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King Solomon's Mines (1985)

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Adventure spoof features relentless fighting and explosions.

Movie PG-13 1985 100 minutes
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All the elements are here for a big, over-the-top action/adventure with a historical angle, but somehow this feature falls flat. The relentless violence and the second-rate imitation of the popular Indiana Jones movies means it has all the action but none of the charm or wit. It takes a certain knowledge of these actors and the works they draw from to appreciate the jokes here, and in between there's just too much of a hodgepodge of the genre to feel it's distinguishing itself in any way. Parents of a certain age may appreciate seeing Sharon Stone in an early, pre-fame role or Richard Chamberlain on the way out, and for those inclined, there is certainly some interesting potential discussion here of colonialism and racism in the "lost world" literary genre in which the original novel trafficed, but there's not much to hook young audiences.

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