This is really great movie. people just don't understand what asylum istrying to tell them. the movies isn't about special effects. its aboutthe messages you need to find in these movies. actually, the effectsweren't so bad. i laughed and i cried. i think it can conquer with shawshank redemption. you just need to watch it. OK maybe i am going crazy.but you just need to watch it. i swear you will like it. don't believethese liars that are mocking asylum films. you need to find your heartin these movies. i cant wait for the next asylum film. one day asylumfilms are going to be like fox or warner and you all will cry. ipromise, you will not be disappointed.User: torrentstorm
Modern day parodies seem to be in demand these days. Nothing wrong withthat, provided the screenwriters can come up with an imaginative andoriginal story.
However, there was nothing funny in this movie, or imaginative, orexciting. The different ways the producers tried to mimic Sinbad'sadventures taken from the time honored fairy tale, or past movies,proved a mockery and charade in this one. I watched the preview clip onYoutube and read about Asylum, the company producing and marketing thefilm. I confess I was hopeful and thought better. After about 45minutes of watching, I thought to myself: what a shame and a waste - inthis day and age, you people must think we movie watchers are moronswith mentalities of 2-year olds.
Whose idea was it that Sinbad (in name only) is a company owner of oiltankers, one of which is hijacked by what seems some Black (Somalian?)pirates, and while on a rescue mission, said tanker is attacked andsunk by what looked like a gigantic crab? Then for no reason here ourchopper crashes into the sea and we are marooned on an uncharted islandwith a handful of survivors from the ship, including (guess?) thepirate leader who has now become our ally? At the risk of writing aspoiler, I won't say more, but you can pretty much imagine the jamboreeof hastily written and badly scripted plot lines, followed by some ofthe worst acting I've ever seen on the big screen. The cgi graphicswere terrible. They must have gone on a shoestring budget to makethese. Oh, and how do you fight off and kill a 20-foot cyclops intenton eating you with just a rope, which you somehow mysteriously seemedto come up with in your shipwrecked state? I'll leave you to guess thatone without watching the movie. (What?)
I'd watch this one if there was nothing else to do with my time, andI'm prepared to play brain-dead. Definitely one of the stupidest moviesI've seen throughout the years.
This movie starts out in the high-rise offices of a shipping and oilexploration company. The lead is advised that his ship is somewhere 400miles east of Madagascar and is being hijacked. A demand for money hasbeen made.
The manager of the company flies out to pay the money. In the meantime,the experts of the company talk about how the area is like the "BermudaTriangle" - ships go missing without warning and electronic devicesdon't work. Moments later, a kraken (giant octopus) latches onto theship and drags it and the crew to the bottom of the ocean.
The helicopter on which they fly is hit by lightning and the choppersinks into the ocean.
Cut to an island. The lead wakes up and within seconds, finds one ofthe hijackers from the ship, laying on the beach near him(unconscious). As he tries to wake the hijacker, a giant crab (around 3meters wide) starts to attack. It is shot many times and all it wantsthe briefcase containing money; (the gun although emptied at theinitial shootout, strangely gets refilled without being done by theowner).
As the crab runs away, people who were also on the helicopter appearand ask what is going on - they heard and saw nothing.
Move forward, a number of groups meet on this uncharted island and findthat there is a series of 7 tasks that must be completed by a hero if aseries of cataclysmic problems to face the world are to be resolved.This is confirmed by some pictures found in a cave.
Moments after finding the details, the island starts to shake like anearthquake. It then shows that the island is in fact the back of agiant whale which dives into the water, taking the "island" with it.The group are left floating in the middle of nowhere without food orwater.
Suddenly, they find a large bamboo raft which they can all rest on andin the next scene, they find themselves on yet another island, wherethey are chased by giant birds as offerings of food for the babyhatchlings.
At this point, it just got more absurd and I started fast-forwardingthrough to see if there were any redeeming aspects of the movie.
To my mind, there was only one salvation - the credits at the end - themovie had finished.
I gave it 3/10 for the sheer audacity of trying to turn a classic intoa modern story and then failing. Don't bother with this one unless youreally don't have high expectations of anything and perhaps just wantto test the fast forward button on your DVD player is stillfunctioning.
I have seen good movies, bad movies, bad movies that become cult moviesand then sadly a few like this where if I had the sense of a dead cat Iwould have stopped watching.
The only good thing was that the design of one of the monsters (birdtype things) was quite good - everything else was BAD BAD BAD ...
No plot - well at least nothing that made sense. Characters - were aswooden and predictable as it would be possible to imagine. Specialeffects - on the whole plain bad. Acting - there were real tears fromone of the actors - I think it was because they realised that once thisturkey was released they would never work again.
I can't go on even remembering this movie (which I only finishedwatching ten minutes ago) as it's causing irreparable brain damage.
WATCH ANYTHING ELSE!!!
