Friday, April 15, 2016

Amazons and Gladiators (2001)

How bad is it? It aspires to "Xena: Warrior Princess" and fails miserably.
Should you see it? No.

This film tried to cash in on "Gladiator" and boost interest by making the fighters women, but it didn't have the budget to make a skin flick, much less an epic: sisters separated in childhood join Amazons to overthrow an evil Roman despot. Lithuania substitutes badly for Rome, always being dark in the autumn woods and with some extras obviously speaking English as a second language. The historical inaccuracies are numerous, but expected. The costumes, when the women actually aren't topless, are wrong for the climate, made of modern materials and surprisingly clean. There's a bath scene popular with male viewers, a death by candlestick stabbing, two bad fight scenes widely spaced, lots of feminist proclamations by bimbos in misogynistic scenes and a pudgy Patrick Bergin as the bad guy.

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