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Watch: Trailer For Low-Rent 'Hercules: The Legend Begins' Starring Kellan Lutz

by Kevin Jagernauth
October 13, 2013 9:53 AM
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Hercules: The Legend Begins Kellan Lutz

What do you get when you combine "300" + "Immortals" + "Gladiator" + Kellan Lutz + a very meager budget? Well, you get "Hercules: The Legend Begins," and the results aren't pretty.

Running three minutes long, the trailer is basically a walkthrough of the movie, with a story that includes your standard elements of forbidden love and exile. It's filled out by numerous scenes that are supposed to be stunning in their size and scope, but come off as rather cheap digital effects and even worse green screen work. All of this is emphasized by tics borrowed from other filmmakers (mostly Zack Snyder) including speed ramping and the actors yelling their lines in closeup while you ponder just how little was spent on this endeavor.

And it's a bit of a bummer too, because the man behind the camera is Renny Harlin. The man who once gave us "Die Hard 2" is reduced to this: a second rate Hercules movie that will be crushed by the Brett Ratner/Dwayne Johnson version arriving next year.

But they'll try anyway. "Hercules: The Legend Begins" opens sometime in 2014.

Hercules: The Legend Begins Poster

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  • Citizen alan | October 14, 2013 1:57 PMReply

    This looks like it was made entirely from cut scenes from some Hercules video game I've never heard of.

  • cynthia123 | October 13, 2013 8:21 PMReply

    I can't stand negative people. These film makers and actors are trying to entertain.

    I think it looks like a fun ride. Kellan Lutz is dream (who does a lot of charity work).

  • Kevin Klawitter | October 14, 2013 1:27 PM

    If the negativity is deserved, there's no reason to be negative about it.

    I could care less about Kellan Lutz's charity work. What matters is that he and the people behind this movie, who have been proven to have talent, made a movie that looks to be made out of the bits and pieces of other movies, with nary an original idea in its head. They, and we, deserve better.

  • alex703 | October 13, 2013 3:05 PMReply

    Wow, this looks hysterically bad.

  • dub | October 13, 2013 2:09 PMReply

    Well, he gave us Cliffhanger, one of the best 90s actions flicks. But true other than that, he's pretty shit.

  • Chris | October 13, 2013 11:32 AMReply

    I love how this article makes Renny Harlin out to be something special, as if it's some tragic surprise that he could possibly be behind a stinker - or that he's some talented filmmaker who's been sadly reduced to making crap like "Hercules." In actuality, he's been one of the worst studio filmmakers in the business for basically his entire career. Even if you're a defender of "Die Hard 2" (I'm not), that's obviously the exception, not the rule.

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