15 July 2014 | ianb330-112-344579
The Asylum ups the ante.........somewhat.
Giving the lead role in any film to a WWE wrestler is never normally a great idea, unless you're The Asylum, in which case it actually adds to the movie's credibility. In fairness, John Hennigan (or Morrison according to the DVD cover) makes a pretty good Hercules by micro-budget standards, certainly a lot better than Kellan Lutz (really!) did in one of the movies of which this is a rip-off. In fact, this is one of The Asylum's better efforts of late, and a very far cry from their nadir offerings such as 'Dragon Crusaders' and the truly abysmal 'Attila'. The studio's well-publicised maximum budget of $1m looks like it might have been stretched to the limit on this one - the sets, costumes etc. were certainly better than one has come to expect from this particular outfit, it's just a pity the same can't be said for the casting and acting, which for the most part was, well, a bit odd. On the plus side however, the camera work and editing was probably the best I have seen in an Asylum film.
A real curate's egg this one - Asylum fans like me will recognise and celebrate the good bits, while the usual 'worst film ever made' merchants will regurgitate the same old tired criticisms. I suggest you follow my advice - open a bottle, switch off your brain, and just enjoy watching a drunken Hercules body-slam half a dozen Greek soldiers. What could be more fun?