Reviewed bydmgruber1Vote: 9/10/10
My wife and I really enjoyed this movie. The acting was good. The Plotinteresting. The visuals stunning. I've read the other comments andwhile I agree that while the music wasn't on par with a Vangelis orHans Zimmer score, it certainly did not detract from our overallenjoyment.
It's an Italian movie on a budget of 8 million euro. They spent it oncostumes and extras. I hate a movie that doesn't have enough extras forthe big battle scene (ie: Conan). The battle at the beginning waspretty good.
As an Italian movie, it has some of the "quirkiness" of those Eastwood"Spaghetti" Westerns. I noticed in two places the editing could havebeen smoother, but again, a good overall film.
I gave it a 9. Not because it is Oscar worthy but because it wasenjoyable, i'd watch it again, and I'd invite friends. I won't do thatfor more than a couple of "oscar" winners.
Over all a good family movie that asks the question: What if?
Reviewed byJulie WorkmanVote: 7/10/10
If you enjoy Biblical film, you should enjoy this and add it to yourcollection. I'm not sorry I purchased it. Lundgren & Liotti arefabulous to look at and Monica Cruz is no slouch either (she looks justlike her sister, Penelope).
The story-line is great. I wonder where the "Goofs" section is under"Fun Stuff" on IMDb, as this film was not devoid of them. For example,the rolling away of the massive stone at the tomb of Lazarus. It wasdone by one guy while another stood with a piece of lumber to assist byprying it but really did nothing, which would not have been possible.Some of the fight scenes just looked very badly done. There was a kissscene wherein saliva strung from one person to another that would havebeen much more watchable had that been edited out. Finally, at the end,the terrain was striped by tire tracks and what looked like a radiotower on a mountain top.
Reviewed bydaerisVote: 4/10/10
When I got this movie it had quite a low score here on IMDb. But thesubject seemed to be interesting, it was not an Hollywood productionand had at least one big name in the paylist - Max von Sydow's. So Itook the challenge and gave it a try. Big mistake... Though it'sscreenplay is written with some interesting plots and with quite anoriginal ideas for a Jesus-related movie this is almost the only thingworth to be praised here.
The first thing you will notice is the music of someone, who's surnameis Moricone but his not "the one" but some other Moricone. So is hismusic - kind of Moricone's style but not "the one" - something ismissing, it's to loud and generally does not fit.
Then you will notice the performers and they certainly can help toforget about poor music since they performance is really stunning.Literatim. It's something like operetta filmed in the silent movieperiod with all those exalted movement and acting typical for those oldtimes. Moreover my version was apparently dubbed in English althoughthe movie was apparently made in English at the first place! I do notknow why they did it - maybe some Italian actors had some problems withthe language but then if you add voices to a already finished movie itis never perfect and the effect is rather ridiculous. Combined withaforementioned style of acting it looks just utterly stupid. And ifthis was not enough some of supporting roles are seemed to be writtenfor computer RPG characters! You know, like for example those typicalNPCs standing next to the town gates only to say something like"welcome to Jerusalem"... Some dialogues between those charactersseemed o be intentionally written in Monthy Python style...
But apart from that there is also an actor there who really stands out- Dolph Lundgren! By far it is the best of his performance I had a"pleasure" to watch. Of course as every barbarian he speaks withScottish accent witch is really sweet, especially that he apparently istrying to imitate Sean Connory... Since he plays a barbaric Germanicwarrior and he has not much to do there apart from being "strong, nobleand wild" and of course of swinging his enormous axe everywhere. Themovie is full of scenes where Lundgren is shown somewhere in thebackground or foreground performing this complicated tasks and I mustadmit he had really mastered it. Seriously - for someone who'sperforming talent is so, well, narrow I think he is a real star in thismovie.
Some say "there is no good movie without a love story plot". But thisone could be definitely better without. I had mentioned before aboutsome interesting and original ideas in the scenario but this is only tobe observed in the first half of the movie. The second half is devotedmainly to love story plot and this just kills this otherwisewould-be-weak-but-not-the-worst movie. It's just dull and absurd in theworld of this picture and moreover it is completely redundant.
See for yourself if you dare but there are better ways of spendingtime.
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