AND THE MINOTAUR
DVD region 2. Chelsea Films.
good old Sinbad. A movie staple from the early days, made popular
by Ray Harryhausen and several imitators in films of variable
quality, and last seen - if I'm not mistaken - in a short-lived
TV series pitched at the Hercules / Xena
audience. Now he's back in a film that will appeal to anyone who
watches SyFy movies on a regular basis.
time, Sinbad (here played with ridiculous intensity by Manu Bennett
from Spartacus: Blood and Sand) is in search
of the head of the giant Colossus of Rhodes - an ancient solid
gold statue that has been lost for over a thousand years. He raids
the camp of fiendish sorcerer Al-Jibar to steal the ancient scroll
naming the location of the head, making off with a kidnapped princess
en route, and quickly sets sail to a mysterious island where a
lost tribe worship the Minotaur. Al-Jibar and his men are hot
on their tail though, and before long, Sinbad is battling the
sorcerer, his unkillable henchman, a village full of horned maniacs
and a ridiculous looking CGI monster.
a film for those who like to think too hard (no-one explains how
Sinbad knew Al-Jibar had the scroll, or how the sorcerer knew
where Sinbad had sailed to), Sinbad and the Minotaur
for the most part dispenses with niceties like character and story
development in favour of non-stop fighting, with a bit of torture
thrown in to spice things up. This isn't such a bad thing - part
of the problem with so many SyFy films is that they take forever
to get to the only reason anyone is watching (ie big, stupid monsters),
but here it's pretty much all go. At times, it feels like a lengthy
trailer for a movie, stripped down to the bare essentials, and
so while terrible by most normal cinematic standards, the film
certainly isn't slow or dull!
Whether that is enough to compensate for the hammy performances,
poor special effects, ropey dialogue and cliched characters will
depend very much on what you expect going in. Accept the film
for what it is - a gleefully dumb popcorn movie mix of action,
gore, cleavage, machismo and monsters - and you'll probably have
fun. And to be honest, if you bought this and seriously expected
anything else, then more fool you.
watched with a few mates and a few beers.
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