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Hollywood Props Warehouse
on January 26, 2012
(1.) There's actually a Hollywood props warehouse where all the studios store props, costumes, etc., to be reused over and over. Well, this film must have raided that warehouse. I saw costumes, swords, sets, gold chalices from every era and movie ever made. Yes, another Book of the Dead prop.
(2.) And, the costumes had that cheap, machine cut and patterned, faux leather look with lots of big brassy baubles that have no value other than to look shiny to Magpies that like to collect them for nesting. I wonder if the fashion design students that are hired have any historical or practical knowledge of the period/subject.
(3.) The script seemed like a melt between 21st century urban jargon and script writers that have watched too many early 20th century B movies about ancient Romans, Greeks, Mesopotamians, whatever with their pretend period language. My favorite line was "Death to the invaders!" How many movies have we heard that line from?
(4.) What can one say about the acting other than they must have had a week to fill, or it's the usual Willis over-the-hill just show up and regurgitate my stereotype acting.
(5.) Directing, and this is great, just one example. Around 13 minutes into the film our two heros attack a campsite of thieves; needless to say, lots of really bad fighting scenes. So, the bad guys get tossed into the campfire which happens to be heating a metal pot propped between two poles. The bad guys thrash around destroying the pot and fire and run off, also on fire. The very next scene we see our two conquering heros admiring how they pummeled the thieves and guess what is standing right next to them? The campfire, as if nothing had happened, with the pot miraculously standing undisturbed between the two poles.
(6.) Can't wait for Scorpion KIng 4.