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Merlin and the Book of Beasts (2010)

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Sorcerer Arkadian has taken over Camelot with a zoo of beasts from his magical book. King Arthur's daughter Avlynn asks Merlin to help her take back Camelot. She also has to find the sacred... See full summary »

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Warren P. Sonoda (as Warren Sonoda)

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Brook Durham
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Cast overview:
James Callis ... Merlin
Laura Harris ... Avlynn
Jesse Moss ... Lysanor
Patrick Sabongui ... Tristan
Donald Adams Donald Adams ... Sir Galahad
Jim Thorburn ... The Arkadian
Maja Aro ... Medusa Gorgon (as Maja Stace Smith)
Megan Vincent ... Minerva Gorgon
Monique Ganderton ... Moira Gorgon
Daniel Cudmore ... Dragon Knight
Lauro David Chartrand-DelValle ... Armour Knight / Wall Guard (as Lauro Chartrand)
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Sorcerer Arkadian has taken over Camelot with a zoo of beasts from his magical book. King Arthur's daughter Avlynn asks Merlin to help her take back Camelot. She also has to find the sacred sword Excalibur to assist her as she leads a band of knights to battle Arkadian. Written by speaker3000

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The darkest knights of all.

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A year after this TV movie was broadcast, the actor portraying Merlin, James Callis, would appear in the TV show "Merlin" (Series 4) playing a character that would betray Merlin's trust for his own personal gain and not for the good of Camelot. See more »

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Funny...but unintentionally
25 April 2011 | by pontramSee all my reviews

Despite this is a TV movie, I thought, it should have some quality, as James Callis, who was great as Gaius Balthar in Battlestar Galactica re-imagined, plays here the said Merlin.

It's the story of an old magician/warrior who turned his back on the world, but has to fight a last time against a young, but well-known enemy, together with the daughter and sons of his former comrades of the Artus-saga.

So far so bad, because it turns out that the plot, which has some potential for an entertaining fantasy movie (remember 'The Raven' with Vincent Price), is executed in a very cheap and unpleasant way, the directing has no feeling for unintentionally ridiculous moments, which are happening astonishing often.

James Callis as Merlin is completely out of place, he overacts far too much, maybe he tried to save the movie, but he hasn't yet the caliber to save a lost production, regardless how wide he opens his eyes, how heavy with meanings he dons his hood.

The rest of the crew is trying hard, but also fails against ridiculous dialogs, pathetic scenes and a script apparently from a children's book author or even his/her teen progeny - no pun intended.

From a children's view the movie may be entertaining, but I don't think it was intended for this audience, which should not be older than, say, 10 to 12 years. And if it did, I wouldn't welcome to see my children watching a movie made that sloppy...


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 2010 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Merlin e o Livro das Trevas See more »

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