The Last Templar
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Compared to the novel on which the movie was based, the character of Tess is funnier, wittier, and more enchanting on screen than on page. This is due in part to the wonderful portrayal of the character by Mira Sorvino who more than "surprises as a credible intellectual", as fellow reviewer Scott expressed - Sorvino is a Harvard alum who graduated magna cum laude and speaks fluent Chinese and French. She IS a credible intellectual cast in a part that allows her to show that side of her personality. Scott Foley, who portrays Agent Sean Reilly and of whom I've seen less work, was more of a surprise to me, playing the devout Catholic with humor and a touch of whimsy.
Having been raised Catholic but no longer practicing, I found the debates between Tess and Sean about religion to be very interesting and reminiscent of those between my mother and I. The overall theme of exactly what the Templar treasure is will garner your attention, but play second fiddle to the chemistry between Foley and Sorvino.
(Major plot spoiler warning) The one criticism I have is that the film version doesn't explain the treasure as successfully as the novel does. In the novel it is very clear that the treasure is a faked version of the gospel of Jesus, with the intent that it be used to unite all religions. In the film, the ending Templar scenes make the viewer aware the document was falsified, but the reasoning for doing so is never made clear, nor will the viewer necessarily catch this fact the first time through.Read more ›
that criticise usually guide me to a good movie. What ever happened to watching a story just for the sake of being entertained, not "the
dialogue was bad, the plot was terrible, and best of all-Oh that could
never happen." Of course not! It a fictitious story! I enjoyed this story
just because I enjoyed it, does that make me shallow minded, who cares.
Will it win any awards, probably not, will I watch it again, wait till
I get my own copy and can sit back with my daughter and a big bowl of
popcorn. Does that make me a critic, far from it, I just know what I
like, and I enjoyed this one greatly.
Tess has more success solving the crime than the FBI does and cooperates, reluctantly with FBI agent Sean Daley. They embark on a quest to find the killer and perhaps find the legendary treasure of the templars in the process.
This two part TV movie was based on a novel (see The Last Templar) and some changes have been made of course. I think they managed to get most of the important details from the novel into the movie, with one big exception: The villain's motivation. It is not very clear in the movie. There are some too many convienient coincidences that don't seem very credible.
The book was entertaining but not great and the same goes for the movie. After reading some reviews I thought it would be really bad and it had its flaws but I enjoyed it.
THIS one has escaped my attention until I read a review from a CPO onboard a Navy Destroyer.
He thinks the way
do... if it entertains you, and it makes you think --- but not enough to make your brain hurt ---
it's a winner!
Other such films I've enjoyed are:
Ancient Relic... REALLY long AND weird. An "ancient" video-camera in Jesus' tomb? Hmmm!
Librarian : The Curse Of The Judas Chalice
The Librarian - Quest for the Spear
The Librarian - Return to King Solomon's Mines
Miracles - The Complete Series
Meteor, in-as-much-as it's 190 minutes.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
THIS WAS A FUN TV MOVIE, NICE TO A DVD COPY TO WATCH AT HOMEPublished 4 days ago by Carol J. Wooldridge
Probably the most glaring flaw of this rather over-long but somewhat entertaining religious-mystery in the same vain as the Da Vinci Code is its depiction of Turkey which looks... Read morePublished 19 days ago by classicalsteve
Not as expected. But it's ok. If you are a lover of treasure hunts you will be mildly satisfied.Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
Good movie. lots of mystery, action, and history. kept me engaged until the end.Published 2 months ago by Charles Zucco
This is a TV mini-series but I saw it at home, all at once, an almost three hour experience that I do not want to repeat. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Andy McKinney