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This article is about the 2014 film starring Dwayne Johnson. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_0

For the 2014 film starring Kellan Lutz, see The Legend of Hercules. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_1

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Directed byHercules (2014 film)_header_cell_0_1_0 Brett RatnerHercules (2014 film)_cell_0_1_1
Produced byHercules (2014 film)_header_cell_0_2_0 Hercules (2014 film)_cell_0_2_1
Screenplay byHercules (2014 film)_header_cell_0_3_0 Hercules (2014 film)_cell_0_3_1
Based onHercules (2014 film)_header_cell_0_4_0 Hercules: The Thracian Wars

by Steve MooreHercules (2014 film)_cell_0_4_1

StarringHercules (2014 film)_header_cell_0_5_0 Hercules (2014 film)_cell_0_5_1
Music byHercules (2014 film)_header_cell_0_6_0 Fernando VelázquezHercules (2014 film)_cell_0_6_1
CinematographyHercules (2014 film)_header_cell_0_7_0 Dante SpinottiHercules (2014 film)_cell_0_7_1
Edited byHercules (2014 film)_header_cell_0_8_0 Hercules (2014 film)_cell_0_8_1

companyHercules (2014 film)_header_cell_0_9_0

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Distributed byHercules (2014 film)_header_cell_0_10_0 Hercules (2014 film)_cell_0_10_1
Release dateHercules (2014 film)_header_cell_0_11_0 Hercules (2014 film)_cell_0_11_1
Running timeHercules (2014 film)_header_cell_0_12_0 98 minutesHercules (2014 film)_cell_0_12_1
CountryHercules (2014 film)_header_cell_0_13_0 United StatesHercules (2014 film)_cell_0_13_1
LanguageHercules (2014 film)_header_cell_0_14_0 EnglishHercules (2014 film)_cell_0_14_1
BudgetHercules (2014 film)_header_cell_0_15_0 $100 millionHercules (2014 film)_cell_0_15_1
Box officeHercules (2014 film)_header_cell_0_16_0 $244.8 millionHercules (2014 film)_cell_0_16_1

Hercules is a 2014 American 3D action-adventure film directed by Brett Ratner, written by Ryan J. Condal and Evan Spiliotopoulos, and starring Dwayne Johnson as the titular character, Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Aksel Hennie, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Reece Ritchie, Tobias Santelmann, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan, Rebecca Ferguson, Isaac Andrews, Irina Shayk, and John Hurt. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_2

It is based on the graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_3

Distributed jointly by Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, it was released on July 25, 2014. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_4

It is one of two Hollywood-studio Hercules films released in 2014, the other one being Lionsgate's The Legend of Hercules. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_5

The film became a box office success, earning $244 million on a $100 million budget and received mixed reviews from critics, with some praise for Johnson's performance and the action sequences. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_6

Plot Hercules (2014 film)_section_0

Hercules is the leader of a band of mercenaries comprising the spear-wielding king-turned-prophet Amphiaraus of Argos, the knife-throwing thief Autolycus of Sparta, the feral warrior Tydeus of Thebes, the Amazon archer Atalanta of Scythia, and his nephew, storyteller Iolaus of Athens. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_7

Hercules is said to be the demigod son of Zeus, who completed the legendary Twelve Labors after he was betrayed by Hera, who drove him insane and caused him to murder his wife Megara and their children during a visit to King Eurystheus. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_8

Throughout the film, it is not clearly established that Hercules is truly the son of Zeus and many are skeptical of the claim as well as of the stories of Hercules' famous Twelve Labors. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_9

Despite this, Hercules displays unusual inhuman strength and nigh-unmatched skill in combat. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_10

However, Hercules is frequently haunted by the memory of the deaths of his wife and children by his hand, as well as visions of Cerberus. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_11

After finishing a recent mission and saving his nephew on the Macedonian Coast in Northern Greece in 358 BC, Hercules and his team are celebrating and drinking at a tavern when they are approached by Ergenia, the daughter of King Cotys, who wants Hercules to train the armies of Thrace to defend the kingdom from bloodthirsty warlord Rhesus. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_12

Hercules accepts after he and his men are offered his weight in gold, and the band is welcomed to Thrace by Cotys and General Sitacles, leader of the Thracian army. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_13

