Discovering a lost city beneath a pyramid, the expedition realizes they have found the lost city of the Osiris. Now with a planetary alignment in progress, and ulterior motives by one of their group, they must now stop the countdown to the apocalypse.
John Rhys-Davies (Prof. Masterton), David Charvet (Adler), Carmen Chaplin (Sarah/Princess Amanphur), Emily Holmes (Claire), Nick Moran (Adam), Joss Ackland (Prof. Mendella), Michael Higgs (Levitz), Gulshan Grover (Rohit).
Prisoners of the Sun begins slowing with extensive character development and plot setup before engaging the main storyline while continuing to move slowly. Billed as an action film, this one moves so slowly it feels more like a drama or mystery. When things finally get moving they are still at a much slower pace than expected, though audience interest has been achieved by this time. At the same time the pace increases, reality takes a vacation as a more sci-fi perspective is presented. The story ends about as expected with a few key survivors and a Happy Ever After ending.
Acting was mediocre in this one with Rhys-Davies doing a reasonable job but not enough to maintain a lead role. Charvet felt like he was added as antagonist or to support the lead but never stood up to take the role, instead gliding through the film. Chaplin, Holmes, and the remainder of the supporting cast devoted good energy to the film but it just wasn’t enough.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were nicely done with good attention to detail and quality. Physical effects were reasonably well done. CGI effects were mild for the most part but good and fit the film. Dialogue wasn’t very exciting, again bringing only mild energy to the film. Sound and soundtrack were both appropriate.
Overall Prisoners of the Sun is mild action adventure film that may not have enough of either for fans of the genre. Those who enjoy more drama, or focus on a mild storyline, will likely enjoy this the most. The rest of us may be left craving a bit more action.
With some disturbing images, violence, and mild foul language this should be fine for teens and above.
Star rating: 2 out of 5
Genre: Action & Adventure, Action Thrillers, Adventures
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