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The Minion (1998)

R  |   |  Action, Fantasy, Horror  |  1998 (South Africa)
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New York, Christmas Eve, 1999 - at the dawn of the new millennium - a subway construction crew unearths an eight hundred year old Celtic skeleton and a mysterious key. Archeologist Karen ... See full summary »

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Lukas Sadorov
Françoise Robertson ...
Karen Goodleaf
Roc LaFortune ...
David Schulman
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Lieutenant Roseberry
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Dante
Jean-Marc Bisson ...
Bernard
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James Bradford ...
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Tedd Dillon ...
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New York, Christmas Eve, 1999 - at the dawn of the new millennium - a subway construction crew unearths an eight hundred year old Celtic skeleton and a mysterious key. Archeologist Karen Goodleaf is called in to determine the meaning of the discovery. News of the discovery reaches a Middle East monastery where the warrior monks knowns as the Knights Templer - an ancient sect entrusted with protecting holy relics - choose their best pupil, Lukas (Dolph Lundgren) to face the diabolical threat. As Lukas races to New York, an evil Minion seizes Karen and uses its body like a parasite and host. Lukas arrives just in time to rescue Karen and despatch the Minion. The Minion takes hold of another host - revealing that it is immortal. As it cuts a path of destruction through the city, decimating a parking garage and leaving a trail of death, Karen realizes that the Minion can't be killed - but only delayed from finding a new host. Written by anonymous

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The door to evil is about to be opened. Only he can keep it locked. See more »

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Action | Fantasy | Horror

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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »
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1998 (South Africa)  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Michele Soavi and Avi Nesher (producer) were attached to direct the film. See more »

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Towards the end of the movie, when they came out of the tunnel thing at the nuclear plant, Lundgren asked where the nearest International Airport is. The response was to the effect if they crossed the border at Cornwall, then Montreal International was the closest. First off...the airport at Montreal, at the time the movie was made was called Dorval not Montreal International. (It has since been renamed Pierre Elliot Trudeau International) Secondly, if they crossed the border at Cornwall, the nearest International Airport would be Ottawa International, about 1 - 1 1/2 hours from the border. See more »

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When your movie is envious of "End of Days"... you know it sucks
11 December 2014 | by (Winnipeg) – See all my reviews

"The Minion" (a.k.a. "Fallen Knight" here in Canada) is a boring fantasy action flick with bad acting, a lazy script and with a budget so thin (too thin for grenade explosions apparently) that there's no way any audience could see it without being disappointed. The film is so poorly written that there is absolutely no drama or tension. The plot, not that you will remember or care by the time the movie is over, concerns a warrior belonging to an ancient order or super priests who have to prevent "The Minion", a servant of the Antichrist from opening a doorway to Hell and unleashing the apocalypse every thousand years. The Minion is able to possess the bodies of people, so even when our hero Lukas (Dolph Lundgren) or the woman who decides to join his quest, Karen (Françoise Robertson) get rid of it, the big bad will just come back in the body of another person. You would think that would make for some sort of excitement, particularly when you see Lukas' ridiculous spiked gauntlet thing, but the movie wastes every opportunity to deliver. An obvious plot point for example, would be for a character we care about to be possessed by "The Minion" to create the "are they going to find a way to bring him back, or are they going to have to kill their friend?" scenario but this never happens. I also took offense to the multiple displays of racism throughout. Instead of giving the villains personalities or setting up situations that would have you cheer for the protagonists, they just use this as a cheap trick to get you riled up. Even if you are a hardcore fan of Dolph Lundgren, the action scenes are bad so there's no reason to see this. (Canadian release on VHS tape, August 1, 2012)


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