Kindar the Invulnerable (1965)

aka Kindar the Invincible, Kindar l’invulnerabile

Article 3696 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 9-12-2011
Posting Date: 9-27-2011
Directed by Osvaldo Civirani
Featuring Mark Forest, Mimmo Palmara, Rosalba Neri
Country: Italy / Egypt
What it is: Arabian nights, sword and sandal style

The wife of a sultan is struck by lightning as she gives birth. The baby proves invulnerable to all human weapons, as per an old prophecy. The baby is kidnapped and raised by a band of desert bandits who discover his secret, and raise him as their own to use him to defeat the sultan’s kingdom. Will the man discover the secret of his heritage… and will anyone else discover his only weakness?

Whatever flaws the movie has, at the very least it has a storyline that offers some variety from the usual sword and sandal hokum; there’s not an evil queen in sight to deal with here. Unfortunately, it’s a little on the dull side as well, missing some of the fun elements of the other movies of its ilk. The middle section is particularly dull, and there’s some incredibly jerky camerawork during some of the battle sequences, which mostly consist of people sitting on camels and horses and flailing at each other with swords. At least Mark Forest has some fun with the action sequences, especially the first one where he takes on an assault of the bandits to test his strength. And at least the fantastic content clearly exists and plays a crucial role in the story, as the main character’s invulnerability drives the plot.

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