However, Rhesus has reached the Bessi tribe in Central Thrace and Cotys insists that Hercules lead the army into battle to defend the Bessi, despite Hercules's objections and the army's lack of training. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_14

However, they are too late as Rhesus' supposed sorcery has turned the Bessi against the Thracians. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_15

After the Bessi are defeated following a long and disastrous battle which results in at least half the Thracian forces being killed, Hercules and his allies properly train the army. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_16

When the training is complete, Hercules and Sitacles confront Rhesus and his soldiers after a day-long journey on the battlefield before Mount Asticus. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_17

The Thracians force Rhesus' army to retreat after an arduous battle, but Rhesus himself rides out to confront Hercules and is defeated by him. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_18

Rhesus is taken back to Thrace as a prisoner, where he is publicly tormented and humiliated. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_19

Taking pity, Hercules stops the townsfolk from throwing more objects at him. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_20

When Hercules mentions Rhesus' actions of burning down villages, Rhesus tells him it was not him or his army and tells Hercules that he has been fighting on the wrong side. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_21

Later, in the palace hall, Rhesus is chained up and left on display. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_22

Noticing that Ergenia has taken pity on him, Hercules confronts her and finds out Rhesus was telling the truth about the villages, in that he was merely retaliating against Cotys's aggressive attempts to expand his kingdom. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_23

Although Ergenia doesn't agree with Cotys's methods, she goes along out of fear, as her father poisoned her husband, the previous king. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_24

Furthermore, Cotys threatens her son Arius, the true heir to the throne. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_25

After receiving their reward, the mercenaries are ready to leave, but Hercules decides to stay behind to stop Cotys, with all but Autolycus choosing to follow him. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_26

However, they are overpowered and captured by Sitacles and his men. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_27

While chained, Hercules is confronted by King Eurystheus, who is in league with Cotys. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_28

Eurystheus reveals that he drugged Hercules the night his family died, viewing him as a threat to his power. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_29

Hercules's family was in fact killed by three black wolves sent by Eurystheus, resulting in Hercules's constant hallucinations of Cerberus. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_30

When Cotys orders Ergenia to be executed for her betrayal, Hercules is encouraged by Amphiaraus to believe in himself just as everyone believes in him. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_31

In a show of superhuman strength, Hercules breaks free of his chains, saving Ergenia and defeating the wolves with his bare hands. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_32

Hercules releases the prisoners, including Rhesus, and then confronts Eurystheus, impaling him with his own dagger and avenging his family; however, he is ambushed by Sitacles, who is then stabbed to death by Iolaus, who has been secretly honing his skills. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_33

Outside, Hercules and his forces battle Cotys and his army. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_34

Arius is taken hostage, but rescued by Autolycus, who has decided to return to help his friends. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_35

In the ensuing battle, Tydeus is mortally wounded while protecting Arius, but fights on, slaughtering numerous Thracian soldiers until he falls; later dying in Hercules's arms. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_36

Again using inhuman strength, Hercules pushes a massive statue of Hera from its foundations and uses it to crush Cotys and many of his soldiers. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_37

The remaining soldiers see Hercules as lightning flashes in the background. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_38

The surviving soldiers bow to Hercules and Arius takes the throne, with Ergenia at his side. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_39

As the credits roll, an animated retelling of the Twelve Labors shows how Hercules accomplished these feats with the help of his companions. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_40

Cast Hercules (2014 film)_section_1

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Production Hercules (2014 film)_section_2

The film is directed by Brett Ratner. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_41

The producers are Beau Flynn, Barry Levine, and Ratner, with Peter Berg, Sarah Aubrey, Ross Fanger, and Jesse Berger serving as executive producers. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_42

To prepare for the role, Johnson took on a grueling training routine, stating: "I trained and worked harder than ever for 8 months for this role. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_43

Lived alone and locked myself away (like a moody 260-lb. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_44

monk) in Budapest for 6 months while filming. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_45

Goal was to completely transform into this character. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_46

Disappear in the role. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_47

Press journalist asked me today, with the mental and physical toll the role had on me, would I do it again? Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_48

Not only would I do it again...I'd do it twice." Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_49

Release Hercules (2014 film)_section_3

Box office Hercules (2014 film)_section_4

In North America, Hercules was released on July 25, 2014 at 3595 theaters, and grossed $11 million its opening day and $29 million its opening weekend; it placed second at the box office, behind Lucy ($44 million for the opening weekend). Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_50

