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Years ago, the people grew so greedy and hedonistic that they were no
longer satisfied with worshiping a mythical god, so the Queen had sex
with a bull and produced the Minotaur. Didn't turn out so good, a few
deaths were involved, and the creature was placed in a labyrinth
beneath the palace. Now every third year eight people are cast into the
labyrinth as a sacrifice.
This had surprisingly high production values for a Sci-Fi original. All the sets were quite nicely done, and even the Minotaur looked very good. On the bad side, the characters just didn't have much character, nor screen presence, and it got pretty boring towards the middle. The worst part was that, when trapped in a series of caves with a killer critter, what would a person do? Perhaps be quiet so as not to attract the attention of the beast? Not these folks. The main character especially seems almost incapable of grasping the situation; He yells at the top of his lungs on numerous occasions. Once, the Minotaur is only a few feet away and the guy still can't shut up. He's also convinced that his girlfriend, who was sacrificed three years earlier, might still be alive somehow. I couldn't quite figure out how anyone could be so dumb as to believe such a thing. There's also a woman who screams a lot - not just a regular scream, but a long, long scream. Maybe ten seconds in duration. That's a real joy to listen to.
Two of the more entertaining characters are the high priest and priestess who are in charge of the kingdom. The priest likes smoking from a bull skull, and wants to get it on with the priestess. Seeing that she's his sister, she's rather cool on the idea, and jumps into the labyrinth as well. She's about the only interesting person down there. And one of the few people who speaks in such a manner that you can understand her. I missed a lot of mumbled dialog in this movie, but I don't think it served much purpose anyway.
Overall, I think the Sci-Fi Channel may be getting a little better at movie making (they've certainly had enough practice). This one was almost good.
Just Another Poorly Made TV Movie.
A combination of poor script, minimal SFX, and wild over-acting by Todd and company make this a pretty sad take on the well-known myth. Corn syrup blood spews and there's a lot of noise. That's about it.
I did derive a bit of pleasure from trying to sort out all the different influences on Todd's portrayal of the "psycho" potentate. It's Frank Booth ("Blue Velvet") meets Thulsa Doom ("Conan the Barbarian"), with a bit of Jabba the Hutt thrown in for good measure. Until you've seen someone taking a "hit" off a cattle skull, you haven't seen good cinema.
There's some vague hope that things will pick up, until the victims are tossed into the labyrinth. From that point forward, it's a complete waste of time...typical monster-in-a-cave fare. You could probably make a drinking game out of it, though...everyone slams a shot whenever a foam rubber rock moves.
Save your time and rent "Jason and the Golden Fleece" or some other film that is at least a little entertaining.
I watched this movie expecting to be disappointed and bored to tears,
but I was actually quite entertained.
The writers use the legendary Minotaur to create a new mythology around the beast for this film. The monster is created by a people who worship the bull and wished to have a living god. Interestingly, they chose to make the Minotaur white, no doubt to give props to the original myth.
The plot is fairly predictable, but with enough surprises and suspenseful moments to keep it interesting. The characters stay true to being primitive, ancient people. They are simple and their reactions are less than logical, but many horror movies have been built on bad reactions to scary things. The characters lack depth, but I don't think it's inappropriate considering the nature of the film.
The Minotaur itself is well put together. The effects are simple, but not bad. As I was watching I wasn't thinking about how poorly done the effects were or how much better they could've been. In other words, the effects didn't detract from the film without being devoid of effects--a rare thing in movies of this caliber.
The movie begins with an overview of the mythology for the film and sets up the plot very quickly. The rest of the movie takes place in the labyrinth and the palace above it where we encounter bizarre hedonists in a brother/sister prince and princess combo.
The movie is not terrible, nor spectacular. All in all, it was a treat for me to see someone use the Minotaur in a film.
Welcome to the CITIZEN KANE of Sci-Fi Channel movies. Not that MINOTAUR
is faultless. It's just competent on so many more levels than your
average Sci Fi-Schlock Fest that it appears great in comparison.
We have some actual acting going on. Granted, there is some great scenery chewing, but it's on a grand scale. There are some good effects. There are some epic looking landscapes and the occasional set. And the script and direction are actually acceptable.
On the down side, there's the same CGI overkill that seems to haunt every Sci Fi monster flick. Thankfully, this is kept to a minimum. We're also stuck in the same labyrinth/cave sets for way too long. And every so often I couldn't help feeling that plot points were being cribbed from a Terry Jones film.
But these are minor quibbles. There's some attempt here to breathe life into the monster on the loose genre. Not bad at all.
In the age of gods and spirits, the world was ruled by a dark empire
from a palace in the Island of Minus. The locals worshiped the Bull,
and the ambitious queen got pregnant of their god, generating an
offspring part human part bull. When the prince is killed in the
island, the dwellers blame the villagers and they are sentenced to give
eight young women per year to satisfy the Minotaur. The shepherd Theo
(Tom Hardy), son of the village leader Cyrnan (Rutger Hauer), misses
his girlfriend that was abducted a couple of years ago. When he meets a
leper seer, she tells him that his beloved Ffion is alive, and that
Theo must go to the island to kill the beast and save his love. Theo
goes to the palace and faces the king Deucalion (Tony Todd) and the
Minotaur, supported by Deucalion's sister, the queen Raphaella
(Michelle Van Der Water), who discloses the truth about the Minotaur.
