Thursday, January 14, 2016

80's Class: The Navigator- A Medieval Odyssey

I feel bad that I have to be mean to this one.  Today's Film is The Navigator, an Australian import with an interesting Plot...but that's about it.  On the plus side, this one can't have *that* huge of a fanbase at this point, so I'm probably safe.  The Film tells the tale of some Christians fleeing the Black Plague in the 14th Century.  To escape, they seek to reach the largest Church in the area and make an offering to God.  Their journey takes them to the Church...but also to the 20th Century.  The Film's gimmick is that it is partially in Black and White and partially in Color.  It is all so 'arty.'  The Director- Vincent Ward- was actually hired to do Alien 3 based on this Film!  Of course, a quick IMDB Search- and some basic film knowledge- would show you that David Fincher actually Directed that Film.  Oh well.  He also Directed What Dreams May Come, a Movie that nobody wants (according to Family Guy).  Is that a premonition of things to come?  To find out, read on...
It sure is bleak living during the Dark Ages.  There wouldn't be a 'Rock of' it for Centuries!

Of course, we had to live through the Film Version of Rock of Ages, so we have it worse!
A man returns from the far country and warns that the Plague is not being stopped.  It is on its way!
Led by the visions of a small child viewed as a Prophet, a group of them seeks to find the largest Church to make a blessing for their safety.  As they go through a tunnel, they end up in our time...and in Color!
The World is much different than they remember, what with the TVs, Cars and whatnot.
Will they make it to the Church?  Will the kid's vision of death prove true?  To find out...

Just read the next sentences- Yes, they do.  Yes, it does.  The End.
Aw, sorry.  I love the premise here.  I love what the Film promises to be.  Unfortunately, it didn't do much for me.  For all its crazy-sounding goodness, it is just alot of people acting sad, unhappy and confused.  I'm not going to say that the Film is bad- it's not.  I just didn't connect with the Story or Characters.  It won all sorts of Critics Awards, so I'd be a dick to insult the quality of the Film.  It is well-Acted and all.  I just didn't get that into it.  Maybe it will grow on me.  Oh well.  If nothing else, it starts out in dramatically-silly fashion...
Next up, a different Australian Film about Satanic Bikers hunted by a killer.  Before there was Stone Cold, there was...just Stone.  Stay tuned...

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