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Man-God: Dwayne Johnson is the vein-bulging hero Hercules in this swords-and-sandals epic

Man-God: Dwayne Johnson is the vein-bulging hero Hercules in this swords-and-sandals epic

Man-God: Dwayne Johnson is the vein-bulging hero Hercules in this swords-and-sandals epic

i've GOT to admit, I like Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson. But has he bitten off more than he chew as the lead in a swords-and-sandals extravaganza?

Luckily no, as Hercules (Dwayne) himself has some great set pieces, but it hasn't got the staying power of the likes of similar epic 300.

Johnson plays the leader of a band of mercenaries (including spear-wielding prophet Amphiaraus - Ian McShane in decent form) of Argos, the knife-throwing thief Autolycus (Rufus Sewell) of Sparta, warrior Tydeus (Aksel Hennie) of Thebes, the archer Atalanta (Ingrid Bolsø Berdal) of Scythia and his nephew storyteller Iolaus (Reece Ritchie) of Athens.

Seen as a god by friend and foe alike, Hercules, it's got to be said, has some six-pack.

But his team's latest mission - at the behest of Ergenia (Rebecca Ferguson) to help her dad Lord Cotys (John Hurt) - may be too much even for Hercules.

Cotys needs Hercules to train the armies of Thrace to defend the kingdom from warlord Rheseus (Tobias Santelmann).

The trouble is, Hercules is on the wrong side - and when he sees how power-mad Cotys treats a captured Rheseus, he knows he's been conned.

With an entire army up against his merry band, Hercules must be what everyone believes - a superhero. Does he have a chance? Hell, more chance than you have of seeing Sony's The Interview any time soon.

Silly stuff, but if you like this genre, it's a worthy watch.

DVD EXTRAS: Pitiful, with just a director's commentary - expect a bonus edition to be released in the future.

>Mark Evans


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