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Directed by: Jean-Marc Piche
Starring: Dolph Lundgren and Francoise Robertson
When archaeologist Karen Goodleaf (Robertson) goes to investigate a burial site found underneath New York City,
she gets way more than she bargained for. Among the relics is an
ancient key. This key just happens to unlock the hiding place of “The
Minion”, a devil or demon of some sort. Luckily, Lukas (Dolph), is sent
from a monastery in Jerusalem
to help recover the key before it falls into the wrong hands. As it
turns out, Lukas is a direct descendent of The Templars, and his
“warrior priest” status helps Karen fend off the powers of The Minion,
whose spirit can inhabit the bodies of others. What will happen to the
The Minion has some noteworthy ideas, such as
modern-day Templars, and the dialogue is fairly interesting, or at least
attempts to be. For example, The Minion has the ability
to turn you into a were-minion. So many DTV movies seem like they’re
not even trying; say what you will about The Minion, you could tell the
filmmakers were at least putting forth some effort into delivering a
product with some worthwhile thought put into it. The dialogue to convey
said ideas is delivered convincingly by Dolph,
who must have chosen this role because it’s a bit different than what
he’s usually known for (or he was hitting a rough patch in his career
and had no other option but to go to Canada and shoot this).
while there are historical references (among plenty of mumbo-jumbo, of
course) - the film borrows heavily from such contemporary movies as The
Relic (1997), but crosses it with C.H.U.D. (1984), of all things. Dolph can only stop the
evil with a huge spiked glove, highly reminiscent of The Glove (1979).
But it’s one of the cooler aspects of this movie nonetheless. Actually,
an entire movie could - nay - MUST be made of Dolph
fighting more baddies and punks with a spiked glove. Come to think of
it, forget all this mystical demon noise. Dolph and “The Glove” forever!
Who’s with us? Anyway, add in a demon in some kind of supernatural
prison, and Dolph as the most badass dude to wear a white Priest’s
collar, and you have a decently entertaining Dolph vehicle, despite its
It may not be one of Dolph’s shining moments, but The Minion really isn’t all that bad. It’s a good one-time watch.
Comeuppance Review by: Brett and Ty
My friends and I all had tons of fun with this one, and I agree wholeheartedly, it doesn't get much better than Dolph and a spiked glove, especially when he's a KGB trained priest.
Agreed, this is one of Dolph's more underrated films, it was interesting to see him try his hand at supernatural horror, this film was highly remniscent of "The Hidden" with the whole body-jumping thing. Too bad Dolph's other attempt at horror(Jill Ripps) was so utterly wretched(you'll also want to stay clear of that Fat Slags film he was in).
DTVC: It is a killer combination that the audiences should like. Hopefully he will bring back the spiked glove for future appearances!
Venom: Glad to see you agree. Too bad he wasn't in more quality horror productions.
So is this Dolph month now? If so where is "I Come In Peace"?
In honor of his birthday (November 3rd) it is Dolph month!
I Come In Peace drops on November 28th.
It was worth the price of admission to watch an entire audience laughing their asses off at this hilariously bad film. Only I am fairly sure that wasn't the effect they were going for. The only thing needed was the BIFF, KAPOWEE & OOF words on screen from the old Batman series!
Cool you saw the Minion in the theater, the "punchy" sound effects must've been nice and loud in surround sound.
Did you see this in a movie theater, festival screening or somewhere else?
Thanks for your comment!
This is essentially Dolph's End of Days
You're right. It basically is. Plus this was a better movie than End Of Days.
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