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Minotaur

2.7 out of 5 stars 112 customer reviews

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In an Iron Age village eight youths must be sacrificed every five years to a bloodthirsty monster, the MINOTAUR. Seen as a god, the offerings are lowered into the Minotaur's vast labyrinth beneath the palace to face the beast... and their death. When his love is lost to the sacrifice, Theo believes she is still alive and sets off to the palace intent on killing the evil bull-god.

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  • Actors: Tom Hardy, Michelle Van Der Water, Tony Todd, Lex Shrapnel, Jonathan Readwin
  • Directors: Jonathan English
  • Writers: Nick Green, Stephen McDool
  • Producers: Andrew J. Curtis, Andrew Warren, Antonio Guadalupi, Bjorg Veland, Bobby Sheng
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: June 20, 2006
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F7CDY4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,094 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Minotaur" on IMDb

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By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 23, 2006
Format: DVD
Theseus is pretty much a forgotten figure when it comes to Hollywood movies based on Greek mythology. You are more likely to find Theseus in a television series, especially if Hercules is the main character, or in a production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." There is a 1961 Italian film, "Teseo contro il minotauro," but that is just another forgotten "sword and sandals" beefcake film. Theseus is considered the greatest hero in Athenian history and while someday his story will be given the same treatment the Perseus ("Clash of the Titans"), Achilles ("Troy"), Odysseus ("The Odyssey"), and even Jason ("Jason and the Argonauts") have received, I am here to tell you that "Minotaur" is not that film. In the final analysis, this is not so much a bad film as one that is just not good.

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).
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Upon finishing this movie, 2 questions come to mind: 1)WHY did they bother to make this?? and 2)HOW did the 2 idiots that wrote this moronic screenplay get any employment in the film industry?? For starters, why did they not make this closer to the legend and set it in ancient Greece instead of "the iron age"? I mean, "Theo" from the village of "Thena", sheesh! I know people today aren't as educated as they should be, but the writers display an absolute contempt for their audience that is unforgiveable. And did they think we would care about a bunch of annoying, 25 yr old "teenagers" who are apparently too mentally challenged to shut the hell up after the first one or two get killed because they wouldn't, well, shut the hell up? Did they think we were stupid enough to believe that? Not half as stupid as the writers who couldn't come up with anything better. And the saddest part is that this flick doesn't even have enough heart to be unintentionally funny. One would think the director would have fired the writers or at least tried to improve on the script, but, no. Apparently, the director had also suffered from oxygen deprivation in his youth.

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.
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Minotaur has everything needed in a movie to keep the viewer slightly interested.

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.
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Spoiler Alert/ read amazon's product description to know what the movie is about. Only read my review for the film's pros and cons.
Okay, there are a few pros and cons to this film
Pros:
(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.

Cons:
(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.
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