Hercules (2014)
Entertainment: +3
Acceptability: -2

Dwayne Johnson, John Hurt, Ian McShane, Ingrid Bolso Berdal. Action/adventure. Directed by Brett Ratner.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Having endured his legendary twelve labors, Hercules, the Greek demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord. Now Hercules travels with a hardy band, including a pretty Amazon warrior.

PREVIEW REVIEW: The Rock (hey, I donít know why he doesnít still call himself that Ė the guy is as rock-like as you can get) does a credible job with both the action and the dialogue (though many of the humorous remarks are that way due to the anachronistic jargon, I guess on purpose), the battle scenes are done on a grandiose scale, and director Brett Ratner does infuse some moral (we can all be heroes), but thereís a butÖa couple of butsÖ

Just as movie studios canít entertain a young demographic without their old standby, the superhero, neither can they get through an entire movie without uttering the f-word. Really, the f-word? Did the sons of Zeus really use the f-word? No they didnít. But evidently no one in Hollywood can complete a simple declarative sentence without it. Iím beginning to wonder if itís in their contracts.

And letís not forget all those battle scenes. Though Mr. Ratner knows how to edit his carnage within the MPAAís PG-13 rating dimensions, he goes right up to the edge. Of course, I realize most of my colleagues in criticism are no longer discussing the excesses of poor language or gore galore in movies, but I still feel it my duty to let you know Hercules has both. Who knows, maybe someone still does care.

I have to admit, the 14-year-old in me liked much of the action, the 16-year-old in me liked the Amazon warrior babe, and the old fogey liked the 98-minute length.

Rated PG-13 for epic battle sequences, violence, suggestive comments, brief strong language and brief nudity as we see a woman from behind exiting a bedchamber.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor: Paramount

Crude Language: None
Obscene Language: Five obscenities, mostly the s-word and one f-word.
Profanity: I caught no misuse of Godís name.
Violence: The violence is much like that of a video game and it includes countless soulless bodies being hacked, shot with arrows, knifed, plunged with swords, and otherwise dispatched; lots of blood.
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: One brief shot of a woman from behind leaving her bed chamber.
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: Some wine drinking.
Other: None
Running Time: 98 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and up

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