Action Movie Fanatix Review: Amazons and Gladiators

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The Fight Is Just Beginning

Starring: Patrick Bergin, Jennifer Rubin, Richard Norton, Nichole Hiltz, Wendi Winburn, Mary Tamm

Director: Zachary Weintraub

2001  |  89 Minutes  |  Rated R

“Are you not Marcus Crassius, conqueror of the Amazons?  Well here’s an Amazon, conquer me!” – Serena

I streamed Amazons and Gladiators on Netflix Instant.  I am starting to look forward to the idea of a Wonder Woman movie with a strong Amazon warrior kickin’ ass.  I sorta got what I was looking for in Amazons and Gladiators.

Fleeing execution for killing a Roman senator in self-defense, slave girl Serena (Nichole Hiltz) joins Queen Zenobia’s (Mary Tamm) army and learns the ways of Amazonian warriors before going to war with Crassius (Patrick Bergin)… in a gladiator arena.

This is one of those movies that could have been quite entertaining but was completely ruined by bad storytelling, dialogue, acting and action.

The story is the equivalent of something you’d see on SyFy, minus the science fiction.  It rushes through a hodge podge of semi-historical waste of time scenes.  Normally these would lead to “the good part” but, alas, there really are no good parts.  The movie just drags on and on until it mercifully ends.

The less we talk about the supposed acting or dialogue the better so…

The gladiator fights aren’t SO bad but they actually only happen once early on and once at the end.  The rest of the action comes from training montages and short fights between the Amazons and the Romans.  These parts are really nothing special. The choreography is average at best but the camera work ruins it.  It also has a surprising lack of blood for a movie of this sort.

The great Richard Norton is also present.  He fights a little bit alongside the Amazons but he’s never given much to work with.  It’s unfortunate because we know he is capable to doing good work… in and out of the action.

Amazons and Gladiators should have been something fun – a bunch of Amazons kickin’ Roman ass – but it never lived up to its potential.  I guess I’ll have to keep waiting for a decent Wonder Woman movie.

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