Mandrake - Film
Review & Movie Trailer
DVD Release Date: April 12,
Review by Compay for
Martini, Benito Martinez, Nick Gomez, Marcus DeAnda.
Mandrake is about what you would expect for most SyFy Channel
movies that go straight to DVD on Redbox.
While this film at least has a hint of originality, it's still
a far cry form anything that you'd expect to see in movie
Mandrake follows a former soldier who leads a group of
archaeologists through the jungles of Latin America, in search
of an ancient relic. Along the way, they must deal with angry
tribesmen, a supernatural forest, and a tree monster with a
case of the munchies.
What's enjoyable about the film is that it's shot well, with
some decent cinematography. If there's a catch, it's
that Louisiana natives will easily recognize that it was shot
in the state's Northern forest, and doesn't quite look like a
South American jungle.
The problem with Mandrake
is that the story is all over the place. It's difficult
to fully understand the relationship that exists between the
local tribe and the possessed jungle, and there are more than
a few plot holes in the film.
There's a great deal of unimpressive CGI used,
which gives the film a real low-budget feel. Though the
lighting effects were good, it's
extremely obvious whenever there's a shot that involved a
Most of the cast is made up of obscure TV actors, with the
exception of Benito Martinez, better known as David Aceveda from The Shield.
The cast is rounded out by a variety of Latino actors, and is
lead by Max Martini from The Unit, and the beautiful Betsy
Russell from the Saw movie franchise.
Mandrake was a bit too similar to Congo with
respect to one character's unexplained obsession with finding
a certain relic. It will also draw a number of
comparisons to The Ruins. For the most part, none of the characters
have any depth, which makes it hard to sympathize for them.
Mandrakes scores points a slightly
unique story, though it falls short due to weak writing, CGI
overuse, and unimpressive acting performances. Worth a rent if
you have time to kill, but skip out on buying the DVD.
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