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Like many potentially great sci-fi flicks THE WARLORD suffers from many problems caused by its starvation budget. Though it was shot for peanuts in 1996 as a t-v pilot on the Paramount back lot -- and looks it-- it nevertheless has a lot to recommend it. It is worth watching if only to see veteran Rod Taylor back in harness and to see yet another brilliant performance by multi-talented teen Elisabeth Harnois. (I can't understand by Hollywood doesn't recognize this youngster's extraordinary talents. She should have been a super star long ago.) The cast does an excellent job with a weak script and Joe Dante's direction is flawless. I found THE WARLORD to be an entertaining two hours,infinitely better than much of the dreck that is passing as excellent cinema in these strange days.
OK, the ending was rather disappointing because it was shot as a pilot, but
i definitely would have watched the series.
A nice mix from various Sci-Fi-Elements like the "Old General who served the
Republic before" .... A advanced technological race who wants to
"assimilate" the galaxy ....
I think if the characters had a little more time to develop it would have been interesting.
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As a movie, it's a bit flat and the plot reads like the summary for a
Nintendo game. Her's sister gets kidnapped by the bad guys, and he
gathers a ragtag team of adventurers to save them. A retired general, a
reformed bad guy, a telepath, a kid (not as annoying as Wesley), and
some woman whose purpose is to take up space on the bridge. The movie
can't match StarWars for effects, but it's marginally better than
Episode 1 and Episode 2.
As a TV Pilot (which it is), it's very similar to Andromeda, with a civilization thrown in chaos, and the heroes having to restore civilization to save the galaxy. It's a 70s type space opera with improved effects and better set design. While it had the same potential but the "To Be Continued" type ending can lead you with a bad taste in your mouth if you're not ready for it. I was somewhat saddened to find out that there was no series, so the entire movie was a setup for an ending that will never be made.
A "to be continued movie...not continued". This best describes my over all feeling of disappointment with this TV pilot. Fans of Rod Taylor (I didn't know he was an Aussie!) will enjoy seeing the 70 something actor going through his paces (in an Aussie accent) in this predictable scifi film. The film reminds me of Gene Rodenberry's "Andromeda" (Long lost ship vehicle). Some good performaces... but as this was only a pilot be forewarned that the film only serves as a vehicle for future stories of which there were none.
this is an excellent movie and i would like to see it turned in to a tv series
Hello, saw this film and do not like it so much. Was a cheap film with
cheap performance. The story is quite OK, but it seemed a bit strange
Nice is, that one antagonist is not an one dimensional as it seems to be always.
Only the CGI was OK for me and the sister seemed very nice, she is so smart; love it.
But this film has no real ending for me. Because the film is short it looks, that they ran out of money.
Looks like a part 2 to come, but there is none ...
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Out of all the movies I've ever seen, this film has the worst ending of them all. I CAN'T think of a movie which has a worse ending, in all seriousness. This nearly two-hour film (with commercials, anyways) almost entirely consists of an act one, the introduction to the story. The story begins when the main character and his friends, on this Andromeda-like starship, set off in search of his sister, who has been kidnapped by aliens. THAT'S THE ENDING. It is an EXCELLENT example of how NOT to structure a movie. TV movies are notorious for this (2002's "Disappearance"), but this...THIS...my God, what were they thinking?! Yes, I know, this was meant to be a pilot for a TV series, but when viewed in itself (particularly since a series never materialized, to my knowledge), it stands as such a complete unmitigated failure that the ending completely brings down the rest of the movie (which is admittedly quite boring), making it deserving of nothing more than one star. If I could give it a zero, I would.
I like science fiction; and it's nearly impossible for me to walk out of a movie or change the channel in the middle of a story--but this stinker taxed my limits. There is next to no story, the dialogue is thin and weak, the special effects are overall mediocre, and the movie goes nowhere in 2 hours. The only good part was the beginning with a few good scenic shots and an intro that had some promise. What a letdown afterwards! Don't waste your precious time with this.... I give it 3 out of 10.
I would like to make clear that it is very hard for a science fiction movie to dissapoint me but this one most certainly does. Although the box doesnt make it clear, this movie was designed to set the scene for a television series. The acting is below average and the plot is completely unorriginal. The opening scenes see a simple man loose his younger sister who happens to be a genius and then vowes to find her. There's nothing here you havent seen before and the ending might as well say "To Be Continued....". I dont recommend this movie to anyone who likes the science fiction genre.
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