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‘The Legend of Hercules’ Review

The Legend of Hercules Review
Millennium Films

In the late 1950s, American bodybuilder Steve Reeves somehow ended up in Italy and made a cheapo production of 'Hercules.' It spawned an avalanche of knockoff strongmen films -- some starring Reeves, some featuring a rather malleable new character named Maciste -- and are just wretched examples of boring cinema that, for whatever reason, I ended up seeing quite a bit of as a little kid. But to an 8-year-old back then, sub-Ray Harryhausen special effects and wafer-thin plots still managed to impress. Hey, it was a Sunday afternoon and a color TV.

It's easy to say “they don't make 'em like that anymore,” but the spirit of these garbage movies is alive and well in Renny Harlin's charmingly awful 'The Legend of Hercules.' Starring Kellan Lutz as a block of concrete that has to fake the classic British accent (even though Hercules is Greek), this is boring by-the-numbers dross from the artless Millennium Films, best known for 'The Expendables' films. It has maybe three good fight scenes and two moments that are so over-the-top bad you just have to laugh, and that makes for some undeniable entertainment. The best way to describe 'The Legend of Hercules' is as the fake movie that teenagers in movies go to see.

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‘The Legend of Hercules’ Trailer: Kellan Lutz Struggles to Prove Himself a Leading Man

The Legend of Hercules Trailer HD
Summit Entertainment

'Twilight' star Kellan Lutz plays the mythic strongman in his first stint as a leading man in a feature film for 'The Legend of Hercules,' the trailer for which places him smack dab in his own origin story. But will the hunky actor with racks on racks on racks of abs be able to flex his acting muscles in the driver's seat?

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‘Hercules: The Legend Begins’ Trailer Debuts

Hercules 3D Kellan Lutz
Relativity Media

The battle between the 2014 Hercules films continues today with the debut of the trailer for Renny Harlin's upcoming 'Hercules: The Legend Begins,' starring 'Twilight' star Kellan Lutz as the legendary Greek hero. The first trailer is, as we imagined, packed with plenty of shots that call to mind Zack Snyder's '300,' which has become the blueprint for films that involve Greek myth and war. 

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NYCC 2013: ‘Hercules: The Legend Begins’ Trailer Debuts, Cast Talks the “Original Superhero”

Hercules The Legend Begins Trailer, Panel
Millennium Films

While Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has been busy at work on Brett Ratner's 'Hercules: The Thracian Wars,' director Renny Harlin ('Die Hard 2,' 'Exorcist: The Beginning') was already busy with his own take on the iconic grecian strongman. Along with 'Twilight' star Kellan Lutz (in the title role), Liam McIntyre ('Spartacus'), Gaia Weiss ('Mary Queen of Scotts'), Scott Adkins ('The Bourne Ultimatum') and co-producer Jonathan Yunger, Harlin came out to New York Comic-Con 2013 on Saturday to reveal the first trailer for 'Hercules: The Legend Begins' and to give fans some idea of what to expect from this origin tale.

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First Look at Kellan Lutz in ‘Expendables 3,’ Plus ‘Hercules: The Legend Begins’ Footage

Kellan Lutz Expendables 3
YouTube

Kellan Lutz made a name for himself by playing the chiseled vampire in 'The Twilight Saga,' but now he's ready to unleash his new character, that of legendary strongman Hercules in 'Hercules: The Legend Begins.' The star released a brief snippet from the official trailer, to be released in full during New York Comic-Con, but just a tad more exciting is that he revealed himself in costume on the set of 'The Expendables 3' in the process.

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‘Expendables 3′ Eyes ‘Twilight’ Star Kellan Lutz

Expendables 3 Kellan Lutz
Lionsgate/Getty Images

Sylvester Stallone and team Lionsgate have been trying to build the perfect cast for the upcoming 'Expendables 3' for quite some time, helping to bring on both returning stars and, what Sly refers to as, "new blood." As it turns out, part of this new blood is a vampire -- or rather, 'Twilight' star Kellan Lutz.

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Kellan Lutz Is ‘Hercules 3D’ — Just Another Chance For Him to Go Shirtless

Hercules 3D Kellan Lutz
Relativity Media

Just when you thought Brett Ratner's 'Hercules' starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was the only Hercules movie out on the market, in steps Renny Harlin who's found his own Grecian strongman in Kellan Lutz for a rival big-budget flick. It makes sense if you think about it -- what better way to attract a huge audience than with a shirtless 'Twilight' heartthrob?

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‘Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2′ Will Have a Post-Credits Scene and Alternate Ending

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN-PART 2

Every movie wants to get in on the post-credits bandwagon, the most recent one being 'The Avengers'' sneak peek at Thanos, but apparently 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2' is trying to join in. Certainly a surprising film to feature a stinger, most would probably agree, but it's been such a fan-driven series that it has to be considered something of a parting gift to the folks who made it so huge.

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‘Family Guy’ Picks Up ‘Twilight’ Star Kellan Lutz as, You Guessed It, Handsome Guy

Family Guy Kellan Lutz
FOX / Stefania D'Alessandro, Getty Images

Kellan Lutz might not be the highest profile handsome face of the 'Twilight' saga, but he certainly puts himself out there plenty more than Robert Pattinson or Taylor Lautner.  So while you're not likely to catch R. Pattz popping up on 'Family Guy,' or even a Time Warner Cable commercial, you can count on Kellan Lutz to pick up the slack.

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Tarzan Swinging Back To Big Screen But Who’ll Wear The Loincloth?

Tarzan
Hulton Archive

Tarzan, Sherlock Holmes and James Bond are the three classic characters Hollywood won’t let die; they’ll likely be around in some form of storytelling decades after all of us are gone. So with Daniel Craig filming the latest 007 thriller and Holmes ready to return to PBS on Sunday, it’s time for Tarzan to swing back to theaters. We have details.

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