Christopher Lambert has a quality about him. Not sure how to crystalise the quality, though. He's hardly "watchable" in the way Christian Bale can capture your attention with his performance, and he can't "act" in the way, say Daniel Day-Lewis can, but he is imminently captivating, rather in the same way Viggo Mortenson is, or perhaps Dolph Lundgren. Somehow, i feel i owe Lambert so much respect for classics such as Fortress and Highlander, that i feel watching him now is one way i can show my respect for him.
So when it comes to Day of Wrath i was expecting a terrible film, but a nice watch to pay homage to one of my cinematic heroes. Not so. The films not bad at all! Its no classic, i admit, but with a supporting performance from Brian Blessed himself and a good 'not just an action role' for Lambert, it was a perfectly enjoyable watch. I am uncertain how historically accurate the whole romp was, and to be honest i didn't entirely follow the plot, which speaks volumes for how entertaining the film is in other aspects of production. It surpasses the "made for DVD / TV" look with some lovely period sets and costumes, but its (and i don't kid you) the performances from the various actors that drives it on. Well worth a watch!