No one will ever accuse Dwayne Johnson of being a great actor. Fortunately, he doesnít have to be one to portray the legendary Hercules, the half-man, half-god son of Zeus. Pretty much all he has to do is look buff, slay beasts, and engage in battles in which he kills scores of men. And the charismatic Johnson does all of that and more, with aplomb, in Brett Ratnerís swift, intensely violent sword-and-sandal spectacle.
The story begins with a thrilling, brisk prologue that quickly establishes Herculesí background, his well-known 12 labors, and his growing legend. But is he really an all-powerful god or merely a man w...