Ray Subers of Box Office Mojo opined this was "not a particularly strong start" for Hercules given that "star Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson's The Scorpion King opened to $36 million" in 2002. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_51

Hercules, described as "pumping some much-needed life into a lackluster summer at U.S. and Canadian theaters," did financially better than expected, as it "topped the expectations of analysts by roughly $4 million" and beat out Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which was in its third weekend and finished third with $16.4 million." Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_52

Subers stated, "The fact that Hercules got close to $30 million is a testament to The Rock's ability to mobilize his massive fanbase." Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_53

Paramount Pictures jointly released the film with MGM; head of domestic marketing and distribution of Paramount Pictures, Megan Colligan, "credited Johnson's 'charisma' with helping drive the opening," and added that the opening weekend total is "exactly what [they] had hoped for." Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_54

The audience for Hercules was 58 percent male, with 64 percent over age 25. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_55

Outside North America, the film was released in 26 foreign markets in 3,364 locations and earned $28.7 million. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_56

Hercules dominated the Russian box office with a strong $12 million debut from 930 locations. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_57

Australia had a No. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_58

1 with $3.5M at 222 locations. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_59

Hercules also journeyed to several Asian territories where it had strong No. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_60

1s including in Malaysia ($1.6M from 110), Philippines ($1.2M from 134), Taiwan ($1.2M) and Singapore ($1.1M at 27) IMAX was globally worth $6M with international drawing in $2M from 114 screens; over $1M came from Russia. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_61

Critical response Hercules (2014 film)_section_5

Hercules received mixed reviews from critics. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_62

The general sentiment, however, was that the film was a pleasant surprise. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_63

Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 57%, based on reviews from 117 critics with an average rating of 5.4/10. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_64

The site's consensus states: "Hercules has Brett Ratner behind the cameras and Dwayne Johnson rocking the loincloth – and delivers exactly what any reasonable person reading that description might expect." Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_65

Metacritic gives the film a score of 47 out of 100, based on reviews from 25 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_66

Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film a "B+" grade on a scale of A to F. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_67

Scott Foundas, chief film critic for Variety, wrote in a positive review that "It's a grandly staged, solidly entertaining, old-fashioned adventure movie that does something no other Hercules movie has quite done before: It cuts the mythical son of Zeus down to human size (or as human as you can get while still being played by Dwayne Johnson)". Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_68

Foundas praised Ratner, stating that "in terms of sheer scale and craftsmanship, Hercules represents something of a quantum leap for Ratner" and that the action sequences are "coherent pieces [...] that build steadily in intensity." Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_69

He concluded that "[Hercules's] strongest asset is surely Johnson, who continues to foster one of the most affable, guileless screen personas in movies today." Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_70

Elizabeth Weitzman of New York Daily News stated, "It's fast-paced, funny, and packed with eye-popping action. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_71

The effects are impressive, but there are none bigger than the star Dwayne Johnson's massive powerful physique which perfectly suited the character and the large-scale movie." Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_72

She added, "Johnson makes his entrance wearing a conquered lion's head and a loincloth skirt. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_73

The fact that he can pull this look off sets the tone for everything else to come." Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_74

John DeFore of The Washington Post stated, "[The film] simply fails to exploit its assets: an amusing, revisionist take on the mythological strongman, and the charisma of Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson." Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_75

Critic James Berardinelli said, "A big-budget misfire of a sizeable order, a visually busy but emotionally dead endeavor that wearies the viewer with endless computer generated special effects while failing to provide a scintilla of human interest." Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_76

Accolades Hercules (2014 film)_section_6

The film was nominated for two Teen Choice Awards. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_77

Dwayne Johnson, was nominated in the category "Choice Summer Movie Star" and the film was nominated in the category "Choice Summer Movie". Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_78

Home media Hercules (2014 film)_section_7

Hercules was released on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD on November 4, 2014 by Paramount Home Entertainment. Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_79

Controversy Hercules (2014 film)_section_8

Steve Moore, a writer whose name is used in the promotion of the film, wanted to have his name disassociated from the adaptation before his death, according to an interview excerpt with his friend, acclaimed writer Alan Moore (no relation). Hercules (2014 film)_sentence_80

See also Hercules (2014 film)_section_9

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