Liz’s Review: ‘FORBIDDEN EMPIRE’ is a fun filled fantasy

ForbiddenEmpire_KeyArtAn 18th century English cartographer, Jonathan Green, sets out on a journey to map the uncharted lands of Transylvania, only to discover the dark secrets and dangerous creatures hidden in a cursed, fantastical Ukrainian forest. Forbidden Empire is pure fantasy and just plain fun. Totally unexpected twists and turns are a welcome thing in the fantasy genre these days. Forbidden Empire-00011Forbidden Empire has the visual beauty of Pan’s Labyrinth and The Brothers Grimm, combined with a humor reminiscent of Willow. The character of Jonathan Green accidentally becomes the hero of a town run by fanatical religion and teaming with superstition. Mixed with witchcraft and folklore, this script is thoroughly entertaining and completely compelling. The story takes upon new life with each character’s rendition of the town’s recent history. Forbidden Empire-00050Some unexpected moments of horror heighten the coolness factor of this film. I can honestly say I had no idea what was coming next. Much love must be given to the costume ans set departments. Not a hair out of place, down to the smallest object on a shelf or in Jonathan Green’s steam-punk inspired carriage. The opening credit are a sight to behold unto themselves, with a CG borderline automaton style to be envied. The makeup effects are astounding. The creative team involved in the making of this movie deserves all the applause. Forbidden Empire is truly unexpected.Forbidden Empire-00039With great acting by the entire ensemble cast and a lively score, Forbidden Empire is a winner. You cannot go wrong with this film. Forbidden Empire will be available on VOD Friday, May 22.

Country: Russia | Ukraine | Czech Republic

Language: Russian | English

Release Date: 22 May 2015 (USA)

Filming Locations: Russia

 

 

About Liz Whittemore

Liz grew up in northern Connecticut and was memorizing movie dialogue from Shirley Temple to A Nightmare on Elm Street at a very early age. She will watch just about any film all the way through (no matter how bad) just to prove a point. A loyal New Englander, a lover of Hollywood, and true inhabitant of The Big Apple.