Sinbad and the Minotaur 2011 NR

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Sinbad steals an ancient relic from the evil sorcerer Al-Jibar. After deciphering its clues, Sinbad ventures into the underground where he must face the deadly Minotaur beast.

Starring:
Manu Bennett, Holly Brisley
Runtime:
1 hour, 29 minutes

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Sinbad and the Minotaur

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Fantasy, Adventure
Director Karl Zwicky
Starring Manu Bennett, Holly Brisley
Supporting actors Dimitri Baveas, Steven Grives, Jared Robinsen, Brad McMurray, Derek Boyer, Pacharo Mzembe, Lily Brown, David Vallon, Sam Elia, Nick Pendragon, Vivienne Abitia, Terrence Antoniak, Lauren Horner
Studio E1 Entertainment
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Good movie but not as good as the original Sinbad with Dynomation.
Peter J. DeArruda
If it weren't for the overt negatives noted above I wouldn't hesitate to give it 4 Stars.
Wuchak
Had the film played it one way or the other, it might have been a bit more cohesive.
K. Harris

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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When it comes to portraying the legend of Sinbad on film, movie makers have a couple of options. Try to fashion a rollicking adventure or try for cheesy laughs--or perhaps a combination of the two. Either way, the goal in depicting these myths is to provide enchantment, danger and fun. My expectation in approaching the SyFy network production of "Sinbad and the Minotaur" is that it would veer toward humor--either intentional or not. And while this certainly isn't the worst SyFy presentation that I've seen, it misses the mark with an uneven tone. This tale wants to be both light and dangerous. Had the film played it one way or the other, it might have been a bit more cohesive. As is, it's a hodge podge of various elements from seemingly different movies. In addition to the aforementioned Minotaur, there is a power-hungry villain, an evil vampiric henchman, and a cult of zombie-like villagers. But amidst all the monsters, the film also tries to be comedic. While much of the intended humor fails to elicit laughs, some of the staging is amusingly ill-conceived. The fact that the Minotaur itself alternately appears to be a float from a Chinese New Year's parade and/or a Muppet doesn't help the suspense quotient.

The film begins with a bit of ancient lore setting up the main quest and a ridiculous preview of the dangerous Minotaur, or at least its horn. Centuries later, Sinbad and his team are introduced and are hot on the trail of a solid gold head (from the Colossus). They cross paths with our villainous megalomaniac and his blood sucking cohort who also want a piece of the treasure. Soon both parties are off to a deserted island, now inhabited by an inbred group of locals, to track down the legendary payday.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wuchak on November 25, 2012
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Apparently, people love to denounce "Sinbad and Minotaur" (2011) because it's clear that the actors learned their lines the same day their scenes were shot and the production was done at lightning speed. On top of this is a we're-not-taking-this-too-seriously air akin to the Indiana Jones sequels. The criticizers can't seem to get past these limitations to see what is, actually, a fun, rollicking Sinbad adventure in the manner of "The Golden Voyage of Sinbad" and "Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger," only much faster-paced.

Muscleman Manu Bennett would've made a better Sinbad if they had done something with his hair and maybe given him a goatee. As it is, he looks too much like a Jersey Shore hunk. Despite this, he nails the part and conveys the joie de vivre of Sinbad. In fact, one of the highlights of the film is the great joy of living portrayed by all the protagonists.

Another highlight is the great locations, shot in Queensland, Australia. There's a good variety of settings, like forests, rock outcroppings, deserts, the sea, and caves. Speaking of caves, some of the cave sets are pretty unconvincing, sort of like the original Star Trek TV series, but not so bad that it spoils the film. It's just part of the charm.

There's a nice smorgasbord of women as well, including a gorgeous belly dancer near the beginning and fleeing damsel with see-through attire, lol.

The villain (Steven Grives) is also strong with his gruesome cannibal/vampire sidekick.

The film runs 88 minutes.
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Good fun . I would have giving this an easy 5 star rating if the star Manu Bennett had been made to look Persian in any way , like long hair & charcoal around the eye's & maybe the classic Sinbad Goatee or even a turban. His acting is fine & I could tolerate a Persian adventurer battling a Greek monster. But They missed a golden opportunity to add a great Sinbad adventure to the list by adding more monsters for Sinbad to battle & making him look more Persian. Think of the time it took for Ray Harryhausen to make the monsters come to life in his three Sinbad movie's & even then he always had at least 5 creatures in each of his three Sinbad offerings! With todays special effects & the same actors in this movie it could have easily been a 5 star rating had they just mimicked the Ray Harryhausen Charles Schneer formula!
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By Renee Cole on July 8, 2014
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By Robert Clark on July 17, 2013
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This movie has nothing to do with any of the legends or stories about Sinbad. Why, when movie makes produce such things, they can't give the main characters other names - Clyde and the Minotaur - for example, I've never figured out. That said, for a cheesy movie with indifferent special effects and indifferent acting, it wasn't bad. Not a great movie, true, but I can't say I regretted watching it.
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By Kenjiro on July 10, 2013
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I thought it would be different, but except for Sinbad, the rest of the actors, especially the Princess...and the girl with the horns who played the witch were terrible!
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It was beyond lame, to the level of Howard the Duck, not worth seeing, and if you do Manu is always cool, and the lead girl is amazingly beautiful, but that is all that is good about this movie!
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