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A hero, as highly regarded as any knight could hope to be, looses everything with the death of his love and sinks into the lowest of states in his depression. Nothing has any meaning anymore except the last symbol of his lost love in a material object, a ring lost in a drunken gamble. It is the thinest of straws for a drowning man to grasp but he sets out to recover it and along the way, recovers much more, his humanity, honor, and self respect.
I have always enjoyed this genre of film (medieval warrior films) and have many in my collection and have never been moved to write a review on any before but am complelled to do so by the narrow views taken by others here. Only a low budget film 'could' have focused on an inner struggle and not been overshadowed by special effects. The natural landscape and music more than make up for this. I even appreciated the ending with 'honor restored and life continues' without needed everything wrapped neatly into an ending. It has no end. It is a beginning with hope for all that is good to be set on the path once again.
My only main criticism was the mystical dog. Man does have a symbiotic relationship with that animal but this was either completely overdone (magical and appears when needed and does what is needed) or underdone (the relationship is not developed enough).Read more ›
I gave this a good review as I feel there is a need for a true "art film" in the independent category. Although not a strong plot, it was beautifully directed and scored and I can't wait to see what these talented young film artists do for an encore.
In fact the film was made as a topographic advertisement for the natural beauties of the singularly varied landscape of Oregon with funding by their tourist board and, as most of the other reviewers have not failed to notice, using amateur actors. Admittedly American accents are not very welcome in a story set in some sort of medieval period even when not actually based on any real historical time of place but in the all-purpose medieval ethos familiar from many bad fantasy novels and Hollywood films it's something that we've often had to accept and even in films actually set in the Biblical times and the real Middle ages. So these amateur actors from Oregon don't need to apologise unduly, and it IS only their accents rather than their acting which is a problem.
Because of the nature of the Oregon landscape and choice of locations which I can call the 'art direction' the result is that the visual aspect of the film achieves a much better sense of a 'secondary world' ( in Tolkien's sense of the term) than any other fantasy film I have ever seen, including all those misguided and disappointing LOTR films of Peter Jackson's in which he chose landscapes with very little of the right English atmosphere they should have had, especially in the first of the three films.Read more ›
The movie takes place in a fantasy medieval time and chronicles the journey of a down-on-his-luck knight named Asbrey who goes in search of a precious ring he gambled away while in a drunken stupor. Along the way he meets a variety of characters including an eccentric old man who lives alone and imparts wisdom to the weary knight and a comical sidekick named Glim who starts out as a foe but becomes a friend. Since the dialogue is minimal, the story is told primarily through the images (which are stunning) and the spelndid music score (composed by Rob Simonsen who also plays Glim). The performances (particulary by lead actor Blake Stadel) are quite good as well.
Of course, the film is not perfect. Though it is only 103 minutes, it feels longer. I think another 10-12 minutes could have been trimmed off its running length without affecting the narrative.Read more ›
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Granted I was about 6 shots in when I started watching this terrible film, but I'm glad i was.Published 2 months ago by Zach
This is the worst movie I've ever seen. It was just bad. The fight scenes could have been choreographed by a blind mongoloid. Read morePublished on July 25, 2014 by Jared Lehmann
I love this movie.
That said, this isn't a typical movie and tends to get expectations it doesn't fill.
This is a low-action medieval movie. Read more
The service in receiving this movie was exemplary. I wanted a copy so I could point myself out to friends and family. Read morePublished on October 8, 2009 by N. Brakefield
I can't review this item because I haven't received it. I contacted the seller by e-mail and he has not responded. Very bad business.Published on September 23, 2008 by Theresa del Pomar
Buried somewhere deep within WESTENDER'S meandering script there's a good story waiting to break out. And so for over an hour-and-a-half I watched and waited for that to happen. Read morePublished on July 21, 2008 by K. Jump
Wow. I watch a LOT of film...and manage to enjoy most of it just for production's sake, or for my own edification. Read morePublished on February 16, 2008 by Production Veteran
I picked this movie up secondhand. I'm not quite sure I agree with any of the reviewers who gave it 1 or 5 stars. Read morePublished on September 1, 2007 by John B. Gardner