Crusade of Vengeance Release Date: 4 May 2010 (Turkey) Genre: Action | Adventure Director(s): Byron W. Thompson Writer(s): Byron W. Thompson Starring: Rutger Hauer, Joanna Pacula, Arnold Vosloo, Molly Culver What’s mildly amusing about an actress like Joanna Pacula is that, like Stockard Channing, she has a look of a classical actress. Even though she’s […]

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Crusade of Vengeance
Release Date: 4 May 2010 (Turkey)
Genre: Action | Adventure
Director(s): Byron W. Thompson
Writer(s): Byron W. Thompson
Starring: Rutger Hauer, Joanna Pacula, Arnold Vosloo, Molly Culver

What’s mildly amusing about an actress like Joanna Pacula is that, like Stockard Channing, she has a look of a classical actress. Even though she’s up there in age, especially by Hollywood standards, she’s quite striking. But while Channing gets big paydays on high-level indie projects and mediocre TV shows, Pacula just can’t seem to break that stigma of being nothing more than a direct-to-video and Lifetime movie kind of actress. With movies like Art of Murder, Dinocroc, and Dead Easy making up much her resume, it’s not hard to see why it’s been difficult. With Crusade of Vengeance, which was shot under that “So 90’s urban it hurts” title of Warrior Angels, she takes one-step further away from the mainstream.

Admittedly, Crusade of Vengeance isn’t that bad. It has many of the qualities that you’d have expected out of a mid-90s Corman effort; laughable effects, a generic script, and a pair of actors in the lead roles who have just enough name value between the two of them to still get work in movies made in Lithuanaia. And honestly, that’s the era that Crusade of Vengeance really should’ve been produced in. Even though it’s better than most DTV medieval period pieces, it just looks and feels dated in the year 2006.

That God is one shiesty dealmaker. Sometime in the late 1180’s, while the Crusades were still raging, he came to Elizabeth (Pacula) and made a proposal. If she signed up to fight in the Crusades, he would ensure that her son Peter would survive. But he didn’t say that her son would remain loyal to her (I can just imagine him exclaiming “Hahahah bitch!”). After the warlord Grekkor invaded her former homeland and reclaimed the land he believed was rightfully his, he took her son with him. Grekkor’s got some talent, as he manages to turn Peter from a momma’s boy, to a grieving child, to an attentive slave in just a few moments. Thank God for scripts that are written in two weeks.

So yeah, Elizabeth is pissed. She eventually joins up with a few women, including an archer (Culver), a thief, and a gypsy, to battle Grekkor. Since they’re not exactly capable of such a battle, she convinces Grekkor’s righthand man Luke (Vosolo, who played the head terrorist Marwar on “24’s” fourth season and Imhotep in the Mummy films) to switch to their team.

Even though Byron Thompson won’t be moving up to the big leagues anytime soon aside from as a production assistant, he did manage to get some half-decent performances out of the already capable group of actors. Rutger Hauer is, of course, the man. Hopefully his Batman Begins work will catapult him away from this kind of material, if only for a few years. Pacula isn’t that bad either, even with the revolving accent. I was waiting for her to start sounding like a Russian at some point, but sadly that never came.

A silly b-movie that’s far from a waste of time.
DVD: Barebones.

On a sidenote, you’ve gotta love foreign artwork. Of the two pictured to the left, one depicts Rutger Hauer as a knight and the other just has a random hot brunette with angel wings and a sword. Neither has anything to do with the movie.

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