‘Hercules’ Trailer 1

Remember the fable of the Tortoise and the Hare?  In the story a tortoise races a hare, which under normal conditions can easily expected to beat such a slow-moving animal.

Though because the hare rests on its laurels, the tortoise is given an opportunity to not only catch up to it, but eventually win the race. It won because the tortoise, despite being slower, was persistent and kept working diligently toward its goal.

The same thing happens with movies, though victory generally goes to the fleet of foot.  For instance, last year Filmdistrict’s “Olympus Has Fallen” beat  “White House Down” to the box office and earned over $161 million.  By the time “White House Down” was released a few months later, many people probably assumed that they had seen it already, since it has virtually the same storyline as “Olympus Has Fallen.”

At the end of the day, “Olympus Had Fallen” was successful, while “White House Down” was not (though that also had something to do with ‘Olympus’ costing half as much to produce).

Some thought that history would repeat itself when Renny Harlin’s “The Legend of Hercules” came out before Brett Ratner’s “Hercules.”

Though despite being first to the gate, Harlin’s film lacked the endurance to complete the race.  Brett Ratner’s version, starring Dwayne Johnson is now at the starting line, though only time will tell if it has what it takes to win.


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