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'Sinbad' dazzles -- just visually

Christine Dolen
Miami Herald
Published: Wednesday, July 2, 2003

From the moment that Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas begins, it's clear that the animators at DreamWorks have conjured up a visual treat. There's the raven-haired, shape-shifting Eris -- the voice belongs to Michelle Pfeiffer in conniving vixen mode -- living up to her job description as the Goddess of Chaos. There are her ''pets,'' constellations coming to life and creating chaos of their own.

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And swiftly there's a battle at sea, complete with ocean waves sparkling and crashing, sails flapping in the wind, as the less-than-honest adventurer Sinbad (Brad Pitt) tries to swipe the priceless Book of Peace from the princely Proteus (Joseph Fiennes), his long-lost boyhood pal.

So what's not to like? Writer John Logan's uninspired story, mainly. Blending snippets of various myths and legends into a tale of adventure, love and sacrifice, the Gladiator screenwriter comes up with a plot that doesn't begin to match the movie's images for excitement. That's one thing that the folks at Pixar never neglect: a compelling story.

Sinbad himself is a tepid rogue, in part because Pitt's callow California guy voice doesn't quite match the swarthy animated antihero. Sailing the world with his colorful crew -- including the imposing Kale (Dennis Haysbert), the aptly named Rat (Adriano Giannini) and a slobbering dog named Spike -- Sinbad is more sort of bad, a guy who's hoping to steal just enough to retire to Tahiti.

His life gets complicated when he's falsely accused of stealing the Book of Peace from Syracuse, the city Proteus will one day rule. Condemned to death, Sinbad is temporarily spared when Proteus offers to take his place in captivity so that Sinbad can take a perilous, possibly fatal journey to retrieve the book from the real thief, Eris. Just to make certain Sinbad returns, Proteus' adventuresome fiancé Marina (Catherine Zeta-Jones) tags along.

Some of the perils they encounter are dazzling: watery sirens expert at singing sailors to their doom; an ocean that rushes over the edge of the world; a monstrous predatory white bird named Roc; Eris' world of shifting sands; and several massive monsters.

But those fantastic images aside, Sinbad isn't much more than the tale of a ''bad'' guy getting in touch with his good side, as well as a love story that makes monster-loving little boys go ''yuck!'' And that's what's too bad about Sinbad.

ABOUT THE MOVIE
Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas

Rating
2.5 stars

Genre
Romance

MPAA rating
PG
for adventure action, some mild sensuality and brief language

Running time
1:25

Release date
2003

Cast
Michelle Pfeiffer, Christine Baranski, Joseph Fiennes, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Brad Pitt

Directed by
Tim Johnson

Review
Bruce Newman / Mercury News
Terry Lawson / Detroit Free Press
Carrie Rickey / Philadelphia Inquirer
By Scott Von Doviak / Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Chris Hewitt / St. Paul Pioneer Press

SHOWTIMES FOR
Thursday, July 3

AMC Aventura 24
BUY: 12:40, 1:20, 2:05, 2:50, 3:35, 4:20, 5:05, 5:50, 6:35, 7:20, 8:40, 9:35
No Passes, Special Engagement
Biscayne Blvd. In Aventura
Aventura, FL

AMC Cocowalk 16
BUY: noon, 1, 2:25, 3:20, 4:40, 5:40, 7, 8, 9:20, 10:20
Coconut Grove, off of Grand Ave.
Coconut Grove, FL

AMC Coral Ridge 10
BUY: 1:15, 3:20, 5:25, 7:30, 9:35
26th Ave. in Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale, FL

AMC Kendall Town & Country 10
BUY: noon, 12:30, 1, 2:15, 2:45, 3:15, 4:30, 5, 5:30, 6:45, 7:15, 9, 9:30
No Passes, Special Engagement
Kendall Dr. Exit off Florida Turnpike
Miami, FL

AMC Mall of the Americas 14
BUY: 12:20, 2:30, 4:50, 7:10, 9:30
W. Flager St. in Miami
Miami, FL

