The Rock Hercules

MGM

If you want your mind blown, consider this: there’s a Hercules movie coming out this summer. In a little over a month, in fact. Sometimes it’s hard to keep track, but here’s a great example of a potential blockbuster that’s slipped mostly under the radar. Or maybe we’ve avoided it because we already had an abjectly horrible Hercules movie this year, and we haven’t quite recovered yet.

We got a good look at a trailer back in March, and this offers a little more plot beyond Hercules telling us his name, but it still looks mostly like the movie is made out of sweat.

Check it out for yourself:

I’m really hoping that the CGI looks wonky because of the small screen. That’s a definite possibility, but the alternative is unthinkable. Particularly in 2014. Still, there’s no chance it’ll be Scorpion King bad. Progress marches on.

The other real fear is that it’ll be another Brett Ratner outing without anything beyond muscle. There’s a solid chance that Dwayne Johnson will make sure it shines brighter than it should — he’s got charm and charisma even when brooding — but it would be strangely appropriate to see another dumb Ratner joint the same summer that erased X-Men: The Last Stand from the history books.

Plus, this will be the film debut of supermodel Irina Shayk, following in the footsteps of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and others before her. When non-acting celebrities act, the success rate hasn’t been optimal. All signs point to this being a movie best viewed with brains in the off position, so hopefully the scene chewing (John Hurt! Ian McShane! Rufus Sewell!) will be as entertaining as the action.

I recognize I seem increasingly negative about this movie, but I’m actually looking forward to it for one reason: Dwayne Johnson. The guy is an incredible screen presence, and this is a return to his original wheelhouse. That combination is reason enough to see light at the end of a potentially crap-covered tunnel.

Hercules hits theaters July 25th.


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