It took Sampson and his crew a few years to get this to the screen, I guess that's just how Hollywood works, but the wait was well worth it!
If you read any of the reviews here, you will clearly see who actually watched the film as a fan, and you'll see some weird guy who keeps posting garbage reviews over and over under different names. Ignore that guy and see this film! He is just bringing this site down to the level of Facebook and it doesn't look good for him to do that.
From a viewer standpoint, you'll need to know right off that this film is as much about the history of the Knight's Templar as Star Wars is about the space program. This is an Original and Tempting tale that invites the viewer into a classic storyline of wrongdoing, vengeance and on occasion ... boobies! Who doesn't love boobies?
I don't want to give away plot details, but you can expect the same flow in this story that has been popular and successful in similar cult classic films like Kill Bill (no coincidence intended with Carradine's role), but the transfer of time from then to now with a storyline that "keeps it real" is exactly what I'm talking about.
For the technical buffs who see this - enjoy a film actually shot on film, the kind that makes the big screen look magical! Someone mentioned the landscapes look real - my guess is that it's because it was professionally shot on the REAL landscape! I was transformed back in time 800 years in the first scene.
The castle they shot in is also real. This isn't a studio set, that's a real building. I did my homework on that and I wan't to spend a night in it, the place looks great! The players in the game are a nice blend of long standing film talents and some fresh faces in the industry who got a real lucky break working with this line-up.
It's evident in the story and the production that the big names who did this film did it because it is a standout notch not their resumes! Sampson produced a winner in this! Kier, Reedus, Carradine - these aren't come and go actors, these people only do films that matter, I was truly impressed!
While you can only officially get it at the moment in the UK, or order it from Amazon/Europe like I did, I say Get It! I'm sure it will be hitting the states soon, but if you're like me and you don't want to wait to own a copy of some great Norman Reedus acting or just to have the thrill of owning the last David Carradine film, Amazon is the place to be.
Non-bias rating: It's an absolute 10! You aren't getting 300, Lord of the Rings or some other film that people have compared it to - you're getting something more original, and in Hollywood, where people are remaking f'd out scripts like Total Recall over and over again, it's truly refreshing to see that someone took the time and the expense to produce something new that I haven't seen twenty times over. Before I have to sit through another rendition of Alice in Wonderland, I'm glad to enjoy a unique plot with characters I actually like!
Ignore the big mouth slamming this film on this review board, watch it and enjoy the American Dream. A film that someone dreamt up and created without ripping off the same old garbage. Night of the Templar is well worth the ten bucks!