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First of all, if you were expecting this to be the story of Theseus, the young prince of Athens, who slew the Minotaur in the Labyrinth that Daedalus built for King Minos beneath his palace on the island of Crete, you are going to be sadly mistaken. First time screenwriters Nick Green and Stephen McDool set the story in the Iron Age, which means it smacks more of Robert E. Howard and the Hyborian Age of Conan the Barbarian than it does of the poet Homer and the Golden Age of Greece. So we are talking dark stone rather than white marble, or even the colorful frescoes from the Minoan palace at Knossos. Historically the Iron Age refers to the Dark Ages of Greece, which came after the dominance of the Mycenaeans, which extended beyond the High Minoan period that ended with Knossos being destroyed (specifically, iron tools are in use in Greece after 1050 BCE, while the Mycenaean take over of Knossos was four hundred years earlier).Read more ›
Some have mentioned that this is a bigger budget cut above the typical sci-fi network production. Unfortunately, though they threw more money at it, they used the same, no-vision incompetents that make all their other pathetic movies, so they might as well have flushed that money down the toilet. Too bad, because the FX work on the monster was actually pretty decent. Interesting take on the minotaur, too (instead of a human body with a bull's head, it is a quadruped bull with deformed human-like features). Saying that this one is better than Sci-Fi's other movies is no compliment at all.Read more ›
The king, Deucalion, (Tony Todd) decrees eight children must be sacrificed to the minotaur every five years because a prince was killed in the city. The king's men come and pick the 8.
Theo (Tom Hardy), son of the town's leader, Cyman, (Rutger Hauer) replaces one of the chosen because his girlfriend Didi (Lucy Brown).
The king, who believes himself to be a god also has a thing for his sister, Raphealla (Michelle Van Der Water) and wants her to "receive his seed". He is upset when the sister has the hots for one of the potential sacrifices and spurns his advances.
Raphealla goes down the pit to find Theo and become a potential fodder for the Minotaur. This displeases her brother greatly. He also descends to try to find his sister.
The close ups of the Minotaur are really crappy. However, the CGI isn't that bad. Acting if what one would expect from a two-bit flick, but it's not a total train wreck. In fact, overall, it isn't too bad.
Okay, there are a few pros and cons to this film
(1) The costumes, sets (including the maze), and props were very realistic looking/ believable. The audience will not watch this and say "oh that looks so fake." Excluding some moments of the CG minotaur.
(2) The acting was done well/ believable for the most part. I can't honestly say that there was one actor that I felt like he/she was acting. Everybody came across realistic enough for such a film (can't blame the actors for the aquard story/pacing).
(3) On some level this movie resembled the bare-bones of the authentic minotaur story (beast in the labrynth, and so on)
(4) There was no sex in this film (I put this in both pros and cons depending on your tastes), however there was a bewitched girls kissing girls scene. Also, hints of insists (the priest/ruler wanted his queen/sister to conceive his child), and so on.
(1) Okay, I'll be honest with you, I was expecting to see a half -bull/ half -man minotaur. However, this is not what I got. At the beginning of the movie it is implied (by narrator and maze carvings) that the minotaur was created by the union of a human woman, and a real bull. Even the baby minotaur had the appearance (the little I could see of it) of the legendary half and half creature. However, the adult minotaur looked more like a deformed/ dying / eye-less bull. Also, it moved like a real bull by running on all fours (did not have hands). The adult minotaur did not have any human qualities to it's appearance. Personally, I lost interest in the film the moment I saw the adult minotaur.Read more ›
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Yes, its campy and the effects are not full "Hollywood style", but what's not to like about Tom Hardy and Rutger Hauer? Read morePublished 3 months ago by J. Dolan
The story line was ok, Tom Hardy was great as always, kind of long but watched it solely because Tom Hardy was in it. They could have done better on the backgroundPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
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