The Legend of Hercules

Theatrical Release: January 10, 2014
The Legend of Hercules


In the epic origin story, Kellan Lutz stars as the mythical Greek hero – the son of Zeus, a half-god, half-man blessed with extraordinary strength. Betrayed by his stepfather, the King, and exiled and sold into slavery because of a forbidden love, Hercules must use his formidable powers to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom. Through harrowing battles and gladiator-arena death matches, Hercules embarks on a legendary odyssey to overthrow the King and restore peace to the land.

Dove Review

The actor who plays Hercules, Kellan Lutz, looks like a combination between Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth. He is a likable Hercules and certainly has the physical build for the part. The film contains a lot of action and a love story in which the woman Hercules loves has been chosen by the king (and his stepfather) to marry his brother. There is a lot of angst in the movie. However, there are really too many sword fights and battles (including gladiator matches). The movie is at its best when it settles down and takes time for the audience to get to know the characters. The 3D is very good and works well for this film. That said, one character “damns” the gods and the king and we don’t award our Dove Seal to films which contain this cursing of others. Add this to the violence that is pretty much seen throughout the film, and a scene in which a god has a few sexual moments with a mortal woman, and we are unable to approve this one for family viewing.

Content Description

Sex: A woman has a brief but obvious sexual moment or two with an unseen god and she moans and conceives a child; kissing between a man and woman; implied sex between an unmarried couple.
Language: A character "damns" the gods and the king.
Violence: A lot of violence with some blood; arrows pierce and kill men; sword fights and gladiator battles with killing and injuries; fights including punching; several characters are stabbed; corpses with arrows seen on the ground; man held under water and drowned; large stones thrown at characters; man is smacked; man's leg is cut; man is whipped with some bloody stripes seen.
Drugs: Wine; in a few scenes something is being consumed-either water or wine.
Nudity: Cleavage; shirtless men; partial brief side view of woman's breast.
Other: Several mentions of the gods and goddesses; a woman prays to a goddess statue and another character salutes a goddess statue; betrayal; tension between characters.


Company: Summit Entertainment
Writer: Daniel Giat & Renny Harlin
Director: Renny Harlin
Producer: Boaz Davidson
Genre: Action
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter