Directed by Michael J. Bassett
2009, 104 mins, Rated R
Re: Based on the comics and novels by the same man that created Conan is a bit more civilized. That is to say, he feels a little bad about killing things and as a general rule, is more concerned with the repercussions of doing so. After learning that Satan wants his soul for some reason, Solomon retreats to a monastery, but is quickly shown the door. So he wanders for a bit until hooking up with a family traveling to the New World. Or something. Really, the important part is that the girl gets kidnapped and Solomon has to start killing again to save her.
Outstanding: Though it parades around all doom and gloom in the posters, this movie does capture some of the pulpy sword and sorcery fun of the Howard stories and classic movies of the genre. The actors and actresses do a fine job and the director shows a fairly restrained hand when it comes to the battle scenes.
Unacceptable: The story is pretty muddled and has a few too many happy coincidences. And there are quite a few instances of the dreaded Digital Blood Spatter.
Summary: Surprisingly decent. Especially considering the fact that I went into it expecting to switch it off after ten minutes. It's a perfect addition to a marathon featuring swords, sorcery and damsels in distress.
Notes: This film was often unfairly compared to Van Helsing upon it's release, mostly due to the similar hats they characters wear. If only Van Helsing had been this good. Sigh.
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