Reviewed byshiningmonkVote: 6/10/10
I stumbled upon this fantasy film by accident and didn't really expectmuch from it, even though it stars the Mummy legend, Arnold Vosloo, whomade an excellent Darkman 2. I was pleasantly surprised.
The premise, about Greek hero Odysseus encountering vampires on a lostisland, sounds absurd. The special effects budget was clearly small andthere are some scenes when you have to imagine what the heroes arefighting since the camera doesn't show it. However, the whole thing issaved by two factors. Firstly, the writers knew what they were doing.They were obviously familiar with Homer's classic epic, with theprotagonist's strengths and weaknesses, and with how people talked andbehaved in those mythological times. This helps makes the whole thingplausible. They also didn't waste time on unnecessary plot detours.Further, the story is actually well-crafted and every scene is actuallyrelevant.
Secondly, the cast perform very well. Vosloo, as ever, is charismatic,and delivers his dialogue excellently. Randal Edwards makes abelievable Homer and JR Bourne is a courageous Perimedes. All thiswithout any irritating side kicks or distracting contemporary styles ofspeech.
If you're expecting a modern-day horror film, you'll be disappointed.But if you watch this with some cynicism, if you're familiar withHomer's Odyssey and enjoy a different slant on the vampire myth, thisis a perfect Saturday afternoon movie, which may leave you with someinteresting thoughts.
Reviewed byccmiller1492 (email@example.com)Vote: 5/10/10
A funny thing happened on the way to Ithaca...Odysseus went off courseand inadvertently discovered the origin of vampires. Not as bad as itsounds, the story is grounded in Greek myth but reconstitutesPersephone as an evil lamia with vampiric children from Hades who luresthe wily Greek and his crew for aid in her plot to conquer mortals. Theconcept is a good one, however poorly written and executed. Despite alagging pace and the irritating presence of a post-adolescent poetHomer, the film looks good with imposing Arnold Vosloo and the rest ofthe crew looking pretty much like Homeric heroes, rather than thescroungy leather trouser-wearing biker rejects that seem to be solamentably much in vogue in BC epics these days. Unfortunately, the twobest actors of the crew get killed off, one rather too soon.Mercifully, viewers are also spared the annoying, wailing nonsensicalCeltic and/or Moroccan women posing as soundtracks and incidental musicscore which is also far too prevalent in productions of this kind.However, in the interior cave sequence I did detect very subtly achorus in the background singing "Agnus dei", a total non sequitur.With a better script, a better use of the actors on hand, and a briskerpace this would have been a winner. It's always a pleasure to see Mr.Vosloo, and he can't be faulted in his rendering of Odysseus.
Reviewed byPaul Magne HaakonsenVote: 5/10/10
Truth be told, then I had no particular expectations to this movie. AndI will say that the movie is entertaining enough, but it could havebeen better.
The story is a fairly common one; Odysseus sailing for Ithica andfinding the Isle of Mist along the way. Yadda, yadda, yadda... Fairlyaverage storyline with nothing overly impressive or new here.
As a movie of this type, trying to tell an epic tale of ancienthistory, the movie doesn't really manage to punch through and make alasting mark or statement. It sort of never rises beyond mediocrity,which was a shame.
The effects in the movie were adequate, well most of them at least. Thecreatures were hilariously fake to look at. They looked like horriblyfake rendered CGI rejects. Had the special effects team worked harderon this, the movie could have been more enjoyable. It is sort ofdifficult to take something serious when it looks like something thatcame out of an early 1990's PC game, back when 3D graphics were stillan eyesore.
I will say that the props and wardrobe people actually did a great jobin the movie, because the costumes and garments were really nice tolook at; great details and it did seem valid enough.
Acting-wise, then the movie wasn't all that noticeable. Perhaps becausethe characters were fairly mundane and generic, not really displayingmuch personality of difference from one another. It should be said thatArnold Vosloo (playing Odyesseus), Randal Edwards (playing Homer) andStefanie von Pfetten (playing Persephone) were actually doing theirpart to carry the movie nicely.
If you enjoy classic tales of this genre, then there are other moviesthat deal with the same tale and subject that does it better than thisone. I am sure that if you are a hardcore fan of ancient history andlegends, then you will find some enjoyment and amusement in this movie.For us who just want to watch it for the entertainment of a movie, then"Odyesseus & the Isle of Mists" turns out to be fairly mediocre and itis not the type of movie that is likely to be on the watch-list asecond time around.
ODYSSEUS, The Warrior King, has been away from Ithaca for twenty years. The first ten he spent fighting the Trojan War; the last ten he spent fighting to get home. Among his adventures is the tale Homer felt was too horrific to tell; the missing book of The Odyssey known as... THE ISLE OF THE MISTS.