The first of two movies detailing the myth of Hercules — the demigod and hero — played here by Twilight strong guy Kellan Lutz. Director Renny Harlin seeks to outline the origin story in broad epic strokes — a warrior betrayed, sold into slavery, fighting to regain his claim to glory — that, on the surface, sounds like a retread of Gladiator.
Last year, the trend was Die Hard in the White House, this year it’s the swords and sandals of the demigods, but the smart money would likely pass on this outing and wait for a rock hard version. Opens wide Jan. 10. (PG-13) Not screened in time for review