City of Gold
Inquisitor: The Curse of El Dorado / The Lost City of Gold
Ronald A. Blum, Vernon Wells, Branscombe Richmond, Devorah S. Blum (executive) for Castle Shore Films, Code 10 Studios
directed by Harry Locke IV
starring Robbie Allen, Riley Dandy, Christopher Atkins, Vernon Wells, John Charles Meyer, Branscombe Richmond, Walter Banasiak, Brad Starks, Dmitri Raskes, Cyndi Mayo, Bethany Utke, Jim Oxborrow, Ray Fite, Kevin Lapenia, Terani Richmond, Adrienne Whitney Papp, Perry Kunin, Jennifer Rikert Wolski, Fernando Caballero, Rodney Gemberling, Richard Teston
written by Ronald A. Blum, music by Jeffrey Hepker, songs by The Almighty Grind, special makeup effects by Richard Miranda, visual effects supervisor: Robert Calcagno
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Jon (Robbie Allen) has felt like shit ever since his dad (Richard
Atkins), owner of a powerful media corporation, has committed suicide, and
he feels the demons that tortured his dad are now after him, so much so
that he starts to have visions of pain and torture. Not knowing where to
go, he turns to his ex Elisabeth (Riley Dandy), a famous art collector and
dealer, who shows him some images of an of yet undiscovered artist, Jorge
Escamilla (John Charles Meyer), which show images that correspond with the
horrible visions Jon has to the t. And when Elisabeth tells him she goes
to Peru, where Jorge lives in an Incan temple deep in the jungle, to fetch
him to present him to the world as her client, Jon insists in going with
her - and despite some reservations she says yes.
But traveling through the Peruvian is no walk through the park, as the
area is infested with rebels, so besides their guide Shiniki (Branscombe
Richmond), Jon and Elisabeth see themselves forced to take a bunch of
mercenaries with them for protection - ande they don't regret it for sure.
Eventually, they all do make it to the Incan temple - but Jorge is
unwilling to come with them. Jon though learns something troubling about
himself, that the visions he has are directly linked to Spanish Inquisitor
Asturias (Vernon Wells), who committed atrocities (which also inspire
Jorge's paintings) in the very temple they are, and it seems that there's
something of the Inquisitors evil in him. And that really is a good thing
when the rebels attack, and he does more than his fair share in fighting,
succeeding even where the mercenaries fail. But that said, that same
night, he also kills the whole mercenary gang ...
The next day, Jorge promises Elisabeth to come with her to the USA if
she, Shiniki and Jon help him on an expedition to find El Dorado - the
very place the Inquisitor in Jon's head was looking for as well. And thus
the expedition turns dark before long ...
One can't watch this movie without marvelling at the beautiful
and atmospheric locations (actually Maui, Hawaii, standing in for Peru) as
well as all the cool action - but this is more than your standard
adventure fare, basically because the film dares to make its protagonist
also it's potential (if unwilling) villain, thus blurring the line between
good and evil and breaking away from your typical jungle formula. And a
very swift direction that favours mood over effect, and plenty of macabre
imagery really help making this one a very cool piece of jungle action.