The Musketeer

The Musketeer

Peter Hyams (2001)

100min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Anyone expecting a high-octane version of the sparkling 1973 swashbuckler The Three Musketeers will be sorely disappointed with this insipid action adventure by The Relic director Peter Hyams. Falling flat from the clumsy opening titles, it fails entirely in its aim to update Alexandre Dumas's classic by adding Matrix-style fight choreography. Not only are the confrontation sequences between Justin Chambers's vengeful musketeer D'Artagnan and Cardinal Richelieu's henchman Tim Roth uninspired and tension free, they're also snigger-inducing with their obvious speeded-up camerawork. But even that's not as funny as the ludicrous collection of mullet haircuts, beards and inconsistent accents that add an extra air of farce to a movie crammed with hammy dialogue and wooden performances. What acting sophisticate Catherine Deneuve is doing in this mess is anybody's guess.

Summary

A peasant boy sets off for Paris on a mission to join the legendary royal guards and track down the mysterious man who killed his father. However, he makes powerful enemies in the city as he battles to protect the queen. Swashbuckling adventure, starring Justin Chambers, Catherine Deneuve, Mena Suvari and Tim Roth.

Cast & Crew

D'Artagnan Justin Chambers
The Queen Catherine Deneuve
Francesca Bonacieux Mena Suvari
Febre the Man in Black Tim Roth
Cardinal Richelieu Stephen Rea
Bonacieux Bill Treacher
King Louis XIII Daniel Mesguich
Aramis Nick Moran
Director Peter Hyams
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena VistaGuidance: Contains some violence.Available on: video and DVD
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