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THE THIRTEENTH WARRIOR puts up a good fight, I'm entirely surprised to report. The long-on-the-shelf (since last summer!) Michael Crich- ton adaptation-- from his novel "Eaters of the Dead"-- is a long, loud, dirt-caked, sweat-soaked, gets-medieval-on-your-ass, muddy, bloody, violent, and then more-violent sword 'n' shield-er about an Arab poet-turned-ambassador (Antonio Banderas) who is volunteered to join a band of no-nonsense Norsemen to fight a "mysterious enemy" to the north. (The resulting B-worthy plot involves such shopworn stan- dards as a remote outpost with little or no defenses, a surprise at- tack deep within the enemy's lair, and a couple against-all-impossi- ble-odds-battles.) Taken just seriously enough-- please refrain from yelling "bring out your dead!"-- there's lots to like here, from Ban- deras' no-name co-stars to the staggering, hundreds o' extras physi- cal production. (Think BRAVEHEART crossed with, say, CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR.) Some well-staged woodland stalking and a few hundred hu- man skulls also bring back pleasant PREDATOR memories, director John McTiernan's Schwarzenegger starring sophomore effort. (He's better- known for DIE HARD as well as this summer's THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR.) Eh, it's probably not so hot as a date movie, but for two hours of straight-faced swordplay, one could do worse... With Vladimir Ku- lich, Dennis Storhoi, Diane Venora, and, for a few slow scenes at the start, Omar Sharif. The screenplay is credited to Warren Lewis and TERMINATOR contributor William Wisher. (Rated "R"/107 min.) Grade: B Copyright 1999 by Michael J. Legeros Movie Hell is a trademark of Michael J. Legeros
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