The Swordsman

1993, Movie, R, 98 mins

It's a grudge match 2300 years in the making: in this corner, Alexander the Great wielding a sword handed down from Apollo. And in the other corner: his jealous cousin Herodotus. That's the imaginative premise of this handsomely lensed, bluntly directed reincarnation action picture. Beefing up traditional martial artistry with swordplay is a savvy move, but the film's plot never takes off. Instead of taking off from the premise that Alexander the Great is back in town, this ho-hum film peters out into nothingness.

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Released: 1993 Rated: R Length: 98 mins

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