Sands of Oblivion

Sands of Oblivion / 2008 Anchor Bay / 94 Minutes / http://www.anchorbayent.com /

Individuals may have seen Sands of Oblivion when it was first shown on the Sci-Fi channel. The basic premise of the movie is that legendary producer Cecil B. DeMille created a replica of ancient Egypt for eir The Ten Commandments. After everything wrapped up, DeMille ordered everything made for the movie to be demolished, instead of placed into a warehouse or other holding location. This was in 1923, and everything has resided well under the earth in the 85 years since the movie was created. This movie provides individuals with that little added “oomph”, containing footage that was previously not shown on the Sci-Fi channel.

Where the movie was originally shown on TV, the quality of the actors present and the story told is enough to merit this becoming a cult classic in the years to come. Instead of being one of those limited-edition runs that will likely go for $200+ on eBay, Anchor Bay has ensured that there is an easy way to purchase this film. The cast is diverse; Dan Castellaneta (The Simpsons) works alongside individuals from Serenity and Firefly (Morena Baccarin and Adam Baldwin, respectively), and all three of those individuals play up well to Days Of Our Lives star John Aniston. The only thing that will hold individuals back from fully appreciating Sands of Oblivion would have to be the disbelief that individuals will have to suspend.

The story starts out with a number of actors dying in DeMille’s production, at the hands of what is likened to the Egyptian deity Anubis. When individuals are brought to the present time, the creature comes alive as the nearly-divorced archaeologist couple excavate the site. If there was more of a realist element to the movie – say, if the British individual that gives up information readily was the killer – the resulting film would be that much stronger. As it is, it provides viewers with an intriguing romp through a mythology-tinted mystery. Where there could be better ties to actual mythology and reality, these are only minor issues. The additional feature – the ten-minute or so making of featurette – provides viewers with a little bit of information into why the film ultimately turned out the way it did. Sands of Oblivion has an eclectic focus to it that will compel a number of viewers but has troubles at times keeping them interested.

Rating: 6.5/10

Author: James McQuiston

Ph.D. in Political Science, Kent State University. I have been the editor at NeuFutur / neufutur.com since I was 15. Looking for new staff members all the time; email me if you are interested. Thanks!

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