Posted: 11/10/2008


The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice


by Rick Villalobos

Premieres Sunday, Dec 7th, on TNT.

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Today, a carbon copy of any hero in a fedora will do. Granted, not all heroes wear hats or capes, but the similarities are evident. The image of a dashing, smart and energetic protagonist with a come-hither stare makes the movie. Women swoon. Men feel invincible. And both are ultimately unprepared for the adventure. Unlike the superhero on screen—we avoid the bullets, the car chase, the violent acts of torture and unfortunately—the ten second romp in the sac with the evil she spy.

Noah Wyle is back once again taking on the role that deemed him an action star. Flynn Carsen, a lonely librarian with his heart on his sleeve, is lead to New Orleans to find a relic known as the Judas Chalice. Armed with only his wits, Flynn meets a beautiful jazz club singer named Simone Renoir (Stana Katic), a woman with a secret of her own. As clues are discovered and used to find the relic—a cup that raises the dead—Flynn and Simone must stay alive long enough to save the world from evil domination.

Anyone familiar with the Librarian franchise will quickly notice that nothing much has changed. Flynn Carsen is still the librarian. He continues to avoid deadly obstacles and women still seem to fall at his feet. Since the first film, there has been a blueprint that this franchise has adopted willingly. Clumsy know-it-all is thrown into an unknown world corrupted by men who seek power in objects with some kind of historical significance and oh yes, like always, there is a beautiful female sidekick who has a thing for adventure and for nerds. It is proven formula that every lonely college professor fantasizes about.

The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice is a fun adventure with a character that is likable enough to watch for an hour and some change. Bob Newhart and Jane Curtain are also back to reprise their roles. Although, a bit late for Halloween, this film gives a new twist to the vampire legend. Yes, vampires. The Judas Chalice is the cup that gives life to the undead. Made from the thirty pieces of silver that Judas Iscariot received for betraying Jesus, this chalice holds the power to bring back the one and only—Vlad Dracula. Yes, Dracula. Now if you’re still intrigued, give it a chance—it just might be something you can sink your teeth into.

The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice is set to premiere Sunday, Dec 7th on TNT.

Rick Villalobos is a writer and film critic in Chicago.

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