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Joseph S. Lambert,
Gene Hobbs III
After years of decline, the Roman Empire is desperate to recapture its past. Amidst war and political confusion, Urbina Prima schemes to make her son, Cassius, the next emperor. The only thing standing in their way is Maximus, a once great Roman commander with his own dreams of nobility. Can Rome reclaim its glory, or will the chaos lead to civil war?Written by
Grindstone Entertainment Group, LLC.
Just to make things clear, have no prejudice against low-budget films despite how my recent reviews as part of my low-budget film quest implies. There are actually good ones out there that may not be the most visually accomplished but surmount that with doing other components well. There are also really lame and often even worse ones out there.
'The Lost Legion' is not one of the worst examples out there or of the ones seen recently by me. There is a huge amount wrong with it and the flaws are major, quite a lot of it is amateurish, but 'The Lost Legion' at least didn't insult my intelligence as much as other films that were part of the quest and there was a little effort put into a couple, emphasis on couple, of elements that they didn't have.
Its least bad elements are that the costumes don't look as ugly fancy dress/shoe-string budget as one would fear.
Also Brian Caspe's performance is fun to watch, because he not only tries but he enjoys himself too.
Nothing else good going on here sadly. The acting elsewhere lacks any kind of passion or emotion, even skill or direction, with an uncharismatic central performance and a bland and charmless female lead. Only Caspe comes out unscathed.
'The Lost Legion's' uncharismatic, wimpy and annoying character writing and writing that is far too excessively ridiculous to be guilty pleasure cheese and too awkward and dull to be tongue in cheek works against them. As well as non-existent direction.
Direction that fails to convey any urgency, tension, fun, suspense or emotion in the numerous scenes that need them. The action-oriented scenes, the few there are any, are the complete anti-thesis of exciting, are poorly filmed and looks so awkward in the choreography. The whole story is just lifeless, completely fails to make any sense at all and on the wrong side of daft that it's insultingly ridiculous. Nothing suspenseful or fun here and the lack of attention to visual and historical detail does annoy.
Visually, 'The Lost Legion' looks cheap as sin, with an overuse of truly risible effects that never gels with the setting or looks real, dizzying camera work and editing and shoe-string budget production design. The music is ill-fitting and not appealing on the ear.
In summation, nothing glorious and very chaotic. 2/10 Bethany Cox
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