Continuing with the popular trend of rehashing old movies or books (Sherlock Holmes…) we have the new version of Alexandre Dumas novel directed by Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil, Death Race, Event Horizon). As you have probably noticed Paul has more of a sci-fi vibe going on, and if you add to that his greater than life attitude you get a movie so far from the original idea that it is hard to look at it seriously. The only way I could look at this movie is through the eyes of kids, since I am guessing that this is the target group. Even then, it is a bit sad to think that kids nowadays will think that there were blimps and other contraptions in the novel (or in that age for that matter). So you must dismiss all seriousness and logic and just go with the flow with this one. I have seen all three versions of this novel and I must say that the best one is the one from 1973. Apart from Logan Lerman (D’Artagnan) every actor was great with the accent on the dark side of the force. I just hate Logan Lerman, and his roles, he’s the new teenage actor that appeals to the hipster urban audience and I do not see a way how can he repair his reputation.

Young D’Artagnan dreams of becoming a musketeer as his father, with whom he practices his skills. Cocky and arrogant he heads to the town to realize his dream but soon ends up in a brawl with all of the three remaining musketeers. He finds out that they are all now doing different things, and the musketeers are a thing of past. Four of them have a common enemy, Cardinal Richelieu and his guard who seek to seize the throne of France who is now governed by a young king. Cardinal thinks of a scheme that involves a beautiful but deadly Milady de Winter, Duke of Buckingham and queen of France to overthrow the king and it seems that the musketeers are the only thing that stands between the Cardinal and the throne… They begin their quest that will involve Da Vinci’s contraptions, boats, swords, jewels and many more things that look cool.

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson

Cast: Matthew Macfadyen, Milla Jovovich, Luke Evans, Ray Stevenson, Orlando Bloom, Christoph Waltz

Fun Facts: Playing Rochefort, Mads Mikkelsen in this movie wears an eye-patch over the very same left eye that his Le Chiffre character wept blood in Casino Royale. It’s also over the eye Mikkelsen missed in Valhalla Rising when playing the viking warrior/spirit known as One-Eye.

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IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1509767/

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