A scowling lone rider, a man who cares for no one and lives and dies by his sword - yawn... it's another Christopher Lambert fantasy B movie. Not perturbed by humiliations such as the Highlander sequels and Mortal Kombat, he's back again, born half of heaven and half of hell, as the bad ass Beowulf.
Entering a fortress on the edge of darkness, Beowulf's task is to face a terror that the besieged locals surrounded by their enemy's army have no escape from. Cue swashbuckling action to a woefully grinding techno soundtrack.80s mythical fantasy films used to have a certain charm (Beast Master, Krull), but the 90s generation are as soulless as the computer games most of them are based on. Although not based on a game itself, Beowulf does feature the body that inspired Tombraiders Laura Croft: the pneumatic Mitra, whose acting could easily be mistaken for computer animation.
Apart form Lambert's mid-battle somersaults the only interest is why the evil creature looks like something from an outtake of The Predator.
Respect though to the young actress Velaquez, who five minutes into the movie, despite being saved by Lambert decides she can't take any more, so off Lambert's horse she jumps to be put out of her misery.She obviously knew it was going to be a real howler of a movie. ---David Michael