Abelar: Tales of an Ancient Empire

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A princess is on a quest to unite the five greatest warriors to save her kingdom from a demon sorceress.

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 2.9/10 (679 voted)

Albert Pyun

Stars: Kevin Sorbo, Michael Paré, Melissa Ordway

A princess is on a quest to unite the five greatest warriors to save her kingdom from a demon sorceress.


Kevin Sorbo


Michael Paré


Melissa Ordway

Princess Tanis

Whitney Able


Ralf Moeller

General Hafez

Matthew Willig

Giant Iberian

Lee Horsley


Sarah Ann Schultz


Scott Paulin

Tou-Bou Bardo

Jennifer Siebel Newsom

Queen Ma'at

Norbert Weisser


Inbar Lavi


Olivier Gruner

Corsair Duguay

Morgan Weisser

Captain Avel

Victoria Maurette



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Release Date: 3 Jan 2010

Filming Locations: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $1,000,000


User Review

Solid Effort but undone by ending

Rating: 6/10

More accurate title for this film might have been TALES OF AN ANCIENT
EMPIRE: PART ONE. Those expecting a typical sword and sorcery
adventure, featuring many sword fights and sorcery action, dungeons –
all that stuff – will be sorely disappointed. Instead we get an
ungainly amalgam of the HBO series Rome, with its complex intrigues and
characters and Magnificent Seven with its banding and bonding of iconic
types for a good cause. Kevin Sorbo fans will not be disappointed as
the former Hercules star is at the top of his heroic humorous game.
Indeed he is the best aspect of this low budget epic. Without giving
away too much, its the story of a dysfunctional family. In its lower
class way, a adventure fantasy Lion in the Winter with five bastard
children seeking dear old Father and clearly his acceptance and
approval. The core story is a legendary mercenary warrior impregnated a
number of wenches, evil sorceress vampires, Queens and common village
women, in his years of adventuring. Then after bedding them, he moved
on to further adventures and conquests. Its not that unbelievable that
it probably happened often back in medieval times. Left behind were his
children, all wounded and damaged. When we meet each, its clear they
are struggling to reach a peace with the abandonment, but its doomed
each to shady lives as thieves, whores and essentially losers. The
conceit of this movie is that a Princess (Melissa Ordway) needs to find
her Father because it was he who saved the kingdom years earlier. She
is the love child of this mercenary warrior and the Queen of a kingdom
called Abelar. Her quest to find him, brings her into contact with her
half brothers and sisters. They need to find Father not just to win
back Abelar but, most importantly, to heal their wounds of abandonment.
The biggest stretch is the film's primary villain, a sexy vampire
sorceress (Whitney Able) was also seduced by the mercenary warrior and
produced a child called Kara (Victoria Maurette), who Xia had
surrendered her baby, when she was reduced to dust years earlier by
this mercenary. Its a bit convolute but easy to track. Kara somehow
becomes part of the Queen's court by the time she's a young adult and
the movie tracks her quest to become who she really is, child of a
vampire. She's chosen to shadow the Princess and to learn where her
Father is. For the most part, the film works really well. Ordway is a
good Princess, Maurette is a superb Kara, and the action there is are
as good as you would expect from the man behind Cyborg and Nemesis
There is also a deft comedic touch in the right places – Kevin Sorbo
and the other siblings make sure of that – and the gentle laughs are
spaced well between the questing. So why is this only a 6 rated film?
The problem lies in the bigger story around the bastard kids, which
attempts to make their Father a larger than life mythical warrior. The
issue is we never get to SEE him. Oh, we hear him (not too good voice
actor) and see his hooded shape but never the man himself. He's a total
cipher and therein lies the biggest failing of the film. It leads to
big expectations of finding Father, then once found, it leads to a
great reveal of this great warrior, but the film simply ENDS. Tales of
an Ancient Empire gets bogged down repeatedly in its exploration and
reveal of the dense back story which initially works in context at
first, but soon becomes a millstone around the movie's neck as the
characters are forced to talk about Father's legend rather than see his
exploits play out. Even this would have been forgivable if not for the
ending, which pushes all the wrong buttons in its attempt to be an
iconic grand finale and effectively undoes much of the movie's good
work. The weak visual effects does the film no favors either. With its
limited budget, Tales of an Ancient Empire looks great but this is not
the gritty sword and sorcery adventure that many had hoped for – in
fact, it hardly even counts as a sequel to the director's The Sword and
the Sorcerer. What it does have is a dense, but compelling narrative, a
visually inventive style and great bits of acting from the attractive
cast. Able, Ordway and Maurette might be a touch too earnest in their
performances but they give the film an underlying emotional depth not
usually seen in this genre. Both are, of course, gorgeous to look at.
Its just too bad it doesn't end with a proper climatic battle.