January Movie Preview: Jack Ryan, Hercules And Frankenstein Come Out To Play
The Legend of HerculesAs the first of two films involving the mythical hero Hercules, this is the one that looks like Zack Snyder’s 300 and doesn’t star Dwayne Johnson. The Legend of Hercules is something of an origin story and will follow our musclebound lead as he is sold into slavery by his evil stepfather, the King, as a punishment for falling in love with someone he shouldn’t have. And as you can imagine, he will have to kick a lot of ass in slow motion in order to save himself. One really doesn’t need to say anything more than "It’s a Renny Harlin movie," to tell audiences exactly what to expect from this one.
Director: Renny Harlin
Stars: Kellan Lutz, Gaia Weiss, Scott Adkins
Release Date: January 10
Lone SurvivorBased on the 2007 military memoir by Marcus Luttrell, Lone Survivor is the true story of four Navy SEALs ambushed by al-Qaeda forces while on a covert mission to take out a high ranking enemy leader. A story that stresses both the mental and physical strengths of humans in danger, this will undoubtedly be the movie that veterans and on-duty military men will be quoting for the next 12 months. It seems like every year needs a movie where a bloody-faced Mark Wahlberg kicks some ass, right? And having the talented (if sometimes bombastic) Peter Berg behind the camera doesn’t hurt either.
Director: Peter Berg
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, Taylor Kitsch, Eric Bana
Release Date: January 10 (nationwide)
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