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13th Warrior

A movie directed by John McTiernan

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  • Mar 26, 2000


This was a very confusing movie. I really don't like that dark and dreary background, all busy with people flying around, when you can't see the bad guys. Frankly I only watched this movie because Antonio Banderas was in it.

After watching the first ½ hour I still wasn't sure what the story was going to be about. It was loosely set up with a bunch of guys meeting in a cave or some other hovel and choosing 13 warriors to go to some other really weird place to kill some bad guys. Of course you knew Antonio was going to be the 13th warrior, for one thing he was the star and for another he was the only clean one there.

The story proceeds with a long horse back trek, then a boat trek and ends up God knows where. Somewhere along the way we pick up women. Don't know how that happened but of course we need them so Antonio can have a love interest in the story. We move on to the bad guys. They try to pass these guys off as some kind of mutant bearlike hairy beast creatures. You of course know they are men in bear suits, you aren't dumb after all. Turns out these bear people are also cannibals or cannibal like people. A very confusing script and hard story line to follow. Add a few different languages and dialects, I was lost.

Bear people attack, slaughter, mayhem, torture and at no time do you get a look at them because they still want you to believe they are creatures of some kind and not people gone bad. They even carry off their dead, so no clues there either! May I add they are also VERY fast. They prepare for the next attack and Antonio discovers they are men (of course it was Antonio, not the other 100 people in the village that have been living with these bear people for years) and that changes the whole idea of the story. If they are people and not monsters, then they can be killed and tracked!

There were a lot of religious overtones in this story which confused it even more. Maybe that was the idea, all these cultures had to get together and slay the evil monsters for it to take effect. I don't know, that evolved during that first ½ hour that confused me. Wasn't a particularly good movie, had never heard of it before (my son rented it or I wouldn't have heard of it now), thought the photography was poorly shot and the story line was pretty bad, there was no good music and Antonio never took off his shirt. In fact, couldn't wait for it to end so I could get back on the computer but I stayed for the quality family time (smile). Don't bother - it ranks up there with Titanic in my book and you know how I felt about that one!


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Director John McTiernan takes viewers back to 900 A.D. in THE 13th WARRIOR. After courting "an untouchable" Muslim princess, Ahmed (Antonio Banderas) is banished and sent North as an emissary. When traveling from Baghdad to Saqaliba, he stumbles into an encampment of Vikings. At first repulsed by their Nordic ways, Ahmed soon grows fond of the Northerners and joins their party. <br> <br> When news is brought that a horde of flesh eating monsters are ravaging the land, the mystic Oracle ordains that a group of 13 must travel to fight their evil doings. Twelve Nordes rom the party are chosen, Ahmed, a Muslim, is picked as the thirteenth. Knowing that defeat is eminent, the 13 warriors must undergo indeterminable odds to battle and rid the land of the horrific flesh eaters. <br> <br> The 13th Warrior is an epic tour de force created by two of Hollywood's most ingenious: Michael Crichton (JURASSIC PARK, LOOKER) and John McTiernan (PREDATOR, THE LAST ACTION HERO). Its sheer epicness and style make it an a...
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Cast: Diane Venora
Director: John McTiernan
Release Date: 1999
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: Touchstone / Disney (September 15, 2009)
Runtime: 1hr 42min
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