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Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger

Posted in Action/Adventure, Classics, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 28, 2009 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

Sinbad (Patrick Wayne), sailor and Prince of Baghdad, seeks permission from Prince Kassim to marry his sister Princess Farah (Jane Seymour). A spell is placed on Kassim by their evil stepmother Zenobia (Margaret Whiting) turning him into a baboon (one of Harryhausen’s stop-motion creations) just as he was going to be crowned caliph. Sinbad sets off with Princess Farah to find an alchemist named Melanthius (Patrick Troughton), who knows where to discover a cure to break the evil spell.

Sinbad and his crew eventually find Melanthius and his daughter Dione (Taryn Power), who agrees to help them with their quest. Melanthius tells Sinbad and his crew that they must travel to the land of Hyperboria to find an ancient pyramid where Kassim can be cured. Zenobia, her son Rafi, and the Minaton(a mechanical version of the Minotaur) secretly stalk them. On their quest, Sinbad and his crew encounter creatures such as a trio of ghouls, a killer wasp (effected by Zenobia’smagic), a giant walrus, a troglodyte (a creature that is friendly to Sinbad and his crew), and a smilodon (whose body gets possessed by Zenobia).

REVIEW:

This is the final installment of the Sinbad trilogy. I’m a little partial to it, since it was the first Sinbad film I ever saw when I was younger.

As with its predecessor, this one goes to further cement the legacy of Ray Harryhausen and his genius work with stop-motion animation (a lost art form, if you ask me).

Patrick Wayne would not have been my first choice to play Sinbad. He just doesn’t convince me that he’s the dashing sailor. To me, he seems more like some sort of villain or lackey.

A young Jane Seymour appears in this film and is smoking hot. Not to mention she gives a fine performance as Princess Farrah.

The effects in this film, are what you come to expect from films of this era. By today’s standards they are laughable, but when you consider the technology that was available at the time, it’s cutting edge.

As with the other Sinbad films, this one starts off a bit slow, but gradually picks up until the climactic final battle.  Leading up to that point are a couple of monsters thrown in to keep your interest piqued. In the case of this film, we get a giant walrus.

While Sinbad and his crew do vanquish the walrus, I was left wondering why they didn’t kill it. I’m sure they would have had plenty of food and warmth if they would have done so.

Another oddity was the fact that these people from the mid-east region actually didn’t seem affected by the cold of the Arctic. I’m from the south and can barely take the cold snaps we have, so I know it must have been an experience for them, but I guess for the film’s purposes, they didn’t need to go into all that.

Oh, how I wish they made films like this these days. The action, animation, story, and scenery all make for an epic adventure on a grand scope that no film can match these days because they try to make things too real or too serious. Only the Pirates of the Carribean trilogy comes close. If you’re into the kind of film that shows what Hollywood put out during the days when films were fun to watch, then this is one of those pictures.

4 out of 5 stars

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