This weekend, I had the opportunity to preview TNT’s forthcoming sequel series film, The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice. After viewing the film twice I constructed the following movie review, which will be sent to TNT’s PR dept. and hopefully used in promotion o the film which is scheduled to air December 7.
The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice prepares to speed walk its’ way into America’s living rooms just two years after the Librarian franchise movie #2, The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines aired in 2006. The first Librarian film, Quest for the Spear made telecast waves in 2004.
At the helm of the award-winning movie sequel series is Noah Wyle (ER, White Oleander, Pirates of Silicon Valley, Swing Kids…) who eases into his thrice-played role as Flynn Carson; a handsome, quirky, photographic memory-minded librarian whose calling in life is to travel the world in James Bond-like fashion, capturing centuries-lost wonders of the world and securing them in a magical library tended by the slightly mystical and fatherly Judson (Bob Newhart) and peculiarly practical Library Personnel Director, Charlene (Jane Curtin).
Curse of the Judas Chalice opens with Carson securing the library’s latest spectacle—the Philosopher’s Stone—for a mere €1million at auction, but not before being dumped by his most recent girl friend in a series of loves gone lackluster. As Flynn threatens to abandon his Librarian post in exchange for pursuing a “normal life,” he is tricked into traveling to New Orleans where he is wooed into his next mission by the heart-stopping Simone Renoir, (Stana Katic) a lonely and lovely jazz singer with a hauntingly dark side. Unbeknownst to Flynn, his sudden quest to reclaim the Judas Chalice becomes a battle against good an evil, with the looming threat that vampires will take over the world.
Coming from a generation of ER fans, it is hard to watch Wyle move across the screen without expecting him to whip out an intubation kit or an emergency room patient’s chart at any moment—particularly as these two characters who have made up a large part of Wyle’s television career thus far: John Carter, MD and Flynn Carson, NLE (Nerdy Librarian Extraordinaire) share a host of disturbingly similar characteristics.
And while this MacGyver meets Monty Python meets The Davinci Code film forces the division between suspense thriller and supernatural loony bin, the forced suspension of belief is a twitchy breath of fresh air.
Despite the vampire make-up and effects that are reminiscent of the eighties, and paranormal characters’ entrances and exits that are sometimes confusing, even in the context of this eccentric film containing a montage of thematic arcs and sub plots, you can’t help cheering the handsome young Flynn on as he displays heroic bravery and willingness to commit the ultimate self-sacrifice.
The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice is a fun-loving two hour reprieve from every-day life; a fanciful and much-needed escape from a world of dire truths and eventualities.