Devil's Tomb [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Basically the title is the worst plot spoiler of all and ignoring the basic flaw concerning personal involvement from the start, the poor choice of weaponry for the location and the inept operational procedures of the ‘elite’ team, [lose a *]this is a good adventure yarn with plenty of atmosphere but a poor unresearched script.
The single disc plays 3 trailers before going to main menu offering play, scene selection and subtitles on/off. With some strong gore, disgusting special effects and some morally highly disturbing scenes, swearing [but not much considering] and nudity, this is undeniably an 18 rating. Unfortunately the first half is too amateurish and lacks character development and it’s hard to see where the $10 million budget went [lose a *]. The second half is quite good [almost *****], but almost comes too late to pull it back from the precipice of failure.
If you like these Good vs Evil semi theological tales then you may find this okay but honestly the religious backdrop lacks any knowledge of the subject, being garbled and riddled with errors and ‘The Prophesy’ or any of the 4 poor sequels would be a better choice.
But of course, there are evil things afoot.
Even worse than that though, the film itself is very poor.
The characters are cliché and one dimensional and end up looking like the roster of characters from a poorly conceived videogame. There's the token big guy, called Hammer, the medic that insists "just call me Doc" and even the `computer guy' is the glasses wearing newbie, called Click. Although to be fair I did find some unintentional humour from that when, later on when he goes missing and Mack calls out to him. This gives us a scene in which we get to see Cuba Gooding waving a gun around shouting "Click! Click! Click!" It's as if he's playing toy soldiers and is making a noise that signifies he's run out of ammo.
In addition the film is also poorly written and directed. Mack keeps having flashbacks but they feel intrusive as they are ineptly woven in to the film and happen with alarming frequency. I think there were at least 5 times in the first hour where we got to see Mack zone out and go into flashback mode.
A favourite moment of badly handled filmmaking is when one of the characters self sacrifices and blows themselves up but we are not shown them activating an explosive or pulling the pin from a grenade. They just stick their arms in the air (ok they are holding something but it's not clear what it is it could of been an old banana for all I know), then there's a bleep and they explode.
I realise this may sound as if I'm being overly nitpicky but the film just isn't entertaining.Read more ›
Just about every cliche is covered, plus one or two dreadful errors. The Book of Hebrews is mentioned as being in the Old Testament.. this in a movie whose premise is based around religion!!
The movie did give me one positive. If scripts this bad can make it to the screen, then there's hope for me as a writer.
Totally forgettable. You'll be better entertained watching paint dry for a couple of hours.
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I can't believe what an unbelievably bad movie this is.
The movie aims to work as one of those "guys on a mission who get into trouble" movies but it just doesn't work... Read more
Not the most exciting, or the best screenplay, or anything really.
It's about as realistic as Blairs's claims before the "great adventure"
It's always nice to review something good, but sometimes you just have to slum it with the trash. And that's why I'm here today. Read morePublished on 29 May 2011 by Jim Blue