If you think Inquisition Spain, you might think
Dostoevsky’s weird creation in The Brothers Karamazov.
Writer/director Adrian Rudomin’s foray into history is nowhere near
as lyrical nor cerebral. Rather, it is an often bloody and violent
tale of bizarre conspiracy and cover-up within the Catholic Church.
The tensions between church and state are explored nicely, and there
is dramatic tension throughout the 109 minutes.
Christopher Lambert plays a sheriff who discovers
a series of disappearances of certain local nobles. He gets
researching and stumbles onto a mysterious list of people whose
disappearance is in the works. He must not only prevent more murders
by a hired Hungarian assassin, but must solve their motivation.
Revealing this ‘web of intrigue’ here would dissolve the whole
engine of the film, so I’d rather not.
This is a very atmospheric production, convincing
enough for a period piece. It was shot in Budapest, but I guess
their cobble-stones are as authentic as Spanish ones. There is
enough gore to keep even the most sadistic of us interested, and
also an obvious critique of blind piety and unquestioned submission
to the clergy. The cinematography is quite gripping in some scenes,
but I was a bit peeved to see evil articulated in the person of a
homosexual pornography viewer. I mean I know it’s set in the XVI
century, but if Rudomin is trying to attack the Church’s hypocrisy
(vis-à-vis Jews), should he not be consistent and also reject
*The preview disc had stereo sound and no special