Runtime: 85 minutes
Director: Brent Ryan Green
Starring: William Levy, William Moseley, Serinda Swan
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Final Score: 2.5/10
Set in a war-torn land where tribal factions live in fear of annihilation, a deadly warrior leading a destructive war campaign is betrayed by his own and left for dead. He is healed by a mysterious princess and taken in by a hidden tribe that believes he was chosen to wage a final battle.
The movie feels like an outline for another movie. Scenes are short and are used to explain the story to the audience, but does not move beyond that. The plot follows a fantasy plotline but it just isn’t given enough time to develop. We are never shown or told anything about the world in which the characters are living in except for what’s important for the plot. The main character is unnamed and so are many of the tribes and other characters.
Characters are almost non-existent in this movie. Nobody is given enough screen time to make us care about them. A few lines and some interpreted stares is about as much as we get. Flash backs are used to explain the plot and to try and make us care for the main character. Supporting characters are given even less. None of them are given unique characteristics to endear them to us. Overall, there is just a feeling that all the characters were not fully though out and they just used standard character roles for each one.
The lack of characters makes the romance in the movie hollow. They fall in love only because the movie said they had too. There are some moments between the characters that work towards building a relationship and some scenes of interactions that show them spending some time together, but overall it doesn’t work without caring enough about both characters.
Most of the plot is told through dialogue. Some in the present, some in flash backs. It isn’t bad, nobody is shouting lines or overacting. But there isn’t anything elegant. No epic lines, no quiet moments that pull you into the world. It’s there to move the plot forward.
For a fantasy movie, it sure felt like a sports drama. There are two training montages. Two. Neither of which includes weapon training. The main character uses a weapon at the beginning of the movie then never uses one again. The small number of battles are fought between very small groups of fighters. Mostly just one on one showdowns with fists.
Most of the music is loud electronic fight music that would be better off in Mortal Kombat. There are a few spots where it’s okay, and one scene works well with the harsher music.
The sets are well made, but the sizes and the designs work against them. There are no cities in the movie. We spend most of the time in one village that is filled with tents. The other city mostly resembles an Aztec pyramid.
The same problem is found in the costumes. They are well made, but don’t work well with the sets. The villagers clothes work with their surroundings, simple garments for simple folk. Where the design becomes a problem is with the main enemy’s design. They wear sleek black leather but wield obsidian weapons mounted on sticks and live in pyramids.
There are not many effects in the movie. Blood is shown occasionally and there are a couple of magical effects and color changes for flash backs. The one part that is cool is something that is not fully explained. These clips show two worlds merging with each other and just look awesome.
From the beginning of the movie, the tone feels wrong. From the army that’s five men running around, to the music blaring loudly, the immersion is broken at the start. There are a few scenes throughout that capture small bits of what it wanted to be, but never for long.