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Maria Awes (written by)
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20 September 2009 (USA) See more »
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Cast

 

Gabriele Angieri ... Norwegian Party Soldier
Ashley Cowie ... Himself

John Edel ... Norwegian Party Soldier
Jon Foss ... Party Norwegian Soldier

Adam King ... Party / Norweigian Soldier
Gary Kruchowski ... Norwegian Soldier

Mike Rylander ... Tortured Knight Templar

Directed by
Andy Awes 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Maria Awes  written by

Produced by
Lynn M. Anderson .... post-production producer (as Lynn Anderson)
Andy Awes .... executive producer
Andy Awes .... producer
Maria Awes .... executive producer
Maria Awes .... producer
Todd Cobery .... re-enactment producer
Ben Krueger .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Joel Goodman 
 
Cinematography by
Bo Hakala 
 
Film Editing by
Andy Awes 
 
Makeup Department
Crist Ballas .... makeup department head
Aaron Pikala .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Brady Kiernan .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Todd Cobery .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Brian J. Simpson .... leadman
 
Sound Department
Kent Militzer .... sound effects editor
Kelly Pieklo .... sound effects editor
Kelly Pieklo .... supervising sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Thomas Schwingle .... first assistant camera
Thomas Schwingle .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Carl N. Jacobs .... on-line editor
Michael Sandness .... colorist
 
Music Department
David Bramfitt .... music consultant
Frederik Wiedmann .... composer: additional music
 
Other crew
Philip Joncas .... content coordinator
Brooke Lemke .... production assistant
 

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USA:120 min
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Not quite as bad, 3 February 2016
Author: kols from United States

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

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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