Warrior & The Sorceress [Import]
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Frankly, I am a fan of all genres of B-grade films, but the mystical films are not one of my favorite subsets of cheese. This one basically pits Kain, the 'Dark One', against everyone. He is a mercenary for hire to the highest bidder (although the trailer says it is the ultimate fight between good and evil): Carradine spends most of the film switching allegiances based on pecuniary considerations. It is tough to keep up with which side he's on at times, but in the end, inspired by the sorceress he sides with the peasant revolt and helps kill off the pig-faced slavers. Thematically, the film centers on the value of water as a natural resource and Kain's bank account.Read more ›
"The Warrior and the Sorceress" resembles Albert Pyun's "Omega Doom," which in turn is a rip off of Akira Kurosawa's 1961 film "Yojimbo." It is amazing there are still filmmakers who will copy this film (Omega Doom was made in the late 1990s), but such is life. Why come up with a new idea when an old one will still draw in the dupes? I actually saw a few things to like in Pyun's effort. I saw little to enjoy in "The Warrior and the Sorceress.Read more ›
The special effects were kept to a minimum, almost to the point of non-existance, with most of the effort expended on sets and costumes for the lizardmen. The props were (admittedly) rudimentary with only one or two outstanding examples of swords.
The acting was ... patchy, I believe is the best word. It might be that under another director the actors would have delivered a more consistent performance. The fight choreography and stunt work, well let's say you can tell they are trying not to hurt each other, but on the other hand Maria Socas was a definite pleasure to ogle, and her acting about on a par with her cohorts.
All in all, for what it was and what they had to work with, this is definitely a cut above the rest.
My final rating: OK (Wow, OK, Eh, Sigh, Blech, Ach Ptooey).
While it is true that "Fistfull of Dollars" was a remake of the Kurosawa classic "Yojimbo", "Dollars" was a legitemate film in its own right. "Warrior and the Sorceress" is just a knockoff copy of both films, set for some reason on another planet.
David Carradine plays Kain, a "dark warrior" who is a stand-in for Clint Eastwood with a sword. The name Kain, of course, is the same name as perhaps Carradine's most famous character, from the classic "Kung Fu" television series. Obviously, the producers were trying to capitalize on Carradine's fame as much as possible, just as the producers of another copycat movie "Double Double-Oh-Seven" gave "star" Neil Connery (younger brother of the more famous actor), the character name of... Connery!
Other than being healthily in her prime (as you can tell when she's topless), Socas is forgettable. Carradine is obviously mugging his way through the horrible dialogue (probably hoping the movie would never be seen outside of its native Argentina).
Probably the only other somewhat recognizable actor is Anthony De Longis, who plays a Captain of the Guard. De Longis coreographed the fights in this and many other (more legit) films, and if you recognize the voice, you might just put it together with one of his best-known parts; the Kazon leader Cullah on "Star Trek: Voyager".Read more ›
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