"Minotaur" is a good entertainment, and of course is not the story of the Greek mythology of Theseus, King Minos of Creta and the maze of the Minotaur. The story is reasonable, the special effects are good and the acting is average. In the end, I liked this movie. My vote is six.
Title (Brazil): "Minotauro" ("Minotaur")
There are definitely some people who hate Greek Mythology. The proof
lies in "Minotaur" movie.
They took the story of Minotaur from the Greek Myth and they distorted so badly ending up with this awful movie.
It is supposed to chance things cause you want to improve something not to make it worst.
The original story of Minotaur based on symbolism is full of meaning. The story of this movie has nothing to tell. Absolutely not enjoyable. Like somebody else said... they butcher the mythology of the Minotaur story to make this. It's silly and insulting.
I lived on Crete for two years so I am familiar with the story of the
Minotaur and the Labyrynth. They took that story and made some monster
flick about how one dude (Tom Hardy from Layer Cake) found out his
girlfriend was still alive in the maze and he set out to save her and
the village. I do have to say I was most impressed with th Temple and
the blood-drinking leader. I was even more impressed with Queen
Raphaella - Michelle Van Der Water.
Was it a complete waste? No, the special effects were good, the monster was ghastly, and the action was what you would expect from a sci-fi film. Again, worth a look for Michelle Van Der Water.
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What's wrong with these people? These movie makers, they think they can be creative and change myth and classic cartoons to suit their "vision". Where there vision is blurry and need glasses. If you want to be creative, then write something new, you don't go around messing with classic Greek stories. The minotaur is part man and part bull. Which mean he walks on two feet and has hands. What happened to his eyes? There was a flashback when the minotaur was born and he had eyes. Just because something or someone goes blind from decades in total darkness doesn't mean his eyes fall out and where is his lips? Is this Minotaur alive or some kind of Zombull? The acting and story works, but the whole minotaur thing truly destroys the experience for me. One, fur on flesh, two walks up right and three has lips and eyes. The changes totally ruin this movie and I feel anyone who knows the slightest bit of Greek myth will feel the same, it's quite obvious the makers knew nothing of Greek Myth or of Minotaurs. So I give this awful piece of crap the NOOSE!
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This movie is absolutely not enjoyable. When I read the DVD cover, it
said: from the makers of ''Lord of the Rings'' and ''The Mummy''. Idiot
that I was, I actually believed it. They probably hired one of the Orc
extra's from LOTR to be able to put that on the cover or something.
The movie starts out promising enough, some sort of mythological mumbo-jumbo story about an evil empire that worships the Minotaur. What's this? Full frontal nudity already? They don't waste time, do they.
And the the movie starts. Very slowly. We meet some stupid kids who are on their way to be sacrificed. Some guy, high on drugs, uses his magic skull to get the women high. They proceed to tongue kiss his sister, and each other, passionately.
Ummmmm. OK. What exactly was the point of that? Yes, exactly, to give the viewer a boner.
Almost immediately after that, the sister seduces our hero and gets him into bed.
And then I turned off the DVD-player and went on to do something else. This movie is boring, uses cheap tactics to try and keep the viewers attention... it's silly and insulting. They butcher the mythology of the Minotaur story to make this... like somebody else said, it reminds me of a bad Stargate episode.
Do not watch this film unless you are drunk, horny (pun intended) or enjoy watching bad movies.
Minotaur was not a brilliant movie. And in all honesty, I wasn't expecting it to be, in fact considering SyFY'S reputation I was expecting much worse. There are problems, but to my surprise Minotaur was one of SyFy's more tolerable movies. The film surprisingly looks great, unlike other SyFy movies you can actually see and somewhat understand what's going on, the photography is not too slipshod, a decent job is done to make the setting believable and the scenery is really quite stunning. The music is another improvement, not forgettable or sluggish but often well-orchestrated with a couple of rousing moments. The main female character is also beautiful and doesn't fall into the trap of being too vapid, and while I think Tom Hardy knew the script was bad and overdid it sometimes there is an element of charisma about it that has been sorely lacking in other fantasy/adventure SyFy movies. The minotaur is rather unconvincing, with the quality coming across as choppy computer-game-ish, but I have seen far worse effects before. Besides the minotaur is quite menacing, again another improvement on other SyFy monsters. Minotaur also has a lot of faults, starting with the insipid dialogue and clichéd and personality-less(generally) characters and ending with a rather predictable and at times ridiculous story that takes time to get going in some of the cave/labyrinth sequences and Tony Todd(who was so brilliant in Candyman) overacting embarrassingly, like Danny Glover in Age of the Dragons and (I know this next example isn't SyFy but still) Jeremy Irons in Dungeons & Dragons he chews the scenery to pieces. Overall, not a brilliant movie and has a lot wrong with it but tolerable, compared to other things that SyFy have done. 5/10 Bethany Cox
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