Starring: Patrick Muldoon,Bo Svenson and Sarah Desage. Maybe the BESTof The Asylum,Or are they becoming better filmmakers or Am I drinkingmore ??? Muldoon does Sinbad (not the comedian,shh) well,But you wouldthink the umpteeenth Grandson would still have that trademarked beard.Svenson does hve some good scenes and finish,hint-hint. The showstealer is Sarah Desage,Who steals all critics hearts ? So,OFCOURSE,She is married to director. Creatures are reallygood,Crab-Whale-Cyclops-Flying serpents and we even starting cheeringthe re-acurring creature-SQUID ! Plot concerns a Tanker,OilSpillage,Umm Too current ya ask us ! BP, you suck barrels.User: M_o_u_s_a
I would never recommend this movie to anyone who watches graphicsmovies, or plays computer games.
It's just a mess ...
The movie is supposed to be about Sinbad ... and it's really a "Sin"and "Bad" .. And even "bad" cannot describe it.
Through the longest 90 minutes I've ever had, I was sick of the acting,the storyline, the dialog, the graphics, the direction ... Everythingabout it sucks.
Just a pure waste of time.
Go better watch 5 minutes of tom & jerry ... At least, it may makelaugh!
First of all, I'd like to say that I enjoy the particular genre offilms that the Sinbad movies generally fall into the category of. Thisfilm, however is not one of them. If you go into this expecting to seeyour classic Sinbad action then I'm afraid you'll be disappointed.
It's not necessarily a bad decision to attempt to convert the themes ofSinbad onto a present day setting, but it wasn't pulled off well hereand I, for one, would have preferred to have seen a new rendition setin the traditional era, or at least sometime in the not-too-recentpast. There are no seven adventures to be seen here anyway, that's forsure.
The main character is a descendant of Sinbad apparently - his name isJohn Sinbad or some such rubbish. Apart from that, this bears no realrelation to any of it's name-sakes except for one scene involving atribe of alluring female demons who attempt to enslave Sinbad and hiscrew, via hypnosis, which was taken from an earlier and better Sinbadmovie. This made me wonder if this is some kind of remake but I soonrealised that it is not. There were a few computer generated monstersto 'behold' - or try to at least - among them, a computer generatedcyclops and giant octopus, both of which failed to evoke any of the theglory and wonder of the more organic effects of older films of thekind. Ray Harryhausen, for example, is still the king after all thistime.
Overall, pathetic storyline, boring progression of plot, Underwhelmingacting and uninspiring character performances, cheesy one-liners whichdon't work, sad visual effects and void of any real tension or abilityto provoke any kind of emotional response at all. From me, at least.
When I first saw the title of this movie and the poster, I thought itwould be a newer take on Ray Harryhausen. Boy, was *I* wrong. Set incontemporary times (read 2010), this attempted "update" falls flat inmany categories. It's incredibly disjointed - you will find yourselfasking "Huh? How, when or why did THAT happen?" It doesn't maintain anyof the flavor of the original. There are monsters as depicted in theposter, but this film doesn't explain, dwell on, or expand on them inany manner. From the opening shots of Somali pirates (remember, this isin the year 2010 that we are talking about) you will see this Sinbad isin name only.
Still, it isn't all bad. The female lead has an incredibly ripped bodywhich is eye catching. The hokey special effects are reminiscent of theSci Fi Channel from about ten years ago and are fun to watch. There area couple of really vivid moments when the film comes alive. It's whenthe story strays from the monsters that it falls apart.
I wouldn't pan this movie completely, it's not totally worthless.Asylum has done a better job here than on previous efforts, but theyseem stuck in the "Gotta get it into 90 minutes" mold. Just think, theycould have completed a fairly good movie with a bit more time in theviewing and having done away with the dumb subplots.
I really feel sorry for anyone who paid any money to see this poorexcuse for a movie. The effects are outrageously cheap and nasty andunfortunately the acting is worse! Somebody spent money on making thismove. It couldn't have been a lot but certainly some money and theywere robbed blind. So are the people who are duped into seeing it. Youcould not even make a bad movie like this if you tried hard to. If youhave not seen this movie yet, and you have the good sense to readreviews such as this....then still go and see it or watch it on DVDthen you deserve everything you get. Which by the way, is nothing.Don't waste your time or your money.User: (topz-1)
Seriously, people: If you don't have the money, don't produce moviesthat rely almost entirely on special effects.
I will not even comment on the quality of... well... everything. Butlet me just say this: If there were only $500k to spend (as one of theother comments mentioned), there ought to have been at least 500 Bucksto spend on a halfway decent script written by some English minor fromundergrad school.
Cheap trash actually makes me smile every once in a while, but thishere was just a pain. Really.
(Why can't I give 0 points for GODawful?)
