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Riddles of the Sphinx (2008)

An astronomer and a cryptographer uncover a series of ancient tunnels, unwittingly unleashing a deadly Sphinx. In order to trap the Sphinx back in its tomb and stop impending destruction, ... See full summary »

Director:

George Mendeluk

Writers:

Brook Durham (screenplay), Kevin Leeson (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Dina Meyer ... Jessica
Lochlyn Munro ... Robert
Mackenzie Gray ... Ryder
Donnelly Rhodes ... Thomas
Emily Tennant ... Karen
Dario Delacio Dario Delacio ... Sphinx (as Dario De Iaco)
Donovan Cerminara ... Cpl. Evans
John J. Gulayets John J. Gulayets ... Student (as John Gulayetes)
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An astronomer and a cryptographer uncover a series of ancient tunnels, unwittingly unleashing a deadly Sphinx. In order to trap the Sphinx back in its tomb and stop impending destruction, our explorers must solve a series of complicated and possibly deadly riddles. Written by Frankie

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Genres:

Fantasy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Szfinx bosszúja See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

It was mandatory for everyone who worked on this abomination to have their brain surgically removed before production commenced! See more »

Goofs

The map shows "Alexandria, Egypt" just before the team arrives at the Great Sphinx. They have just left Alexandria (where they were searching for the Lighthouse). The Great Sphinx is located in Giza, Egypt, not Alexandria. In all other cases, the map shows where they are arriving, not where they've left. See more »

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Sci-Fi Saturday - where Hollywood writers go to die
27 September 2008 | by slstrongarmSee all my reviews

The Sci-Fi channel. Despite having some really good original TV series, I always think of the network first and foremost as the "Disaster/Monster B-movie network". Even its documentaries are blatantly science fiction. That may come as a shock to some people, but dude, you CAN'T find a crystal skull with a metal detector...

I only watched this movie because I was bored and I have a more than passing fascination with archaeology. I don't normally watch Sci-Fi Saturday.

Now, as a writer, I understand that ideas are a dime a dozen, but I also know that we've been out of ideas pretty much since we've had the ability to HAVE ideas. That said, I understand the similarities to The Librarian and Indiana Jones, but COME ON! Don't make the hero of this movie dress IDENTICALLY like Jones! That's just taking the similarity too far!

I applaud the idea of a female hero, but don't make her so gung-ho about guns that she admits they're her "security blanket" and continues using them after realizing time and time again the hard way that the monster's completely bulletproof.

I can also understand the need to draw in the young adult demographic, but having the tweenaged girl be a complete genius and outthink the adults in almost every scene smacks of badly written Mary Sue fanfiction, especially if the concerned father seriously makes such a stupid decision as to take the kid into the heart of the war in Iraq(wearing bright pink no less), let alone repeatedly exposing the kid to an invulnerable monster when there's a perfectly good hidden sanctuary where she'd be safe. There's a reason why we have satphones, people.

As for the writing, the movie was so completely predictable, it's hard to come up with a suitable adjective to describe it.


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