Heavenly Sword is a dramatic tale of revenge that sees Nariko (Anna Torv), a fiery red-haired heroine, embark on a quest for vengeance against the invading King Bohan (Alfred Molina) and ...
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Warriors called "Saints" are the champions of hope who have always appeared since the Age of Myth whenever evil threatens the world. In this present day story, many years since the long ... See full summary »
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Heavenly Sword is a dramatic tale of revenge that sees Nariko (Anna Torv), a fiery red-haired heroine, embark on a quest for vengeance against the invading King Bohan (Alfred Molina) and his army. Once considered the failure of a legendary prophecy, Nariko must wield a sword that was ultimately meant for another. This ancient Heavenly Sword, once belonging to a powerful deity, can never be wielded by a mortal without it slowly and inevitably killing them. For Nariko, it is a race against time to avenge her clan before her life is irreparably overtaken by the omnipotent Heavenly Sword. Written by
In fact, it is an absolutely awful movie, with very few obvious redeeming qualities , outside of the somewhat rootable and empathetically voiced protagonist Kai.
Technically, Heavenly Sword ranges from weak to dreadful., constantly looking a movie or video game that came out 20 years too late. The editing is confused, the characters lack emotion and move stiffly, the colours are very flat , there are very obvious continuity errors and the backgrounds while the least bad of the animation are unimaginative and lack detail. The music sounds very random in placement, and stylistically it's either an ill-fit or completely misplaced.
With the writing, Heavenly Sword fares every bit as poorly and even more so. The writing sounds incredibly awkward (almost like gibberish) all the time, very shallow, very on-the-surface and there is a complete disconnect emotionally. The story had some decent, if rather clichéd, ideas, but executes all of them messily, with laborious pacing, unexciting and incoherently edited action , a constantly jumpy feel and a complete lack of depth as a result of not doing anything with the ideas it had.
Outside of Kai, the characters are flat in personality and fail to remotely engage, and voiced with little emotion, some of the voice actors don't even fit their roles. Not even a talented actor like Alfred Molina can save this., one of my biggest bugbears regarding films/movie/television is waste of talent, which this movie manages to do.
All in all, very poorly done. 2/10, and that is only for Kai. Bethany Cox
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