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Forbidden Empire

2014 2h 7m Adventure Fantasy Mystery & Thriller List
Reviews 34% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings
In the 18th century, cartographer Jonathan Green sets out to map the uncharted parts of Transylvania, and discovers dark secrets and dangerous creatures hidden in a cursed forest. Read More Read Less
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Cody Ray Shafer Under the Radar There are some thrilling sequences, and the monsters are great, especially for low-budget CGI. Rated: 5.5/10 Jun 8, 2015 Full Review Matt Donato We Got This Covered Forbidden Empire strives so hard to be a fantastical epic, but muddied storytelling can't be saved by the horrors of Viy. Rated: 5/10 May 25, 2015 Full Review Rob Hunter Film School Rejects The visuals are enough of a reason to give it a watch, but the film as a whole becomes a mostly forgettable mash of entertaining effects and dull interactions. Rated: C+ May 25, 2015 Full Review Meredith Borders Birth.Movies.Death. FORBIDDEN EMPIRE is wild and colorful and exciting and funny; it's neck-deep in witches and monsters and magic and devilry. It's a bit of a mess, but it's the sort of mess more movies should make of themselves. May 21, 2015 Full Review Read all reviews

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Nacho R bad. pacing was horrible and story was just nonsense. honeslty one of the worst movies ive ever seen Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 03/12/24 Full Review Matthew D Ah yes, the magical fantasy realm of a Russian forest! This looks like a Russian fan film of Age of Empires with ugly visuals, cheap CGI, and amateurish acting. It's actually closer to a Russian bargain bin version of Eragon. Total slop dumped on Amazon Prime and a waste of time. That Jeff Bridges fantasy movie Seventh Son was better and that's one of the worst movies ever made. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 06/10/23 Full Review Audience Member A mildly entertaining fantasy/monster mystery, kind of in the vein of a Scooby-Doo adventure. The CGI is only slightly better than the cartoon quality. I think a lot is lost in the translation of the language, as the dialogue comes off as very basic and without any real substance. The collision between superstition and science, which is at the heart of the movie, gets lost in the CGI gimmicks. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review camille l Viy est un film fantastique russe au budget relativement moyen co-produit par Uwe Boll avec Jason Flemyng et Charles Dance dans des rôles importants tiré d'un roman de Nikolai Gogol. A partir de ce postulat tout à fait singulier, Oleg Stepchenko en tire un fatras aux ruptures de ton aussi étranges que la direction artistique dont le film fait preuve. La première heure, pleine d'exposition, est aussi ennuyeuse que son troisième acte est chaotique (dans le bon sens du terme) avec des setpieces impressionnantes et aux résolutions aussi stupides que réjouissantes. Viy n'est clairement pas pour tout le monde mais c'est un film assez unique en son genre et qui vaut le coup d'oeil pour les plus aventureux d'entre nous. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member This movie doesn't make sense. The plot is so freaking stupid, the fantasy part was even worse, the ending is I think the worst shit I've never wanted to see. All I got from the movie was that the British are smart, scientists, rich, and the Slavic are stupid little savages. I thought that the fantasy part of the movie would be important and it turned out that the Orthodox priest was the one who was the bad guy. OMG i can't even. You should watch and see how stupid this movie is. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Entertaining. A huge success in Russia. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis In the 18th century, cartographer Jonathan Green sets out to map the uncharted parts of Transylvania, and discovers dark secrets and dangerous creatures hidden in a cursed forest.
Director
Oleg Stepchenko
Producer
Gleb Fetisov, Alexander Kulikov, Leonid Ogorodnikov, Aleksey Petrukhin
Screenwriter
Aleksandr Karpov, Oleg Stepchenko
Production Co
Ankor-Film, Marins Group Entertaiment, Galaxy Vision
Genre
Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery & Thriller
Original Language
Russian
Release Date (Streaming)
Jan 7, 2017
Runtime
2h 7m
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