Thursday, June 5, 2014

The Ark of the Sun God (1984)

Original title: I Sopravvissuti dela citta Morta

Director: Antonio Margheriti

Writers: Giovanni Paolucci, Giovanni Simonelli

Composer: Aldo Tamborelli

Starring: David Warbeck, John Steiner, Susie Sudlow, Luciano Pigozzi, Ricardo Palacios, Achille Brugnini, Aytekin Akkaya, Suleyman Turan, Nick Alexander, Domiziano Arcangeli, John Gayford, Susan Spafford, Pat Starke

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The powerful story of one man's quest for the greatest prize of all

Plot: A safecracker takes a job where he must go to Istanbul and steal a scepter that once belonged to the god Gilgamesh but is now in the temple of a secret cult.

My rating: 4/10

Will I watch it again? No.

I'd rather watch a STAR WARS (1977) knock off than one of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981).  At least they're usually in outer space and they've got some semblance of a budget (albeit they're almost always low).  With the RAIDERS rip-offs, the budgets are low and they're usually set in contemporary times ('cause, you know, budget).  This is one of them.  Woof.  You can only blame the English dub so far (in this case, not very) as the acting is silly and over the top, the sets are cheap, the camerawork is cheap, and so on.  It's obvious the 'inspiration' came from Raiders but I was constantly reminded of that MUCH better picture.  This one is a cheap, picture with nothing to offer.  I can usually find something good in any film but not this one.  The only nice thing I can say, really, is that it's not a complete bore.

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