Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage (2014)
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What a nightmare of an adventure movie... not because it was scary, but because it is so bad that I am trying to be as gentle as possible in this review. Shahin Sean Solimon did everything he could in this movie, I bet he even made sandwiches for the crew... and probably the sandwiches, like everything else connected with this movie, were tasteless!
I've never seen a movie inspired by some of the most popular tales to be so un-inspirational and simply dull! The stupidity starts with the first scene and keeps going and going... for full hour and ten minutes - which seems like lasting over 2 hours! I simply loved one of the scenes when Sinbad and his love, the princess, fly over the city in a balloon... he smiles and waves down and she smiles and waves straight forward, maybe to the birds?! Or when the princess jumps at the front of the Sultan like idiotic child... or one of the sword fights with the six armed goddess, which conveniently is using only two of those arms when fighting our hero... even the misspelling in the credits will be easy to spot... from writing, directing, acting, editing, special effects to literacy, take your pick and find easily the things bellow any standards.
If you are in a mood for a short feature adventure with famous character, which will try to warn you out with bad acting, directing and screenplay employing some of the animation special effects still used in the primary school films, please, check this one! It will make you appreciate life, even if it's a really bad one.
Not particularly strong in the story or acting departments (the actress playing Parisa couldn't deliver a line to save her life and the actor playing The Deev apparently never got the memo that there's a veryyy fine line between hammy and terrible) but it's a fun brief ride with lots of nifty effects and visuals. The stop-motion effects would've made Harryhausen proud.
Beyond the film's aesthetic triumphs, it also offers plenty of exhilarating excitement, thrills and suspense as Sinbad goes on his adventure to save the princess while battling all sorts of creatures, including the Cyclops, along the way. The fight scenes, combined with the stop-motion animation, are quite fun and, in B-movie style, they're even a little bit campy. Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage is the kind of film that should be seen on the big screen with a large group of friends. Fans of Ray Harryhausen should rejoice. If there were any justice, it would become a cult classic.
This film is a superbly acted, exciting and violent ride! In the pursuit of justice, there will be blood. But this time, you'll be rooting for the good guy, and I, a fifty years young woman, loved every minute of it!
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