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The great sorcerer Merlin has returned to Camelot, a kingdom now vulnerable to ill fates and war since the theft of the Holy Grail, its greatest gift and protection. With the help of Jack, an irascible young beggar-thief imbued with his own unruly magic, the fight against unknown dangers begins-to find the Grail, restore it to its rightful place, and bring Camelot back to its glory days. Written by
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Second time Sam Neill has played Merlin in a TV mini-series. The first was in Merlin (1998). See more »
A jet trail is visible in the sky in one of the Camelot encampment scenes in the forest. It is gone in the next shot. See more »
[Trying to cast a spell to stop Squire Brian's attack]
You don't hate me!
Not you but one you are sworn to protect! And with a magic that will soon grow powerful!
You really like me!
[He growls angrily, Jack picks up Merlin's wand]
You... love me!
[Squire Brian kisses him]
Not that much!
[He throws himself at Merlin and his clothes tear]
Your name's not really Brian, is it?
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After the initial disappointment come many redeeming qualities
Okay, first off, I nearly turned it off when the prologue began and I realized it truly was not a sequel to the beloved made-for-TV movie. The production value is low and the climax is rushed. It is missing the true tragedy and lore of the original Arthurian tales, yet at the same time holds onto the feeling of virtue and the loss of it that ended Camelot in the original legends. You can tell Richardson and Neil aren't as into the roles this time around (hey, a paycheck is a paycheck). There are some good one liners, good magic tricks, and one decent sword fight. John Reardon also stands out as being able to pull off his part with the same emotion as can be seen in the previous Merlin film. I would not call this movie a waste of time, I would call it mindless entertainment for the cheesy fantasy lover. Probably something most would prefer to catch on TV instead of spending money on.
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