The Legend of Hercules

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This woeful 3-D action adventure finds the super-strong offspring (Kellan Lutz) of Zeus and Queen Alcmene (Roxanne McKee) of the Greek city-state Tiryns at odds with the queen's power-hungry husband, King Amphitryon (Scott Adkins), and with Amphitryon's cowardly son, Prince Iphicles (Liam Garrigan). The spat concerns the fate of Hercules' true love, a foreign princess named Hebe (Gaia Weiss), who has been betrothed, for purely political reasons and against her will, to Iphicles. While not offensive to Christian sensibilities, vaguely drawn and passing parallels between Hercules and Jesus are as ineptly handled as every other element in director Renny Harlin's lump of mythological lead.

Watch out for: Considerable but bloodless combat violence, a suicide, implied premarital sexual activity, scenes of sensuality, mature references.

Rated: A-III, adults; MPAA: PG-13, parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2014