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Except for one. The last Cyclops roams the forested area around Rome, dining on unsuspecting thieves and brigands. A hungry trio spies a drying rack of wool, and pays for their dishonesty with their lives. Cyclops rips through two men, leaving one behind to warn the Emperor Tiberius. Corruption runs rampant through the Roman empire, and Tiberius, with his maniacal pattern of decision making and ambition, has run the gauntlet until his only the most violent `victory' games will do. He sends Marcus Romulus to capture Cyclops for use in the games. An enraged Cyclops kills many of the troops, yet Marcus emerges as a hero, inciting the jealousy of the Emperors' nephew. Popularity is no weapon against blind ambition, and the victory games pit man against Cyclops, friend against friend, and ultimately, freedom against tyranny!
This is one amazing movie. The CGI employed on Cyclops is remarkable, just as the costuming/props used on the Centurions is. A picturesque digital reconstruction of Rome serves as a suitable backdrop for this freedom motivated film. If there is any problem with the production, it is the Victory games pit used. I am not sure that an Emperor as fanatical as Tiberius is depicted as would settle for a small arena, but it does work in the film very well. Another realistic element is that of the format of the games with small side battles climaxing in a major brawl. The background element of the slaves being used in the games instead of building the nephews' villa addition is also factual.Read more ›
In the film, a cyclops is posing a threat to Rome, so Tiberius Caesar(Roberts) orders it's capture. Hero soldier, Marcus, succeeds in capturing the ten foot beast, only to be thanked by having his promotion yanked out from under him and being accused of treason. Tiberius puts the cyclops into the gladiatorial games to compete with slaves and criminals who fight to earn their freedom or death. The cyclops is a vicious brute who rips people limb from limb, decapitates and devours them as well. He even bites off a kid's hand(he was asking for it though. You don't tease a cyclops)! As you might have already guessed, our hero Marcus will eventually be pitted against the cyclops, but Marcus learns that befriending a cyclops can be quite useful, especially if you're planning a rebellion.
This film was fun nonsense. Not historically accurate by any means, but why should it be? Roberts kinda sleepwalks through the evil emperor role, but that really doesn't bring the film down. Considering we're not dealing with a Schmuckheimer budgeted film here, I was actually quite impressed with the look of the film. The movie looks higher budgeted than it probably was and the set design wasn't bad at all. No, it wasn't HBO's Rome, but pretty good I must say.Read more ›
What a hoot. Though I guess this movie wasn't meant to be a comedy, nonetheless I found it funny. Eric Roberts didn't act so much as he smirked his way through the role. And poor Kevin Stapleton simply looked bewildered and out of sorts in a skirt while Craig Archibald sneered appropriately as the villain of the piece. No one looked too happy to appear in this one ring circus. Not to put too fine a point on it, this film is a hack job. Crap from the get-go. Nuttier than a fruitcake. Still, I couldn't help but muster a particular fondness for the mess they made.
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Eric Roberts is not a poor actor, and usually instills a tongue-in-cheek kind of aura to the films he is in, but the poor man can't overcome the horrible acting of just about every... Read morePublished 3 months ago by B Reader
I purchased 'Cyclops' on sale and I'm glad I did. It's not a terrible picture. It's just not worth more than a budget movie. I watched it once and doubt I will watch it again. Read morePublished 4 months ago by James C Girasa
I'm still trying to work out what the Cormans were trying to achieve with their production of 'Cyclops'. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ozzieal
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