I would rather die free than be a dancing whore!
Johny Bottom | Jacksonville, NC | 12/22/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"So says a captured Amazon who is brought before the Senator. She escapes with the help of kidnapped maiden Serena who stabs the Senator in the back with a candlestick. I'm not sure where the blade came from after the candle fell out, but you go along with it.
Serena was just a young child when her village was attacked by a bloodthirsty Roman General turned Governor. Her father was killed, her sister was kidnapped, and her mother's death rested on her shoulders. Her mother was hung from a tree and Serena was underneath her for support. With her bare feet she had to stand under her mother while hot coals were lit on the ground. Of course her mother died and she was taken away as a slave.
After her escape she rides and trains with the Amazons. Only then does she discover that her grandmother was a great Amazon warrior and she is prophesized to be even greater.
Well there is a lot of sexy costumes, but little sex. Oh there's a whole lot of female nudity for those of us who enjoy sex with our violoence. My favorite chick had no lines, but was only instructed to pour the bath water slowly. Check out the headlights on that little honey WOW!
Anyway there's a whole lot of fighting in this movie, in the woodds and in the gladiator arena. In the end Serena gets her revenge by fighting the governor himself in the arena. After her victory she makes her speech; "And if I hear that anymore women are abused in this town, I will come back and kill you all!"
This is not a great movie, but it's good enough to pop in the old DVD player every now and then."
Dr. Christopher Coleman | HONG KONG | 06/18/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"History buffs may burst a blood vessel at my 3 stars; and truly I'd like to split it right down the middle at 2 1/2 stars. Amazons and Gladiators is eye candy, nothing more. The feminist message of the words is belied by the costuming and every visual detail of the film, and historically it's a total mess--it takes place in 60 A.D., and at the end the voice over says something like "and the Empire would soon fall." Yeah, soon, where soon means some 400 years later; don't hold your breath. (Another reviewer called out "Caesar's" existence in 60 AD--but Caesar was a title and so there certainly would be A Caesar, although not Julius Caesar.) But as another reviewer has pointed out, you don't see a movie called Amazons and Gladiators and expect historical accuracy! Apparently what you DO see it for is soft core porn, at least in spots. Others have called the sex scenes gratuitous...I think they've got it backwards--the plot is gratuitous and the whole point of this is to watch attractive women romp, so to speak. And the gladiatorial battles? Cat fight! Really, nothing more need be said, except that the lead is a lovely woman who isn't a half bad actress. It might be nice to see her in an actual movie."