SINBAD: THE FIFTH VOYAGE
Release Date: 22 December
2014 | 12 | Blu- ray/ DVD Persian- American Shahin Sean Solimon co- wrote, directed and stars in this labour of love, which, with its stopmotion animation, is very much a homage to the Ray Harryhausen Sinbad movies of the ’ 50s and ’ 70s. It sees the heroic sailor from The Arabian Nights going to the rescue of a sultan’s daughter after she’s kidnapped by an evil sorcerer. Along the way he encounters the likes of the Cyclops, a giant roc bird, and belly- dancing vampires. Sounds entertainingly campy, right? Unfortunately hammy acting, poor fight choreography and an annoying amount of flashbacks spoil the fun.