SYNOPSIS: In this modern day retelling of the Sinbad myth, AdrianSinbad is a billionaire oil shipping magnate, the headstrong descendantof a long line of great mariners. When his flagship oil tanker ishijacked by Somalian pirates, Sinbad rushes to the rescue.
But the tanker is pulled underwater by a giant squid, and sinks into adeep sea crater where a supernatural being of terrible power resides.Meanwhile Sinbad's helicopter is struck by lightning in a storm, andcrashes into the sea.
Sinbad comes to on a strange tropical island, and is immediatelyattacked by a monstrous crab three times his size. Narrowly escaping,Sinbad bands together with a ragged group of survivors: the helicopterpilot, his fetching science officer, the bitter tanker captain and theSomalian pirate leader (these last two, mortal enemies).
But when he meets Loa, a beautiful jungle warrior, she shows him cavepaintings which foretell the end of mankind. Sinbad must complete sevenordeals, or the world will be destroyed by Elmec Ishu, the supernaturalbeing enraged by the sunken tanker. (Though the tanker hasn't yetspilled its full 130 million gallons of oil into the sea).
A sudden earthquake strikes - and Sinbad and the group are plunged intothe ocean, only to discover that the island is actually the back of agiant whale (as per the original mythology). But they're not in thewater long before pterodactyls swoop down and carry them away to feedto their babies.
They next encounter a cyclops, seductive sirens, and a bloodthirstycult led by Loa's insane father (a la Apocalypse Now, in one of thebest sequences of the movie). The group dies off one by one, whileromance blossoms between Sinbad and Loa. Meanwhile, back on themainland, the world is shaken by earthquakes and tsunamis; Emlec Ishuis increasingly angry about the tanker parked in its living room.
Sinbad descends into a volcano in search of otherworldly crystals whichhold the key to escaping the island. Nearly killed by a towering lavademon, he and Loa manage to flee with the crystals - which releasesuperheated gas when water touches them - and finally get off theisland, by means of an old hot air balloon.
Returning to civilization, Sinbad's final ordeal is to somehow raisethe tanker and thus avert the coming apocalypse. Setting out on asuicide mission, Sinbad and Loa pilot a small submarine four milesunderwater to the tanker. But en route, the first of the tanker'sbulkheads finally ruptures - spilling 450,000 gallons of oil - andcausing Elmec Ishu to unleash his full wrath on humanity, in the formof armies of strange waterspouts which destroy everything in theirpath.
Meanwhile, the sub is chased down and captured by the giant squid. Butusing the sub's external nozzle, Sinbad vacuums up several oil bubblesin the water outside, thus convincing the intelligent squid to releasethem. Sinbad and Loa reach the tanker, and start to drill into theseabed below it, where a seam of the otherworldly crystals is buried.As the waterspouts make landfall, and with the sub's power and airreserves nearing zero, the drill punches through and floods thecrystals with sea water. Gas geysers erupt from the sea-floor, fillingthe tanker with air, causing it to rise to the surface. The world issaved, but Sinbad and Loa are dying, out of air four miles underwater.Until Elmec Ishu appears, and summons the giant squid back, to carrythe sub to the surface.
I thought this movie had a lot going for it. There's moments ofingenuity, and real wit - Sinbad's reaction to the crab battle is kindof priceless.
Biggest criticism: visual effects. As some of the other posters havementioned they are not that good. The cyclops looks weird and roidedout, and the squid only has six tentacles?!? Also not enough was madeof the lava demon; it's a potentially cool creature but I wanted a lotmore out of the scene.
But let's put this in context. The budget for the movie is listed at$500k. Are you kidding?!?! What the filmmakers did for that amount isastonishing; there are probably hundreds of visual effects shots, whichcost tons of money, so how did they do it?!
Also I know for a fact that Asylum movies are shot on a very shortschedule of around 2 weeks. So to even compare a movie shot in 2 weeksfor $500k, with today's $100 million blockbusters is ridiculous. Thescope and sweep of this film, the production value they got for thattiny budget, is actually quite amazing. The cinematography isbeautiful, the locations are exotic, the action is non-stop.
Performances are strong too. Muldoon's Sinbad has real heart and a dashof Tony Stark, and never loses touch with the humor. Bo Svenson nailsit as the scheming CEO. But the biggest pleasure is Sarah Desage, whois not only smoking hot, but gives a nuanced performance as Loa. Lookat the scenes between Loa and her father - it's emotionally rich work.She is someone to watch.
Script and direction are solid. While this isn't what you would call acharacter driven piece, the two writers/directors Hayflick and Silvershow a command of the dramatic and visual storytelling. The camera isfluid, editing is solid. And there are some real zingers in thedialogue. The movie definitely has a brain.
So rather than hate on the filmmakers for making a movie that no, doesnot stack up to Avatar, I give them kudos for making an inspired, tinybudget action/adventure movie with a great spirit. It's supposed to befun, and it is.
One of the best Asylum releases to date, if not the best.