No movie can be all bad when it gives John Hurt the opportunity to bellow "Unleash the wolves!" But this sword-and-sandals epic is hobbled by Brett Ratner's terminally clunky direction. Based on a 2008 comic book series, it deliberately obscures the hero's divine parentage and emphasizes his more human qualities, such as his fighting skill and his rapport with common people. This has the potential for a reflective, revisionist comic book movie a la The Dark Knight, but Ratner clearly doesn't see it, giving the viewer little to think about between the computer-enhanced battle sequences. As the titular character, Dwayne Johnson is likable during the occasional stretches of dialogue, though his self-effacing charm has been better better utilized in other movies (Southland Tales, Faster, Pain & Gain).
Director: Brett Ratner
Producer: Beau Flynn, Barry Levine, Brett Ratner, Peter Berg, Sarah Aubrey, Ross Fanger and Jesse Berger
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Aksel Hennie, Ingrid Berdal, Reece Ritchie, Tobias Santelmann, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan, John Hurt, Rebecca Ferguson and Irina Shayk