Throwback: Holy Man (1998)

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‘What’, ‘why’ and ‘how’ were the three words that came to mind after watching this movie. WHAT did I just watch? WHY would someone make such a movie and HOW was it able to make it to cinema.  This movie is just a big ball of failure, from the acting to the cinematography, the story to the locations. The interesting thing about this is that the film has great people involved. Such as actors Eddie Murphy and Jeff Goldblum. It even has screenwriter Tom Schulman best known for his screenplay for Dead Poet Society which won the Best Screen Play Academy Award in 1989. How then was it able to be such a failure?

I’d like to give a brief synopsis but that would just be a waste of time. This movie is not worth anyone’s time. Unless you want to intentionally drown yourself in a pool of disappointment then I recommend you do not watch Holy Man. The acting was below average. Eddie Murphy kept bouncing in and out of character.  The story itself is plain and boring.

On the bright side, I made it to the end of the film so that must be a good thing. There’s something about this so called “comedy drama” that makes you want to see the predictable end. I laughed once. That’s the only positive things about this movie.

It’s easy to see why it was a huge box office failure. In the words of Eddie Murphy: “Holy man is a horrendous movie”. I’m just glad all it cost me to watch this was time, imagine how all those people in 1998 who bought a ticket to go and watch it must feel.

My rating out of ten: 3 A disappointment 

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