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The King Maker (2006)


Picture: C+     Sound: B-     Extras: D     Film: D



Just when I though Attack Of The Gryphon and Eragon might be the worst fantasy features we’d seen in a while, Lek Kitaparaporn’s The King Maker is the ultimate checkmate of bad fantasy films, from lame visuals, to pathetic acting from the Xena School of Drama to wasting John Rhys Davies and our time.  This ridiculous work has unknown Gary Stretch as a Portuguese swashbuckler type out for the money and in the middle of a potential war.


His father has been killed, he is sold into slavery and is about to be framed for a crime he did not commit.  Of course it is not coincidence, but no one is that smart in the film, than the King of Siam is threatened.  Fortunately, Yul Brynner was not available.  Then this just goes on and on and on for 92 embarrassing minutes.


The fighting was phony, script a catastrophe and like a traffic jam, you are so happy when it’s over.  This was more like a car wreck.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image is often weak and has some of the weakest digital effects we’ve seen in a while.  The ocean shot of two boats in the water looks incomplete as the digital water the phony boats are in looks barely rendered as if the ships are floating versus soaking.  That says so much about the weakness of the visual presentation.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 has some surrounds, but is nothing special.  Don’t even ask about extras.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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