The Swordsman

release year: 1993
genre: action/adventure
viewing setting: home laserdisc, 11/4/97
what I expected: martial arts cheese
what I got: no martial arts at all

synopsis: Andrew is a psychic cop who ends up investigating the stolen sword of Alexander the Great. Is it possible that he's actually a reincarnation of the great conqueror?

impressions: This had good production values, camera work, and acting, but its basic plot was too confused. Questions went unanswered, and often, we were left asking, "why?" Well, we never found out. If this movie had contained a lot of nudity, fighting, etc. it might have been okay. As it was, the best we got was some mediocre swordplay. By the film's second half, we just wanted it to end.

acting: I'm not sure if Lorenzo Lamas can really act or not, but one thing's for sure: his work in Renegade is better than his work here. The guy who played the main villain wasn't a great actor himself, either.

final word: Snooze.

rating: D

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