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1492: Conquest of Paradise


Roger Davidson

1492: Conquest of Paradise
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This was the second film dealing with the 500th Anniversary of Columbus' "discovery" of America in 1992. It is the worst of the two. First, there is the lighting of the film. It's so dark, you can't tell what's going on half the time. Second, it's long and dull, two words I hate put together. Finally, the casting choice. Personally, I would pick De Niro or Andy Garcia to play Columbus. But, why Gerard Depardieu??? As for the supporting cast, Sigourney Weaver doesn't save the three sinking ships (pun intended), and considering her other film credits, (Alien, Working Girl, Gorillas in the Mist and Dave) this is a real acting disappointment.

When you see it, it's hard to accept that this is from the same director as that of "Alien", "Blade Runner" and "Thelma and Louise". Believe me, you'll fall asleep before the first twenty minutes roll by, it's that dull. I agree with a statement made by Leonard Maltin (in Cinemania) about this: "Might have been better, had the action aped director Scott's finale to Thelma and Louise, by having Columbus and crew sail off the edge of the world."

Footnote 1997:I had forgotten to acredit this to Maltin. I sincerely apologize.

My Rating = One Star

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