SANDS OF OBLIVION
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
The Ten Commandments is being filmed by non other than Cecil Demille in a desert near Guadeloupe, California. Unfortunately for all involved, a bunch of people start dying in mysterious ways and DeMille literally buries the set. And now we have arrived, 60 years later as archeologists attempt to find the set and end up revealing a terrifying Egyptian beast!
Is it good movie?
Hey, Homer's in this movie! Yeah, that's right, Dan Castellaneta of Simpsons fame actually lent his real face to this flick- what a strange thing to see. You'd think that after twenty seasons on the Simpsons he wouldn't have to slum it for a goofy Sci-Fi flick- maybe he owed someone some cash.
There really, really isn't a lot to say about this movie. Do you like all of the Mummy movies (even the last one)? Do you like awful special effects? Do you like serious overacting from characters you might recognize as 'that guy' from 'that thing'? Then this flick is for you.
I know I should be discussing plot before anything else but I've just got to touch on some of the CGI used in this movie. Everything that has been animated with a computer in this flick looks absolutely godawful, right down to some brutal looking snakes. I know CGI is necessary sometimes but if I were looking at this stuff in post-production I'd cut it from the film. This film would then be only 5 minutes long, but I digress. Bad CGI (even in a sci-fi TV movie) yanks you so far out of movie immersion it boggles the mind.
I'm a harsh critic, and I know it but I really thought this movie was pretty terrible. I guess it has its audience- if you dig really low-budget stuff that you happen to catch on cable at 3 am on a Saturday night then you're all set. The flick is predictable- it features a little plot, a little romantic subplot, a really talky guy who gives a lot of exposition, people running from bad CGI a lot and a big rubbery monster guy.
Even the gore is computer generated. I'd have to say that the only two decent things about this flick are when a dude fights a living hieroglyphic, and that Morena Baccarin is super hot. I know that might be disappointing, but them's the breaks.
Video / Audio
Video is presented in a nice, clean 1.78:1 widescreen transfer and looks nice, if not a bit bland.
Audio is Dolby 5.1 and was a really dull mix.
I shouldn't dump on this movie and say no one will like it because some people tend to gravitate to stuff like this. With that said, this is not a good movie and if there is a good idea in there, it's buried underneath some awful effects. If you're 13 or a huge sci-fi buff, check this out. If not, I probably wouldn't even make it a last choice rental.