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Thursday, September 17, 2015

My Review Of "Nothing Sacred"

"Nothing Sacred" is an indie, supernatural, fantasy saga directed Dylan Bank, and Morgan Pehme. The film stars an impressive international cast including William Sadler (Iron Man 3, Shawshank Redemption, Die Hard 2), French superstar Thierry Lhermitte (The Dinner Game, Little Indian, Big City), B-movie queen Debbie Rochon (Skeleton Key, Nowhere Man), and the haunting Philippe Nahon (High Tension, Irreversible). "Nothing Sacred" is pretty weighted story that pulls inspiration from many genres, martial arts action, occult supernaturalism, and epic Euro styled fantasy- all with a blend of American home spun personality, and homegrown atmosphere.

Synopsis: A pair of twins named Blue and Delilah, separated at birth, meet for the first time at their mother's death bed. Their mother tells the twins that it is their fate to fulfill a secret prophecy. The prophecy foretold long ago that they would avenge her death by killing the dark sorcerer Chambers. The only problem is that Chambers is their father - and in a month from now, he'll have the last gruesome ingredient he needs to become immortal. As time runs down, the twins chase Chambers across the world from the corpse-filled catacombs of Paris to the most sacred rituals of the Muskogee Indians in Oklahoma. Along the way, they have to do battle with Chambers' vast army of followers, bringing them face to face with the Mayor of Paris, the Greek god Hermes, a street magician whose frightening tricks are real, and an immortal king with a castle hidden high in the mountains of Belgium.

Banks and Pehme's story is a multi-layered, elevated adventure saga with heavy dramatic character building and globetrotting stripped-down action sequences. The writing is mature, well thought out, wonderfully delivered by an eclectic and impressive cast. The action scenes do drop the momentum of "Nothing Sacred" a bit. The fighting and choreography are decent but they don't have an energetic atmosphere resting over them to really give us that intended impact. Still they are just as well thought out, and maturing approached as the writing and dramatic sequences. The really impressive aspect of "Nothing Sacred" is the international flavor that it offers, as scenes are set in various locations around the world allowing for this occult themed saga to really develop into the expansive narrative that it is. Plus it is multilingual, with perfectly executed French, First Nations People's Musgokee. The vast majority is in English so don't be intimidated. 

The special effects are a blend of practical effects, make-up, and Syfy/British level television CGI. Against the more stripped down scenes with mundane background these effects do seem somewhat out-of-place at times, and feel a bit cheap. Not always and when they do work they work pretty dang well. The attitude and girth of story and material that Banks and Pehme go for with "Nothing Sacred" is the real special effect attribute, it is nothing less than impressive, and note worthy. The soundtrack is typical fantasy, action stuff that although complimentary to the film, doesn't really stand out as anything monumental. Overall "Nothing Sacred" is a nice indie supernatural fantasy film that has some really good moments. There is equal bad in the film, but on the whole this is a cool, in depth saga with international flare that should be checked out by fans of indie world cinema fans. 
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