King Solomon's Mines Reviews
Girl who can't do anything right looking for her father who headed for the Solomon's Mine.
Filled with some Cheesy scenes.
Once they did find her father it was a race to Solomon's Mines with the girl causing problems as they go.
Richard Chamberlain, as iconi adventurer Allan Quatermain is costumed to look like Indy but he plays him more like Steve Guttenberg's Officer Mahoney from Police Academy. And there is no chemistry whatsoever between him and Sharon Stone's spoiled rich girl Jesse Huston. Vilains John Rhys-Davies and Herbert Lom (notice a pattern here?) chew the scenery relentlessly, and, as always, the effects are abysmal. Director J. Lee Thompson (The Guns of Navarone) saw much better days.
The film is kind of exhausting, actually, since it moves from one action sequence to another with barely any break. While at first I was amused by its audacity, at about the film's halfway point I had lost interest and was only half-paying attention to it. A decent flick if you're tired of Indiana Jones and want a similar movie to it, just don't expect much out of it.
Richard Chamberlain does a surprisingly good Harrison Ford impression, though I never really bought John Rhys-Davies as John Rhys-Davies. Herbert Lom is okay as the obligatory German officer. Sharon Stone is slightly less obnoxious than Kate Capshaw but doesn't even compare to Marion.
I should hate this film for slavishly stealing from Indy, but the result ends up being entertaining enough for me to forgive it. After all, if you're going to steal, steal from the best.
It's also the only film to reveal the curious fact that when black people fall far enough they explode. It was unclear whether this applies to white people as well since none of them fell. Experimentation is clearly in order.
A clear Indiana Jones cash-in made by Cannon that fails in almost every way in being a better film than Spielberg's classics. Having said that it is still an enjoyable movie with tons of action, fun, if a little silly, set pieces and a decent cast, worth a watch but don't expect Indy levels of quality.