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The Last Templar (2008/TV Movie/RHI/Genius DVD)


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Telefilm: C-



Mira Sorvino is a good actress, but she has put herself into a genre corner that does not help her career any and despite her fine talents, Paolo Barzman’s The Last Templar (2008) adds Victor Garber, Omar Sharif (in one of his last roles) and Scott Foley in an attempt to do another Indiana Jones-type romp with fantasy and religious elements that are stillborn on arrival.


The performances are occasionally lively and the idea of dressed Templars showing up to do what they do inadvertently come across more like Monty Python than anything mysterious or foreboding.  The whole thing seems aimed towards younger viewers and seems condescending overall.  Except for a few minor highlights, yet another dud from RHI.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image was shot on HD of some kind and the result is a softness throughout that undermines so much of the “authenticity” of the presentation, including a phony attempt to add noise to older footage to say it is from the far past.  We see this kind of noise in the digital age all the time.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is a little better, but not by much, with barely good dialogue recording and an awkward soundfield that never excites for the genre.  Extras include stills and a making of featurette.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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