AMC Sheridan Plaza 12
BUY: 12:25, 2:30, 4:40, 7, 9:35
Sheridan and 441
Hollywood, FL

AMC South Dade 8
BUY: 12:30, 2:45, 5, 7:20, 9:30
Off South Dixie Hwy. In Miami
Miami, FL

AMC Sunset Place 24
BUY: 12:20, 1, 1:50, 2:50, 3:20, 4:30, 5:10, 5:40, 7:30, 8:10, 10, 10:40
Off of US 1 and Sunset Dr.
South Miami, FL

BMC Okee Square Cinema 8
noon, 2:10, 4:10, 6:15, 8:15, 10
No Passes
2027 Okeechobee Boulevard - Okee Square Shopping Center
West Palm Beach, FL

Boynton 8 Cinema
12:20, 2:50, 5, 7:10, 9:30
No Passes
2290 N. Congress Avenue
Boynton Beach, FL

Boynton Cinema
1, 1:30, 3:30, 4, 5:30, 7, 7:30, 9, 9:30
No Passes
9764 South Military Trail
Boynton Beach, FL

California Club Theater
1:15, 3:15, 5:15, 7:15, 9:15
No Passes
850 Ives Dairy Road., In Winn Dixie Plaza
North Miami, FL

Cobb Theatres - Dolphin 19 Cinema
11, 12:15, 12:45, 1:15, 2:30, 3, 3:30, 4:55, 5:25, 5:45, 7:10, 8:10, 10:25
No Passes
11401 Northwest 12th Street, Suite 0100
Miami, FL

Crown Abacoa 16 & Odyssey Theatre
1, 1:30, 3, 3:30, 5, 5:30, 7, 7:30, 9
No Passes
4688 Main Street
Jupiter, FL

Crown Grand 18
12:30, 1:10, 2:30, 3:10, 4:30, 5:10, 7:20, 8, 9:40
No Passes
173-50 Northwest 57 Avenue @ Red Road
Hialeah, FL

Deerfield Cinema
1:30, 3:30, 5:30, 7:30, 9:15
No Passes
2205 West Hillsboro Boulevard
Deerfield Beach, FL

Delray Beach 18
12:05, 2:15, 4:25, 6:50, 9:20
No Passes
1660 S. Federal Hwy - Plaza of Delray
Delray Beach, FL

Delray Square Theatres
1:30, 4:15, 7
No Passes
4809 West Atlantic Avenue
Delray Beach, FL

Eastern Federal - Movies at Governor's Square
11, 11:15, 1, 1:15, 3, 3:15, 5, 5:15, 7, 7:15, 9, 9:15
No Passes
1501 Governor Square Boulevard
Tallahassee, FL

Lake Worth 8 Cinemas
12:10, 2:15, 4:30, 6:50, 9
No Passes
5881 Lake Worth Road
Greenacres, FL

LeJeune Cinemas VI
1:15, 3:15, 5:15, 7:15, 9:15
No Passes
782 NW 42nd Avenue - Ocean Bank Bldg
Miami, FL

Miami Lakes 10
11:15, noon, 12:45, 1:30, 2:15, 3, 3:45, 4:30, 5, 5:15, 7, 8:15, 10:20
No Passes
6711 Main Street - Main Street Mall
Miami Lakes, FL

Muvico Hialeah
11, noon, 1, 2:30, 3:30, 5, 6, 7:15, 8:15, 9:15, 10:15
No Passes
780 West 49th Street; One mile east of 826 on NW 103rd Street
Hialeah, FL

Muvico Palace 20 & The Premier Theaters
11, 11:35, 12:10, 12:45, 1:20, 1:55, 2:30, 3:05, 3:40, 4:15, 4:50, 5:25, 6:10, 7:10, 7:45, 8:30, 9:30, 10:05, 10:40
No Passes
3200 Airport Road
Boca Raton, FL

Muvico Paradise 24 Theater
11:25, noon, 12:40, 12:55, 1:30, 2:05, 2:45, 3:10, 3:35, 4:25, 5, 5:30, 5:55, 6:45, 7:20, 7:50, 8:15, 9, 9:30, 10:10, 10:35
No Passes
15601 Sheridan Street
Davie, FL

