In 17th century Paris, a dashing swordsman named D'Artagnan finds himself at odds with the powerful forces taking over France. He sets out to avenge the murder of his parents and finds his country cleaved by chaos and civil unrest. His heart softens only for Francesca, a fiery peasant girl who claims D'Artagnan's heart on sight.Written by
Sujit R. Varma
The first film that director Peter Hyams had directed without his long time editor Steven Kemper, who vowed not to work with the director after the last few films he had directed which included End of Days and The Relic were too darkly lit and shot causing editorial problems. See more »
The fighting styles shown resemble Asian martial arts more than European combatives of that era. It would have been at least 200 years before the Northern Europeans would trade with China and their arts became known in the West, It wasn't until after WWII in the 1940s that Westerners adopted their fighting styles en masse. See more »
Febre the Man in Black:
And what will you do, Your Eminence? Damn me to hell? Well, I'm certain that's where I'm going. And I'm just as certain, we can finish this debate there.
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I dissent from the negative comments based on comparisons to the novel, or earlier " Three Musketeer" movies. This movie has no pretense of remaking the novel, or earlier movie versions ( the Michael York/Raquel Welch version is a classic). It is, at most, a modest "prequel", designed to capture young action viewers, and romantics ( Justin Chambers/ Mena Suvari); dirty old men ( Mena Suvari); and Deneuve fans (as all men ought to be).
Mena Suvari is wooden and ornamental, but Chambers here is at least as good as Heath Ledger in "A Knight's Tale". Deneuve is excellent as always. Tim Roth is a definitional villain, although Stephen Rea is a weak Richeleau. Lesser knowns as the other musketeers , and the French actor as " Planche", add spice.
I am a sucker for swordfighting movies, so loved this one.
There are many worse choices in your video store.
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