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It's the perfect movie for those who really like movies with other people. The part I personally feel needed the most attain was the actual grail itself even though the titled it the holy grail in America. I don't think it was all bad but it defiantly wasn't as good as they thought. Well I should have watched it first I guess.

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Not quite as bad
3 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

as the usual Discovery pablum and, oddly, that makes it more irritating for me.

The focus is on how the Templars managed a successful landfall around the St. Lawrence and penetrated as far as Minnesota and farther. So far plausible though highly unlikely.

Then it leaves the rails: starting with the Kensington Rune Stone. First problem, the Runic alphabets were never meant to communicate mundane matters, especially not as a code. Second problem: if the Templars did hide their treasure somewhere in North America any coded references would likelier be in Latin or Greek, not what would have been a very obscure, magic Norse script.

After messing around with the Stone for a while, the show losses any rational organization and just starts throwing various versions of the Kitchen Sink around, starting with Ancient Egyptian motifs and the poor old Sinclair family of Templar/Grail legend, bringing Henry Sinclair to North America, crediting him with really impressing some Indians and then burying treasure on Oak Island. The rest of the show pretty much congratulates itself for being so clever, while tossing in this thing and that thing that sounds vaguely logical, all the while Ashley Cowie doing his best to appear rational, balanced and thoughtful. Gobbels would have loved him for his ability to put over the scam.

To be honest, it is entertaining in a sick, oily, Mediterranean culture kind of way. Like the bit where the Templars told Columbus where to find America (Go West Bambini). Poor Columbus, he screwed up and discovered the Caribbean instead, not Minnesota. And how a tower in the Midwest points to Kensington, MI (It also points to LA, Mexico City, Paris, Moscow and Santa's Workshop and any other point on the globe you want it to point to).

All the usual Discovery Channel's tricks and misdirection but done, despite its Mediterranean sleaziness, with a drop of British-like Class.

Irritating yet a well constructing scam.


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