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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful:

Cinematic adaptation of the 12th-century knight-errant, assisted by his faithful friends , the cunning adolescent Crispín and the huge gourmandiser Goliath

6/10
Author: ma-cortes from Santander Spain
5 April 2015

The film begins in Holy Land , 1291 , during 3º crusade , and Acre siege , where occurs a battle between Richard Lionheart and Saladin . There happens an attack on a Muslim fortress , where are incarcerated Crispin (Lamana) and Goliath (Manuel Martínez) and Goliath , both of whom are freed by Capitan Trueno (Sergio Peris Mencheta). In the castle Trueno fights Sir Black (Gary Piquer) , his hoodlum (Ramon Langa) and meets his subsequent eternal dame , Sigrid of Thule (Natasha Yarovenko), an energetic Viking princess who takes part in many of the adventures of the trio . Trueno also meets an old prisoner , Juan de Ribera (Francisco Merino) , who gives him the holy grail . Later on , King Richard Lionheart (Luis Fernando Alvés) assigns him to return Spain with Sigrid and investigate strange events , including terrifying plagues and invasion by the Black Devils . In Spanish lands , Trueno , Crispin , Goliath along with the Arab Hassan (Asier Etxeandia) contend again their old enemy Sir Black supported by a nasty witch and other dark forces . At the end takes place a spectacular confrontation and surprising appearance by Morgano (Alejandro Jornet) and his flying balloon .

This medieval adventure packs noisy action , thrills , sword-cross and gorgeous outdoors . This is a homage based on popular Spanish comic books dealing with a 12th-century knight-errant who wanders the world fighting injustice and is accompanied by his faithful companions Crispin and Goliath . Capitán Trueno and his friends travel the whole world enforcing justice and freedom against bullies and tyrants, never using more violence than necessary . His eternal dame is Sigrid of Thule, a beautiful blonde Viking princess of Thule , Norway , she is Ragnar's daughter , an overthrown king . However , this picture doesn't follow faithfully the original canon , including several fantastic elements , witchery , demons and many other things that don't appear on the classical comic books .

Colorful and evocative cinematography filmed on location in Calzada De Calatrava, Ciudad Real, Lagunas de Ruidera, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha, Buñol, Yátova, Xeraco ,Valencia, Chulilla and Ciudad de la Luz, Alicante, Comunidad Valenciana . Atmospheric as well as thrilling musical score by Luis Ivars . The motion picture was middlingly directed by Antonio Hernandez . Antonio is a good craftsman , writer , producer and occasionally actor . Antonio Hernández -whose first film, 1979's F.E.N., is one of those never praised enough hidden masterpieces of Spanish cinema- is expert on all kind of genres , such as comedy : ¨Apaga y Vamonos¨ , ¨Como Levantar 1000 Kilos¨ , ¨Menor de Males¨ , Historical¨: ¨Los Borgia¨ , and Thriller : ¨Oculto¨ , ¨Lisboa¨ , ¨The city of no limits¨ in which Antonio proves to be a very courageous auteur . And he also directs TV series such as ¨Tarancon¨ , ¨Sofia¨ and ¨Dias sin Luz¨ .

El Capitán Trueno or "Captain Thunder" was the hero of a series of Spanish comic books, created in 1956 by the writer Víctor Mora and illustrated mainly by Miguel Ambrosio Zaragoza (Ambrós). The comics were published continuously between 1956 and 1968, eventually becoming the most popular Spanish hero comic of all times: at its height it sold more than 170,000 copies every week. The series was inspired by Hal Foster's Prince Valiant. The main cartoonists were the followings : Ambros , Fuentes Mann , Beaumont , Feliz Carrion , Jesus Blasco and Luis Bermejo . The series suffered some limited censorship during the dictatorship. Censors were concerned, for example, that Capitán Trueno and Sigrid were traveling around the world unburdened by matrimonial ties . Portions of the comic books have also been published in several Latin American countries, Italy , Greece, Portugal and France.

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10 out of 16 people found the following review useful:

Cheese everywhere

2/10
Author: rodricresp from Spain
13 December 2011

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Cheese everywhere. But not exactly a funny piece of cheese. The acting is flat out terrible. Peris-Mencheta as Capitán Trueno is awful, but compared to the actors portraying Crispín and Goliath... well, he takes the lead. Yeah, I know these two characters are intended to provide comic relief. They don't. The sexual tension between these two hero sidekicks is the only funny part in this. The plot is silly. C'mon, a giant worm shown all along the movie (both in Spain and Holy Land!) as a not very subtle red herring, only to appear as stupid deux ex machina impersonation at the end to kill the villain? The villains are actually cheesy fun, both the witch and the main antagonist, unlike the heroes who are just plain lame. The acting of the gorgeous Natasha Yarovenko as Sigrid goes downhill during the movie. I usually enjoy bad movies a lot, but the acting here kills it for me.

Sure, I concede that there is some effort behind the movie. The cinematography is OK, the CGI are passable and the costume designs are pretty good. . This movie took a lot of time to be released, so I think they worked hard to get the budget needed for this stuff, but they seemed to forget the important details. You know... like acting?

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

A medieval adventure packs noisy action, thrills, sword-cross and gorgeous outdoors.

8/10
Author: psagray from Spain
15 November 2015

It is strange that the most important comic book story of Spain, with permission of "Mortadelo Y Filemón", took so long to transfer the role. But it is here. The script had the approval of his creator, Victor Mora, which is already an incentive to film; there is the feeling that the project deserves more.

