This is an Epic Journey film of a Roman soldier, Noreno, who has to pass through remote and beautifully shot scenery to bring a message to General Corbulo. His journey is interwoved with short scenes of Mickey Rourke as the general mumbling through the script, messing up the dialog, misspronouncing words, and appearing drunk or unwell. There are a few fight scenes of Noreno being pursued by Parthians (Rourke misspronounces Parthian) who attempt to indict. Really though, this film is slowed by Rourke’s scenes and horrible acting. Worse yet, he is wearing cheap fake eyelashes and press-on fake french nails: I kid you not! He sort of resembles a drunken and lost drag queen.
Bai Ling does a great job in her 5 minute scene, but she too misspronounces names and words. She clearly has acting chops, but Rourke seems out of it in her scene. She is supposed to be his mistress, but there is zero sexual chemistry.
Noreno played by Lee Partridge is mainly only running, or fighting. There is a good scene with an early Christian, Saul. The scenery is lovely, and the cinematography is fantastic. The end of the film is unsatisfying because you expect to see a certain resolution to Noreno’s character arc, but it just doesn’t happen. Those expecting a Roman legion movie will be disapointed by this strange opus. Mostly this film will be remembered for its bizarre, campy appearance by Mickey Rourke.
Mickey was horrible and what’s up with his finger nails and glue on eye lashes?? Acting was terrible.
Overuse of CGI
Thought it looked decent. Wrong.
Who doesn’t like Mickey Rourke! He did great in this flick. The storyline is solid as is the beautiful setting, I believe it was shot in Spain but the special effects could have been better. Worth a watch with friends and family.