie that wasnít filmed on green screens. Harlin uses his locations well, and the big battle scenes look like theyíll reach something that resembles exciting. And then thereís the lightning bolt sword, a weapon that should always be in every ancient heroís arsenal.

There is really one specific moment in this trailer that nails down exactly what kind of film this will be, and itís when a helmeted Lutz yells to his followers, "Tonight, we fight for our lives!" Not only is there a scene like this, but it incorporates one of the most boring rallying cries I can think of, and pales in comparison to Pacific Rimís "We are cancelling the apocalypse!"

Hitting theaters January 10, 2014, this will no doubt be a good enough popcorn movie to gets us over the Hercules-free hump until July, when Brett Ratnerís Hercules comes out. Dwayne Johnson, now thereís a hero for you.

In case you forgot what 300 looked like, hereís an even bigger reminder than the above trailer.


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