‘Sinbad and the Minotaur’ on the Syfy Channel; A TV Movie Review

by on May 21, 2011

in Entertainment, tv reviews

Manu Bennett and Holly Brisley in

Sinbad and the Minotaur is the Syfy Saturday night movie on the Syfy channel, was created by Limelight International Media Entertainment and distributed by Syfy.  It’s directed by Karl Zwicky (Home and Away).  The movie starts out with a scrolling text of back story telling of war, loss and erecting giant symbols of victory after the fact.  I know what I just said probably doesn’t make sense, but I’d be able to make more sense  if the movie did!

We then find ourselves in an underground labyrinth and watch one King Minos get killed by what I presume is the minotaur, but it’s a bit of a cheesy effect that has to be later confirmed via other words, groans and actions.

One thousand years later, we see Sinbad (Manu Bennett) stealing into a village, looking for a scroll of The Chronicles of King Minos.  In the process, he does battle with a sorcerer, Al-Jibar (played by Steven Grives.  You might remember him from the 2002 TV series, BeastMaster).  Sinbad frees a slave girl named Tara and gets away with his scroll.

Sinbad has himself a running partner and now two scantily clad girls.

For anyone who has seen Starz Spartacus: Blood and Sand or Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, you might recognize the huge guns of Manu Bennett.  After watching the Starz productions, this falls just a bit short of my expectations of what Bennett can deliver in a role.  He’s delivered Sinbad as a bit of a care-free action soul.  When he’s questioned as to supplies on a journey, he shrugs and says, “details!”  As if they’ll work themselves out.

His little scantily clad partner, Tara, played by Holly Brisley, who has worked with director Karl Zwicky on Home and Away, seems to be more an actor training than an experienced actress.  Which confuses me a bit but I’m working through it… if you get what I mean.

The editing is oddly, quite choppy.  In one scene they’re in the desert but then as they they enter the next scene in the character’s travels, they’re suddenly in lush overgrowth of trees and greenery.  You have to do much of the ‘connect-the-dots’ by yourself.  Or as my test audience stated to me, “Quote me on this:  I can’t believe Manu decided to do this movie.“  I can’t disagree with my audience.

Syfy TV Review Score 03If I were to score this Syfy channel TV movie, Sinbad and the Minotaur, I’m sad the minotaur lost, but I’d give it a ‘3 on the Syfy movie scale‘ here on Cinema Static.

What I found a bit shocking was that the follow-up movie was called The 7 Adventures of Sinbad, from Asylum.  It was better and it was from Asylum!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

nikwe July 17, 2011 at 7:49 pm

OMG IT IS F!*!G GOOOD MUST WATCH IT {language edited by site}

nikwe July 17, 2011 at 7:48 pm

I LOVE IT
HOPE YOU LOVE IT TOO

nikwe July 17, 2011 at 7:47 pm

I THINK YOUR LOVE THE MOVIE I LOVE IT (SO EXITED )
HOPE YOU WILL LIKE IT TOO
VERY VERY COOL
P.S YOU MUST WATCH IT ( IF NEVER WATCHED )
THANK YOU

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