Cannon’s remake of King Solomon’s Mines treads heavily in the footsteps of that other great modern hero, Indiana Jones – too heavily.
Where Jones was deft and graceful in moving from crisis to crisis, King Solomon’s Mines is often clumsy with logic, making the action hopelessly cartoonish. Once painted into the corner, scenes don’t resolve so much as end before they spill into the next cliff-hanger.
It’s an unrelenting pace with no variation that ultimately becomes tedious. Neither the camp humor or the romance between Richard Chamberlain as the African adventurer Allan Quatermain and heroine-in-distress Sharon Stone breaks the monotony of the action.
Script plays something like a child’s maze with numerous deadends and detours on the way to the buried treasure.
King Solomon's Mines
Cannon. Director J. Lee Thompson; Producer Menahem Golan, Yoram Globus; Screenplay Gene Quintano, James R. Silke; Camera Alex Phillips; Editor John Shirley; Music Jerry Goldsmith; Art Director Luciano Spadoni
(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1985. Running time: 100 MIN.
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