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Last updateSat, 11 Jan 2014 11am

Reviews

Dwayne Johnson follows Steve Reeves, Kevin Sorbo and Arnold Schwarzenegger into the role of the Son of Zeus in Hercules.

Actually, this film suggests that the title character might not be immortal, and is part of a scam. That’s one of the many sly touches that make this movie enjoyable.

Johnson is good in the lead, and his band of battle disciples, in fine form, includes Ian McShane and Rufus Sewell.

The film is directed by Brett Ratner, the man who got himself into trouble with legions of rabid fans for screwing up X-Men: The Last Stand. (I didn’t think it was that bad.) Ratner does a lot with a medium-sized budget. (Yes, $100 million is a medium-sized budget for a blockbuster these days.) The movie looks good, and is quite clever at times.

Honestly, I wasn’t expecting this to be very good given its pedigree, but the results are enjoyable. Johnson has developed into a fun movie star, and Ratner can make a decent movie—even if he is the guy responsible for the Rush Hour films.

Hercules is now playing at the Regal Palm Springs Stadium 9 (789 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way; 844-462-7342); the Ultrastar Mary Pickford Stadium 14 (36850 Pickfair St., Cathedral City; and the Regal Rancho Mirage Stadium 16 and IMAX (72777 Dinah Shore Drive, Rancho Mirage; 844-462-7342).

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