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By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Woman fights to be queen of African kingdoms; violence.

Movie NR 2021 102 minutes
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Amina is a messy mashup of other bloody genres and, as battle movies go, this is a hoot. Unfortunately, it's not supposed to be funny. It's shot as if it's a Greek tragedy or a Shakespearean comedy, and sinister political plots upon schemes upon plans abound. Betrayal, jealousy, gladiators, blood sports, and gamesmanship are all mixed with oppression against women, 16th century style; slavery (with Black enslavers, in this case); and war.

Most of the time this feels like Plan 9 from Outer Space, a sci-fi cinematic punchline from 1957 that director Ed Wood scraped together on a foundation of stilted, outlandish dialogue, cheap sets, bad acting, and creaky special effects, costumes, and makeup, as well as a confusing plot that mostly seems beside the point. In one Amina scene, a horse is seen urinating, and it isn't clear if the filmmakers noticed. Perhaps the editor thought it would be funny to leave it in. Like Plan 9, this is so-bad-it's-good cinema, only it's not good.

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