The Thirteenth Warrior

Tucson Weekly

DIRECTED BY: John McTiernan

REVIEWED: 09-07-99

In an odd take on the Beowulf legend, an Arab diplomat (Antonio Banderas) accompanies 12 Vikings as they assist a Nordic kingdom plagued by a horde of inhuman attackers. Though co-directors John McTiernan and Michael Crichton skillfully depict the sights and textures of medieval Europe, the movie is stultifyingly dull. Banderas doesn't help with his weak performance, which is endemic of his work since he adopted a lame, "macho" persona after leaving Spain for Hollywood (it's hard to believe that he's the same actor who was so engaging in all of those Pedro Almodovar films).

--Greg Petix

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