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Action packed with a great lead in Kevin Sorbo and a killer baddie in Tia Carrere, Kull The Conqueror exceeded my expectations in its place in the Swords & Sorcery genre. I have no idea why it took me 2 decades to finally see it, but I’m glad I finally did as it’s rewatch-ability is certainly high. My only regret is there’s no sequel to this fun and spirited affair. If you even have the slightest curiosity about it, give it a watch, you’ll almost certainly be glad you did!
Fun action flick. Some interesting characters and good one-liners. One aspect that I really appreciated about this movie (which will not appeal to everyone) is the fact that despite the fact that it is definitely an action movie, there is not a lot of gore. Yes, people are killed, but the amount of blood-spray and corpses is kept to an absolute minimal. Had more story than your typical action movie and the actors were pretty good. Enjoyable. Would recommend this movie.
But have yet to read the Kull stories. So maybe by watching the movie before cracking open the Kull book I may have saved myself from that common problem we all sometimes have. The "this is nothing like the book" problem. So, I was able to watch the movie with fresh or unfiltered eyes. First off, being a fan of the Hercules series, I pictured Kevin Sorbo as perfect for Kull. And I found Tia Carrere as a quick-witted, focused, and intelligent Akivasha. And nice to look at. The plot was simple but the imagery, music, and secondary characters added a lot to the story. I would not say they carried it but they did keep me watching till the end. The background and history of the setting feels a tad tacked on but that may be because I have not yet gone through the Kull stories. In the end I enjoyed it and if you enjoyed it I would also suggest
The 13th Warrior
Conan - The Complete Quest
This is top tier of all the worst elements of late 90's fantasy genre cinematography pounded into one movie- I have no idea why I liked it- maybe the nostalgia figured in- but it is SO BAD. The bones are good, and if it could have a remake and NOT STEAL A CONAN STORY for the plot in Kull, it could potentially be ok.
I was a huge fan of Sword and Sorcery films (Conan, Red Sonya (yes, I know, not the greatest) She, (Sandahl Bergman-now there was a heroine), Xena, Herc and some of the Italian Sword and Sandal), and they don't make em like I liked em any more. I missed this epic when it was on Freeview a few weeks back, so I googled Amazon and found this NTSC version. Now it's no masterpiece, but what it is..is FUN. Kevin Sorbo makes a good Robert Howard hero, all bare muscular torso and (very) long hair, and he does have a pleasnt personality and can act. He is well partnered by the contrasting ladies (as they should be) - Tia Carrere (why was "Relic Hunter" not more popular?), who is sexy and so evil, and the, rather wooden except in a couple of scenes, Karin Lombard. Even our own Douglass Henshall and Edward "Ten Pole" Tudor have good parts. I thought the locations, Eastern Europe, were stunningly filmed, and the action well choreographed, if a bit overlong in places. SFX good for the budget (which I think was perhaps bigger than other reviewers seem to think). The widescreen excellent print all make this a fun film to be enjoyed, not analysed too much, just relax and go back to ancient times with the Conqueroo.