Well, as this being a SyFy movie, should basically be enough said rightthere.
As for the story, well the plot was alright and it was a great idea,but the movie suffered horribly from it being badly put to the screen.And the movie really suffered from the crappy effects and CGIs.
There were points where I wanted to claw my eyes out because of theeffects, but somehow the story managed to keep me interested enough toactually watch this movie.
As for the acting. Well mostly they were good enough, with a couple ofexceptions. Nothing major or academy-winning performances here.
I do not recommend you sit down to watch this movie, unless you got anunhealthy interest in the age of crusaders and in cheesy supernaturalmovies, and with crappy CGI effects at that! But hey, if that is yourcombo, then go right for it. Personally, I could find much better andmore constructive ways to spend my time.
Although the premise is an interesting one, in execution Dark Relicjust doesn't cut it and remains a typical product of the SyFy network,albeit of British origin.
In the Catholic world there are reported to be many pieces of the 'truecross' from which Jesus of Nazareth was crucified. Some of them are nomore than splinters, but James Frain and his ragtag group of crusadershave a nice chunk of wood in which the biblical inscription about Jesusbeing King of the Jews is carved.
When they take the thing back to Rome all kinds of things starthappening to them. Monsters and demons of all kinds, monks becomepossessed and they can't get rid of the thing and it won't burn. Whatto do.
I think the idea here is that the true cross from which the Son of Godwas crucified is not an item of veneration, in fact logically speakingit should be a cursed piece of wood. Our wandering group finds this outtoo late. Along the way they meet some Moslems led by Alyy Khan andarrive at an uneasy truce with them.
Dark Relic has an interesting premise, maybe in the hands of a StephenKing it could have realized its possibilities, but not here.
I cannot believe I sat through this whole thing, but that's how bored Iwas before -- mercifully -- having to head off to work Sundayafternoon. Tepid tale about a group of knights carrying home a piece ofthe one true cross at the end of one of the Crusades. Unfortunately,this piece of wood attracts a demon, which in turn unleashes variousplagues on them, including assaults by dead birds, wolves and bats --or maybe they were locusts. It was hard to tell. Most of the time, thesoldiers and others they meet along the way just stand around and talk.And talk. And then stand around some more. The demon is on screen for afew seconds in the middle and then for a couple of minutes at the end,but clearly this is where the majority of the movie's budget went. Thefilm is just another in the endless stream of bad Sci-Fi Channel CGIcreature features. The acting is not as bad as the dialog, thank God,but we do have to suffer listening to accents that range from veddyBritish to straight outta Brooklyn. What a waste. The occasional swordfights are clumsily staged, and the final battle with the demon is evenworse. A brief sequence involving possessed monks in a monastery lookslike it was pieced together from outtakes from Sam Raimi's ARMY OFDARKNESS. I am giving this dreadful flick a 2 instead of a 1 for thetwo very hot-looking babes who accompany the ragtag band of soldiers.It doesn't say here, but clearly this was shot in either Canada orRomania. Same difference. Boring scenery, bad mix of accents. By theway, instead of watching this, catch the Hollywood oldie-but-moldy, ST.GEORGE AND THE MAGIC SWORD (aka ST. GEORGE AND THE SEVEN CURSES). Ithas a similar plot and is a heckuva lot more entertaining and fun.User: abominablebro
Dark Relic is a film about a group of crusaders who retrieve a piece ofthe crucifix that Jesus Christ himself was nailed upon. As soon as theytake it awful things begin to happen to them: Their food is tainted,they shipwreck, dead birds fall on them, locusts swarm them, wolveskill their horses, possessed monks attack them and not to mention thefire-breathing demon that stalks them. That said this film was prettygood. The effects were above average for low-budget and the acting wasgreat. I found myself giving the movie positive feedback by sayingthings such as "Nice!" or "Awesome!" throughout. There are many thingsto like about this movie which make it a good film to watch on aSaturday night.User: davis2000
When I saw James Frain (from the Tudors series), I thought this mightrise above most SyFy dreck. In some ways it does since the specialeffects aren't always terrible and some of the acting is almost good.The story is very weak, at times incoherent and it's likely to offendsome. Continuity errors abound and reaction shots are laughable attimes.
Spoilers: one of the worst effects is the CGI wolves that attack theparty in the woods. I'm pretty sure you could animate a better wolf athome with free software than this. The demon is generally nearly asrealistic as he was in the video game Diablo II but it's size seems tovary a great deal depending on the shot.
The premise is very odd in that the Holy Cross, a religious relic thathas traditionally been thought to be beneficial is somehow tainted andcauses the demon(s) to follow and attack the party carrying it from theCrusades, sometimes preceding them somehow to possess monks etc. Thefact it's immune to a crucifix but susceptible to a talisman the Muslimwarrior (Alyy Khan) carries seems a tad offensive. The Cross is evil,the Muslim talisman is holy - what message are they trying to send? Intypical fashion, after the non-whites have saved the "hero" many timesthey're struck down in a very ignominious way and for no real reasonother than to leave the stage clear for the hero. Just to show theycan't be consistent, the tainted relic of the Cross is then shoved downthe demon's throat to destroy him which thoroughly muddles things intime for a very abrupt ending.
Even for free this is worthless unless you like to make fun of badmovies with your friends. Some talented actors were wasted here.
Probably looked good on paper. A legend about the crucifix survivinguntil medieval times, some knights on a quest to find and secure it,and some demonic plagues besetting the knights. Lots of action, story,and special effects about supernatural power; right? Wrong.
A rag-tag group of people are thrown together on this Indy Jones typerelic hunt that argue about everything, from spirituality to the bestbrand of toothpaste. Argue, argue, argue. It gets annoying real fast,and one can only hope they have a sword battle that shuts them all uppermanently.
The premise held potential, but is hopelessly obscured behind thisfoolishness. You could watch one of those cable TV political argumentshows and get the same thing.