Prince Killian and the Holy Grail

Movie review by
Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
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Awful supernatural swashbuckler is violent and pointless.
  • NR
  • 2014
  • 107 minutes

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Diverse races and cultures must sometimes band together to defeat a greater enemy. "Families" based on circumstances are created in many different ways.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The hero is strong, loyal, compassionate, intelligent, and brave. Though two women central to the plot prove to be powerful and capable, there is a leering sexuality in the way the male characters view them. An evil witch is the only featured black player. 

Violence

Multiple weapons from the Middle Ages wound, impale, and kill the players: swords, arrows, spears, and knives. Other violent images: dead bodies buried in the sand revealing only the heads, writhing snakes, the slicing of a woman's arm, evidence of monsters beneath the earth, and the threat of torture via black magic. There are six major battle scenes, the finale lasting nearly ten minutes. Lots of blood, but no lingering graphic details.

Sex

Other than a few romantic kisses, there is no sexual activity. However, the women in the story (often in revealing costumes) are subject to leering, teasing, and a continual implied sexual threat.

Language

Both Muslims and Christians are occasionally insulted because of their heritage.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Prince Killian and the Holy Grail (aka Captain Thunder), a Spanish film set in the Middle Ages, is based on a popular Spanish comic book hero. The DVD released for U.S. audiences has both a dubbed version and one with English subtitles. Filled with swordplay in which characters are impaled and killed, the movie also includes supernatural sequences and relies heavily on bondage, black magic, witchcraft, and a monster living just beneath the earth's surface. A dizzying cast of heroes and villains, enemies and friends, fight over Jesus' chalice and fantastical otherworldly dangers. Mildly gruesome images accompany the battles (i.e. human heads, writhing snakes), and an underlying sexual mockery follows the few female characters.  

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymaryanna555 April 29, 2014

not a bad product

no suggestions for the families
Kid, 8 years old May 23, 2015

OK action thriller is not awful but not great.

My rating PG-13: for intense violence.

What's the story?

Set during the time of King Richard of Britain's Third Crusade, the hero in PRINCE KILLIAN AND THE HOLY GRAIL first battles Moslem (in the 21st century called "Muslim") forces in Egypt, and is then sent back to Spain to defend his home country against a horde of both villainous enemies and supernatural events. Under his care and protection as he travels are a Viking princess and Jesus' legendary chalice. With his trusty companions -- a giant and young lad -- Killian faces and must defeat power-hungry villains and mystical forces, which include black magic, witches, and strange occurrences beneath the earth.

Is it any good?

There must have been a substantial budget for this film; the costumes, weaponry, and sets look good. Everything else is simply terrible -- the script, performances, special effects, direction, even the sub-titles. And the dubbed version is almost unwatchable. A confusing story with way too many characters doesn't help either. The "comedy" isn't funny; the action is amateurish and unexciting; and the female characters are laughable at best. Even kids who like derring-do, some "swash" with their "buckle," and the romance of old history will find nothing redeeming about this mess of a movie. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about "genre" movies (classification or style of film). List some of the many film genres. This movie attempts to fit into several categories. What are they? Is it a successful blend? 

  • Find out more about the Crusades of the Middle Ages. In what way, if any, are there echoes of the Crusades in modern-day history? 

  • What is "comic relief?" What is the attempted comic relief in this movie?

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