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on 23 January 2017
I don't watch Mythical films but as I am a huge Tom Hardy fan I had to add this to my collection and it was a good film plenty of action some gore but in context with the film and once again Tom was great and this sort of film suites him . I liked the fact I could follow the story as well. All Tom Hardy fans treat your self good film
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on 14 June 2008
Although low budget and only one big name actor in it (Rutger Hauer - in a small part), I was rather impressed by this blend of horror and fantasy.

This is based (unsurprisingly) on Theseus and the Minotaur legend, however most legends have some basis in fact and this film attempts to portray iron-age settlements being conquered and submitting to the whims of the long-lost Minoan sea-based empire which seemed to be ruled from modern-day Crete.

The script and story is simplistic but because of imaginative direction and some nice sets and good location-filming this comes across as a fast-paced historical horror-fantasy.

(Compared to the big budget film Troy, this film was filled with nice visual ideas about a lost culture with some interesting statues, costumes, e.t.c. Troy on the other hand seemed clueless)

Moments in the catacomb scenes with the pursuing beast reminded me of `The Descent' and it had some interesting ideas about the lost Minoan empire, such as the rulers getting high on drugs and using the same methods to sedate the victims of "the beast".
The baddie was Tony Todd , perhaps best known for his role as 'The Candyman' and he seemed to be enjoying the part of the Minoan King and using his voice to good menacing effect.
The only slight gripe is that the Minoans would have been Greek or Greek-looking rather than African-looking, as Herodotus clearly tells us that the last survivors of their race relocated to northern Greece and shared some of their technological innovations with the locals (arguably helping with their sudden advancement).

But for a bit of low-budget escapisim its not bad!

8/10
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on 8 June 2011
Dont get your hopes up with this film. Rutger Hauer appears in the first 10 minutes of the film as the aged father of Theo (Theseus is the hero from mythology). The story follows a group of young youths and maidens sent to be sacrificed to King Minos Minotaur - (A punishment for killing a prince of Minos' kingdom). I always thought the minotaur was from Crete, a large island south of modern day Turkey. But the boat seems to have travelled to Nubia, with Tony Todd doing an admirable job as the lunatic king obsessed by his beautiful sister who he wants to marry. He repeatedly takes 'hits' from a shell filled with a mind-altering gas. The CGI is laughable - the Minotaur looks like a huge defleshed bull with a bull's skull head. The creature stalks the young maidens and youths goring them to death one by one - as they scream and shout at each other To be quiet! Its mindless entertainment - on par with Xena or Hercules but with a bit of gore added
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on 11 June 2017
Fairly predictable mythological yarn Not bad
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on 16 June 2017
terrible
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on 17 March 2013
stupid story poor creature robotics i can't imagine why tom hardy got involved with such rubbish he is much better than that
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on 3 February 2013
Tom Hardy is a great character actor but the plot and supporting cast for this film is poor. Not much action or interest in the film. One to add to the Tom hardy collection though.
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on 8 May 2010
the movie started off very interesting. It seemed to promise big things. However, the storyline moved too quickly and left me wondering what the hell happened! Tony Todd played his part very well, where as the lead guy wasn't very convincing. In the end the movie seemed like a whole big waste of time. The extra features are even more disappointing. Buy with extra caution please.
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on 28 November 2014
I am a great fan of Tom Hardy but this really is a second rate film. Very poor - turned off half way through.
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Although obviously made on a (very) low budget, this mythical monster movie is a pretty decent Saturday night film, best consumed with a takeaway and a six-pack. The majority of the plot consists of the tributes, a group of young people, being picked off one by one in the minotaur's labyrinth - a kind of bronze-age Aliens, if you like.
Although Rutguer Hauer's name is big on the credits, he only appears in a couple of scenes right at the beginning. Most of the film is given over to a very young Tom Hardy. TBH, if Hardy had carried on making movies like this one then we wouldn't at all familiar with him today - it hardly stretches his acting ability. But he does a good turn, running and yelping in dark caves; searching for his lost love who was offered to the beast the previous year.
The SFX are minimal but acceptable. Tony Todd puts in a sterling turn as the bull-worshipping, power-crazed, incestuous kingling. And the writers did find a few plots twists and turns to stretch the story to 80 minutes without it dragging or being too repetitive.
So this is the kind of film which if you come to it with low expectations and s sense of humour then you'll probably find it quite entertaining. There's plenty of bloody death and screeching gurlies, for folk who like that kinda thing.
The 'special features' are a bit limited, which is entirely in keeping with the rest of the film.
6/10
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