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Chemix2

Paladin: The Holy Knight

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#1 13 years ago

Note if you haven't seen the movie you probaly shouldn't read the reveiw From the director of galdiator, Ridely Scott comes the latest glorious epic of ancient proportions. Kingdom of Heaven depicts the events of the second crusade and the seige of Juersalem. Throughout the film we have reminicent story peices of Gladiator. Not that it's a bad thing, it still meshes well with the story. The main character has lost their wife and child, this time to suicide. The preists of the catholic church are depicted as cruel, corrupt & cowardly, pretty accurate for most catholic preists at the time. Bailen (main character) in one of the first few scenes plunges a sword fresh from the fires into the heart of a preist who stole his dead wifes necklace and cut off her head after death (because it was a suicide and they beleived at that point the condition of the body in death somehow effected the condition of the soul in the afterlife) and throws his in the fires of the forge, which ultimately sets the entire building on fire, oh by the way I should have mentioned, Orlando Bloom has taken up the role of yet another black smith who doesn't know his father just like in ole Pirates of the Carribean. After this his father comes and offers him a future as apart of the 2nd crusade, he follows his father to a campsite where they are rather randomly attacked by rouge catholics, okay it's not completely random but having 20 archers hidden in the bushes when your coming for 1 guy who killed a preist seems a tad strange. Ultimately Bailen's father Godfree is mortally wounded and dies in Miseni, a port town where Bailen is knighted. At sea his boat capsizes and he is the only survivor cept one horse who runs off. Eventualy he gets to Jerusalem where there is a large conflict brewing between anti-Islamic Templars and neutral Knights. The king of Jerusalem has lepersy and will soon die, he asks Bailen to replace him and have the leader of the Templars killed. Bailen refuses and the evil little brat comes to power, again reminicent of Gladiator. The Templar dude decides the piss off the muslims and kill them at random, even slaughtering Salhadin's sister, making sure that there will be a war. He leads the templars and a couple of nights and looses to the muslims, his freind is slaughtered and we him later riding a donky with the most incredibly humiliating dunce cap you will ever see in a movie. Muslims attack Jerusalem, basicly throwing hundreds of fireballs from trebuchets and pounding the walls. Ultimately the knights are able to hold off the muslims using superior tactics and planning, thanks to Bailen who set up a series of markers that helped them to aim their weapons effectively. Ultimately it all comes down to one battle at a breach in the wall, the knights win but theres still 150,000 angry muslims just waiting to cut their heads off. Salhadin offers safe passage out of the holy land and old Bailen returns to his black smith shop. Overall I thuroughly enoyed the film despite the use of gladiator plot peices. 8.7/10, had I not watched gladiator it probaly would have gotten a 9.5/10. The acting was good, there was good drama, there was good acting, there were massive battles, there was a light romance, there were lots of moral teachings throughout the story. If you like history based semi-ficticious movies then this is a movie you should definitely see, Ridely Scott did his job well yet again. If you liked gladiator then you'll probaly like this movie, if you've never watched gladiator then you probaly could enjoy it a bit more. Oh and awesome effects! post your reviews and opinions here




Bebop13

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#2 13 years ago

im gona go check it out 2maro ;) hopefuly it will be as good as the trailer.




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#3 13 years ago

i must say, i was positively surprised over orlando bloom's performance. all the reviews i've read said it was a brilliant film but the main character was the weak point. i completely disagree with this. he does it well. granted, he is not general maximus, but his role is different. add to that the awsome special effects. the siege weapons are way better made in this film than in gladiator. 5/6

go see the film, it's really good :nodding:




Force Recon

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#4 13 years ago

I may watch this film depending on the fact whether it depicts the Muslims as bad guys or not.[I] Muslim groups have praised this film.I mean more than 90% of US terrorist movies depict Muslims as bad guys and this movie is some sort of a compensation.




Chemix2

Paladin: The Holy Knight

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#5 13 years ago

Neither side is all good or all bad realy, the christians are more bad than good towards the beginning, then it kind of levels out. As for muslim terrorist movies, I have seen many movies about terrorists doing this and that, and very few of them had muslim adversaries. What films are you reffering too, if they are recent then it is somewhat understandable as muslim extremists have been the ones commiting major terrorist attacks all over the world for the past few years. There have been others, but muslim extremists mainly. I have nothing againsts muslims mind you.




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#6 13 years ago

The film is *extremely* politically correct actually, you won't be seeing any moustachio-twirling Eastern evil-doers. They would never have done that actually, Saladin is the single most respected individual of the Crusades (more so than Richard the Lionheart, despite him being pretty much invincible) so it would have been inaccurate, not to mention highly disrespectful to the Muslims who still regard him as a hero (and rightly so), to have portrayed Saladin's Easterners with an "evil" slant. Personally I give it 3/5, verging close to a 4. Orlando Bloom is fine, you get the impression that he hasn't improved his acting but it's a sign of Ridley Scott's godlike direction that he's a perfectly acceptable leading man. I think critics have been slating him a) because he's had it coming since Lord Of The Rings and b) perhaps they went into the movie expecting Gladiator II: Maximus Returns With Extra Gruffness. The script is my main problem with the movie: the characters were hilariously black-and-white, some strands were ludicrously unrealistic and a lot of the storytelling seemed watered down. Other than that though it's a good watch: Ridley Scott's direction is still the absolute best there is, and the recreation of siege warfare is extremely realistic. The smaller-scale fight scenes are enjoyable and chaotic, but Gladiator is still far out in front in that respect.