Code of the Templars
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`Code of the Templars' is a veritable smorgasbord of conspiracy theories and grail legends, with a heavy dose of the Highlander series thrown in for good measure. Before the movie is over you'll uncover along with the Holy Grail, the tomb of Jesus, the Holy Shroud, the spear of Longinus and oddly enough the sword of William Wallace. The storyline borrows liberally from such well known films as; 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade', 'Excalibur' and 'Underworld' with maybe a little 'Romeo and Juliet'. However the real inspiration of this cinematic endeavor is definitely the old Highlander television series.
Negatives: One of the first things you'll notice is the dialogue is dubbed, not badly done but somewhat disconcerting here and there. It sounds stiff, distant and unemotional, reminiscent of an old Mario Bravo film from the '60's. The second major flaw is the soundtrack. The music is substandard to say the least and doesn't add anything to the mood or atmosphere of the film. The third and biggest dissapointment is the unoriginal, unsatisfying ending.
Postives: The acting is better than expected, a few of the performances are excellent in fact. My favorite role was the part of the main villain Ares Saintclair played by Oliver Masucci. Ares dresses in all black attire and drives a sleek black sports car adorned with the personalized lincense plate DEV 666, leaving no mistake as to which side of the battle between good and evil he belongs.Read more ›
Don't expect anything realistic about the Knights Templar or the Priory of Sion. Don't expect anything realistic to the Holy Blood, Holy Grail theory. Don't EVEN begin to compare this movie with Highlander! I don't know what parts of the DaVinci Code or Angels and Demons they were working off of, but this movie will take you through both, but not exceptionally well.
Don't get me wrong, I love a fantasy adventure novel/movie, but there is the exigency for that brief air of believability.
I did not dwell on the brief moments of the English dubbing not matching the German mouthing. Too much of the rest of the movie kept me awestruck by the impalusibility and allowed my to devote three hours of my life to seeing what came next.
Sorry for being the curmudgeon, but don't waste your money on this DVD. Or rent it from the movie store. Or borrow it for free from the library.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this movie, twice I've ii. Thank you!Published 5 months ago by Richard A. Hovington
While the premise sounds good, this movie ends up being nothing more than a pastiche of fantasy tropes, conspiracy cliches, underdeveloped points, plot holes, wooden acting and... Read morePublished on December 18, 2011 by Michael Edward Mitchell
GENERALLY I HAVE DOUBTS ABOUT RENTING OR WATCHING A DUBBED FILM FOR VARIOUS REASONS. I WASN'T DISAPPOINTED WITH THIS THOUGH. Read morePublished on April 12, 2007 by Kira