Merlin (1992)

MERLIN (1992)
Article 3452 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 12-18-2010
Posting Date: 1-26-2011
Directed by Paul Hunt
Featuring Nadia Cameron-Blakey, Rodney Wood, Richard Lynch
Country: UK
What it is: Epic fantasy

A female reporter discovers that she is the reincarnation of the Lady of the Lake, and she is destined to try to keep the magical sword from falling into the clutches of the evil Pendragon, the son of Mordred.

Over the years, I’ve come up with a few guidelines for deciding whether a movie is going to be any good, and one of them is this – if a movie features the character of Merlin but does not feature King Arthur, it will be pretty bad. There’s no real logic about this rule; it’s based on experience, and this movie certainly doesn’t change that evaluation. It also make me think of another rule; if you’re going to imbue your epic action-adventure flick with mysticism, you’re better off keeping it simple and concise, or else you run the risk of muddying up your movie, as happens here. The movie is like a cross between EXCALIBUR and HIGHLANDER; unfortunately, it’s a lot closer to the latter, and lacks that movie’s pyrotechnics. The action sequences are confusing and the storytelling is pretty rotten. Unless you’re a big fan of Richard Lynch (who plays Pendragon) or James Hong (who plays the Lady’s guardian Leong Tao and who should really shave those hairs on his left cheek), there’s little reason to bother with this one.

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