Antonio Hernández film has many good things: a very good photography, a magnificent and successful costume, an excellent soundtrack and, most importantly, maintains the spirit of comic books (or comics) .. The script sometimes weakens, but It is not the worst. Really are the actors who are not at the height of the Spanish overproduction. They shrinking the film end. Sergio Peris Mencheta is a success in "Capitán Trueno" physically, but not in the character maximum. Natasha Yarovenko not seems to have understood very well the character of "Sigrid". This character was Elsa Pataky (resigned to film "Fast and the Furious 5"); Manuel Martinez athlete is not an actor, but the character of "Goliath" it is perfect, and as nice as him. The other side, except Alejandro Jornet and Roberto Alvarez, are more harm than good.

Colorful and evocative cinematography filmed on location in Calzada De Calatrava, Ciudad Real, Lagunas De Ruidera, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha, Buñol, Yátova, Xeraco ,Valencia, Chulilla and Ciudad De la Luz, Alicante, Comunidad Valenciana.

The film is intermittent, sandwiched good and bad passages and scenes that make slow other very agile. The latter often coincide with nods to the original comic, which abound, but several licenses are taken. It is logical and necessary to shoot bullets, although there is nothing that is not right, too much magic and sorcery, when it barely existed as such in the comics. Always they were unmasked and proved scientific tricks or gimmicks. In fact, the character "Morgano" was not a magician, but someone like Leonardo Da Vinci. For it is noteworthy that the first 20 minutes of the film are fabulous, with thrilling action scenes.

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Oh my God !!!!

Author: GUENOT PHILIPPE (philippe.guenot@dbmail.com) from France
26 February 2013

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I confess that I am ashamed of myself to have wasted 108 minutes of my precious time to watch this mammoth crap. How the hell can a film maker direct such non sense? That's human cruelty to show such, such...I can't find any word strong enough to describe this...

Boring, stupid at the most, played by meaningless actors - not convinced at all by what they do in this mess. At first, I watched this, this...only because I have always been fond of medieval movies. But this has nothing to do with what I was looking for. I finally made it with the help of the fast forward button.

So beware before watching this fancy piece of sh...

I can accept a small budget little crap. But certainly not a big one. What a waste...

Get away from it, as if it was the bubonic plague.

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A Light Hearted Adventure

6/10
Author: Freelancer490 from New Zealand
22 December 2016

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I recently came across this movie and being a big sword and sorcery fan had to give it a look. Apparently it's based on comic which I wasn't aware of, but you don't need to have read it or even heard of it to take in the story. Overall while it was never going to win any awards, I thought it was fun, light hearted adventure. It had some good action scenes and some nice looking scenery. The violence is fairly tame, so you don't have to worry if you're squeamish. There are a couple plot holes, the most obvious is the "worm" that appears several times during the movie. Most notably at the end but didn't really add anything and could probably have been ditched altogether without affecting the story at all. The actors were never going to especially challenged, but the main hero is suitably heroic, the sidekicks are have their own moments of glory and provide some comedic relief and the Viking Princess was suitably feisty. The villains are fairly generic, but provide enough of a danger to make you wonder how things will pan out. I wasn't expecting much, but the movie kept my interest right the way through. This movie isn't going to change any lives, but if you're a sword and sorcery fan, it's a harmless way to fill in 90 minutes.

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Does Killian Mean Thunder in Gaelic?

Author: Harper Stephens from Syracuse, NY
14 February 2015

The box doesn't tell you, but the DVD contains English subtitles for the Spanish- language soundtrack of this Spanish movie. I don't know which version the other reviewers watched, but the acting didn't bother me all that much with the actors' original voices sound-synched in Spanish. If you watch it, try the Spanish version first. I'm not exactly sure why the protagonist's name, Capitan Trueno (Captain Thunder), gets translated as "Prince Killian" in the subtitles and on the DVD box. No one calls him "Prince" on the Spanish soundtrack, and even the subtitles leave in all the references to thunder in dialogue meant to explain his name. (And more than half the time the subtitles correctly translate "Captain" when other characters are addressing him, so the occasional mistranslation, "Prince," like the use of "Killian," is a distraction.)

This is the kind of film I'd have enjoyed as a kid in my early teens: lots of sword- swinging male bonding, a sexy blonde heroine whom the hero eventually gets to kiss, a wizard, a monster, a Bud-Spencer-type strongman with a funny "midget" sidekick, and an assortment of villains, some with magical powers. And for modern kids, despite the Third-Crusade setting, there's a positive friendship that quickly develops between the nominally Christian Captain and a nominally Muslim prince.

The film looks great, shot as it is on the same Spanish locations where classics like EL CID were filmed, and it has a lush orchestral background score reminiscent of those old historical epics. The script, however, is definitely on the level of a 1960s kid's matinée "second feature." Yes, the Spanish text on the comic-book frames of the end credits indicates that there will be a sequel. If the same cast returns, I'll watch it - but only in their own language.

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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Up ,up and away in my beautiful balloon!

Author: dbdumonteil
16 August 2014

Based,like many French or American movies of today on a comic strip;I have never read it ,but the movie belongs to another era :the late fifties and the early sixties .

All the cardboard characters we have seen a hundred times or more, are present: the dashing handsome prince ,the gorgeous (good) princess,the bad sadistic woman (a touch of racism here maybe) ,the poor people overburden with taxes (scenes taken by force from Robin Hood),the traitor,the would be comic relief provided by a giant named Goliath,always stuffing himself with food,his sidekick ,a midget;and to top it all, right in the middle of the crusades, help is on the way in the shape of a Muslim!Maybe words of wisdom for our troubled times ! The movie begins with historic pretensions ,but quickly opts for a poor man's heroic fantasy;there are as many plot holes as in Swiss cheese and,after this far-fetched tale, we can only be satisfied that the holy Grail is left in good hands.

As the prince swears to his mentor he 'll always side with the underdog ,they might make a sequel.

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