Captain Eager and the Mark of Voth details
|Starring:||Tamsin Greig, Mark Heap, Rick Leaf, James Vaughan|
Captain Eager and the Mark of Voth
|Run time:||1 hour 34 minutes|
|Rental release:||24 Nov 2008|
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Oh dear lord...By a customer from Cambridge , 09 Dec 2008
[Highly rated reviewer]Having seen the good quality of the British comedy actors appearing in this film I was convinved that it would be at least remotely amusing. Unfortunately, in its quest to spoof vintage B movies it ended up equally as poor, in many respects worse. I actually found myself fast forwarding through half of the film because it was really that tedious.
Bad special effects and bad acting are expected from B movie films. Unfortunately, the end result for this spoof of such films makes it look like something a student could have set up at home. Whilst drunk. With people they'd met off the street.
It's equally disappointing because I was hoping to see some great performances from the comedy talent available, such as Mark Heap, Richard Leaf and of course the great Tamsin Greig of Green Wing fame. Alas, although all three seem to be having fun, it just isn't fun to watch.
One to avoid, unless your incredibly drunk.
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No, this is fabulous!By a customer from andover , 04 Apr 2010Don't believe the narky reviews - this film is brilliant - it just does it in a slightly off kilter way. It's true stories don't add up and Captain Eager bumbles but if you just relax and enjoy the weirdness it's great fun! People complain about hollywood films all being the same - so If you want something different, unusual and surreal - this is it.
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Captain Eager and the Mark of VothBy CuttingEdge (1 review) from Doncaster , 27 Sep 2009I am at a total lose for words here. This is THE worst film I have ever seen. When you look at the talent that is on show (some of the best uk comedy actors around at the moment), you would think that this would have been great viewing. Unfortunately this is so poor it beggars belief. What were they thinking! Give this one a really big body swerve. Nuff said!!!
High hopes, dashedBy nemchenk (1 review) from London , 31 Jul 2009Bit of a shame really -- I was so looking forward to The Mark of Voth. The crummy set design and effects really do not bother me, and in fact prompted several laugh-out-loud moments when bits of the cardboard set fall over with a clunk and a clatter :)
The acting is a little bit dull at times, with none of the excellent cast really making a significant impact apart from Richard Leaf as Col. Regamun -- but hamming it up as the head villain was always going to be easiest!
The weakest bit is the direction, I think -- I know the original serials of the 30s, 40s, and 50s were slow-moving and disjointed. But it is a shame that Simon DaVision did not update the pacing for today's audience. For an example of what I mean, Shaun of the Dead was an homage to the zombie movies of the 60s and 70s, yet the snappy direction of Edgar Wright kept it fresh, and constantly moving forwards. And I also think that a better director would have been able to get superior performances from such a talented cast!
In short -- this could have been a gem, but is disappointing overall. Bear with it past the 45 minute mark and you will get a few laughs. But it will be quite a slog!
Life is too shortBy ppanther (6 reviews) from Plymouth , 03 Apr 2009I thought given the cast and my liking of crappy brit flicks I might enjoy this one. Not even the fabulous Mark Heap and Tamsin Greig could save it. The ironic awfulness was just too awful. My 2 year old son enjoyed the rockets and the rocket dog but my oh my, could do better. We FF'd it though most of the first 40 mins then, sadly abandonned Macro space. The performances were all good though, not enough to save it for me unfortunately.
how does this stuff get made?By silicated (5 reviews) from Manchester , 21 Feb 2009i find this film not to be a waste of my life by putting on the DVD player and then going out of the room to do something more constructive. How does this sort of film get made? would it work as a ten minute short? maybe .. as something longer, don't make me laugh. Its awful, it doesn't create any atmosphere, doesn't seem to have any chemistry between the actors and the painful special effects actually make it worse. It could arguably be better by having it filmed in the style of Dogville i.e. with minimal sets, but i don't think anything could redeem this film, its just plain bad and certainly not good enough to be a B movie.