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The Minion (1998)

New York, Christmas Eve, 1999 - at the dawn of the new millennium - a subway construction crew unearths an eight hundred year old Celtic skeleton and a mysterious key. Archeologist Karen ... See full summary »

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Jean-Marc Piché

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Matt Roe (screenplay), Ripley Highsmith (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dolph Lundgren ... Lukas Sadorov
Françoise Robertson ... Karen Goodleaf
Roc LaFortune ... David Schulman
David Nerman ... Lieutenant Roseberry
Allen Altman ... Dante
Jean-Marc Bisson Jean-Marc Bisson ... Bernard
Don Francks ... Chief Michael Bear
Michael Greyeyes ... Gray Eagle
Andy Bradshaw Andy Bradshaw ... Photographer
Anik Matern ... Police Lieutenant
Tony Calabretta ... Dispatcher
James Bradford James Bradford ... Captain
Tedd Dillon ... Stranger (as Teddy Lee Dillon)
Matt Holland ... Parking Lot Cop
Dennis St John ... Gregor
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New York, Christmas Eve, 1999 - at the dawn of the new millennium - a subway construction crew unearths an eight hundred year old Celtic skeleton and a mysterious key. Archeologist Karen Goodleaf is called in to determine the meaning of the discovery. News of the discovery reaches a Middle East monastery where the warrior monks knowns as the Knights Templer - an ancient sect entrusted with protecting holy relics - choose their best pupil, Lukas (Dolph Lundgren) to face the diabolical threat. As Lukas races to New York, an evil Minion seizes Karen and uses its body like a parasite and host. Lukas arrives just in time to rescue Karen and despatch the Minion. The Minion takes hold of another host - revealing that it is immortal. As it cuts a path of destruction through the city, decimating a parking garage and leaving a trail of death, Karen realizes that the Minion can't be killed - but only delayed from finding a new host. Written by anonymous

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A modern day warrior trained in the ancien arts to defeat the ultimate evil. See more »

Genres:

Action | Fantasy | Horror

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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »
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Language:

English

Release Date:

1998 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

Armageddon See more »

Filming Locations:

Israel See more »

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Budget:

CAD 10,300,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Michele Soavi and Avi Nesher (producer) were attached to direct the film. See more »

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The order of the Templars didn't exist in 999, it was formed some 200 years later after the First Crusade. See more »

Alternate Versions

The first cut (released in USA, France and UK) runs about 96 minutes. The score by Jean Corriveau is electric guitar and electronic based. The new cut (released in Germany and Hong Kong) runs about 91 minutes and features a 5 minutes prologue, a different editing (about 10 minutes of various cuts), and a different new score (more classical, with some choir effects) by Eric and David Wurst. It gives the movie a different rhythm and tone. See more »

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Lazily made passable filmaking
4 September 1999 | by Yonhap SSee all my reviews

The Minion is about... well, a minion. A servant of Satan and whose goal is to get the key that will unlock the door where his master is trapped. He is some sort of demon who possess human beings and when the body dies will possess another. Anyone who happens to be possessed will go on some berserker rage. Dolph Lundgren plays Lukas, a member of a secret order of Templars, who is tasked to keep the key away from the minion. The movie begins a thousand years ago, in the Middle East where a couple of knight templars flee from the minion. Then flash forward to 1999, where the key winds up somewhere underground in New York. An archeologist is assigned to study/dig the place where the key was found. Needless to say, the minion is after the key, and the movie becomes a long winded chase scene between the minion and Lukas and archeologist.

The movie, is just that, a low budget B-movie flick. The movie lacks energy, and just trods along. You'll follow the chase but you won't ever feel involved in the story which willfully takes ideas from previous movies (especially The Terminator films). The fight scenes with the minion is troublesome, in that you never get the sense of how good or how bad a warrior this demon is. It "skillfully" becomes a one-man army when fighting a squad of templars but sucks when it comes to one-on one. And it's supposed to be around for a long time. All this goes to show that any sense of logic is just thrown down the drain for convenience. The whole idea of a secret order of Templars, a door to hell, and the key isn't well explained. We are merely to accept that they just exist. The movie seems to have been made with the feeling there's not much potential to the story but only enough to make a few bucks. Dolph Lundgren sure looks like he wish he were somewhere else.

The verdict: 2 of 5 stars.


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