Muvico Parisian 20 @ City Place
11:40, 12:30, 1:15, 2, 2:50, 3:35, 4:30, 5:10, 5:50, 6:45, 7:30, 8:15, 9:10, 9:50, 10:30
No Passes
545 Hibiscus Street
West Palm Beach, FL

Muvico Pompano 18
10:20, 10:50, 11:20, 12:30, 1, 1:30, 2:40, 3:10, 3:40, 4:50, 5:20, 5:50, 7, 7:35, 7:55, 9:10, 9:40, 10:10, 11:20, 11:50, 12:20
No Passes
2315 North Federal Highway
Pompano Beach, FL

Oakwood 18
12:25, 1, 2:45, 3:05, 5, 5:20, 7, 7:20, 9:10, 9:25
No Passes
2800 Oakwood Blvd - Oakwood Plaza Shopping Center
Hollywood, FL

Palace 18
12:40, 1:20, 3, 3:35, 5:15, 5:50, 7:40, 9:55
11865 SW 26th Street
Miami, FL

Regal Cinema Key West 6
12:30, 2:50, 5:15, 7:30, 9:45
No Passes
3338 N. Roosevelt Blvd
Key West, FL

Regal Cypress Creek Station 16
12:30, 1, 2:40, 3:10, 4:50, 5:20, 7:30, 9:40
No Passes
6415 North Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Regal Jupiter 18
12:20, 12:50, 2:30, 3:50, 4:45, 7:10, 7:40, 9:20, 10:15
No Passes
204 N. US 1 - The Shops at Jupiter Mall
Jupiter, FL

Regal Magnolia Place 16
11:55, 12:30, 2:05, 2:40, 4:25, 5:05, 7:20, 9:45
No Passes
9645 Westview Drive - The Shops of Magnolia
Coral Springs, FL

Regal Royal Palm Beach 18
12:05, 12:35, 2:25, 3, 4:50, 5:20, 7:05, 7:35, 9:55
No Passes
1003 North State Road 7 - between Belvedere & Okeechobee Blvd
Royal Palm Beach, FL

Regal Shadowood 16
12:30, 2:50, 5:05, 7:20, 9:30
No Passes
9889 West Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL

Regal South Beach 18
12:25, 3, 5:15, 7:25, 9:40
No Passes
1100 Lincoln Road
Miami, FL

Regal Treasure Coast Mall 16
noon, 12:30, 2:25, 3, 4:45, 5:15, 7, 7:30, 9:45
No Passes
3174 North Federal Highway
Jensen Beach, FL

Regal Westfork Plaza 13
12:05, 2:15, 4:30, 7, 9:15
No Passes
15977 West Pines Boulevard
Pembroke Pines, FL

Sawgrass 18
noon, 12:15, 12:30, 2:20, 2:35, 2:50, 4:35, 4:40, 5:10, 7, 7:30, 9:20, 9:50
No Passes
2600 NW 136th Avenue
Sunrise, FL

Sunrise Cinemas - Fountains 8
noon, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6:30, 7, 8:15, 9
No Passes
801 South University Drive
Plantation, FL

Sunrise Cinemas - Intracoastal 8
1, 3, 5, 7, 9
No Passes
3701 NE 163 Street
North Miami Beach, FL

Sunrise Cinemas 15 @ Las Olas Riverfront
noon, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9
No Passes
300 SW First Avenue - Downtown Ft. Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Sunrise Cinemas at Sunrise 11
1, 3, 5, 7, 9
No Passes
4321 Pine Island Road at 44th
Sunrise, FL

SunStar Theatres Coral Square 8
1:15, 3:15, 5:15, 7:20, 9:30
No Passes
770 Riverside Drive at Ramblewood
Coral Springs, FL

Swap Shop Drive-In
8:30, 10:15
No Passes
3291 West Sunrise Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL

UA Movies at the Falls
12:20, 2:40, 5:05, 7:35, 10
9000 SW 136th Street - Falls Shopping Center
Miami, FL