Writer: Nicholas Winter (Screenplay)
Starring: Ben Freeman, Kristian Nairn, Brian Blessed, Marytn Ford, James Oliver Wheatley, Marie Everett
Plot: With his true love captured by the villainous Sheriff of Nottingham, the legendary Robin Hood and his crew of outlaws execute a daring rescue to save her.
Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Verdict: Just Another Weak Robin Hood Outing
Story: Robin Hood The Rebellion starts with Robin (Freeman) already at war with the Sheriff of Nottingham (Wheatley), the battles is becoming intense with the Sheriff’s men getting close to Robin’s people. When Maid Marian (Evertt) is taken by the Sheriff’s men, Robin plans his own attack to the Sheriff, first to get Maid Marian back and secondly to end the battle between the two and bring justice to the world.
Thoughts on Robin Hood The Rebellion
Characters – Robin Hood, we know the name we have seen him come to the screen multiple times, this time he is in the middle of the battle with the Sheriff, the people turn to him for safety and he understands why the people can side with the Sheriff at times, he leads the battle to prevent the people suffering the rulership. The Sheriff of Nottingham is controlling the area, he is forcing people to follow his rules with an iron fist, only he needs to test the people following him to capture Robin once and for all. We get versions of the iconic characters from the stories of Robin Hood too.
Performances – Ben Freeman as Robin Hood is fine, he doesn’t do anything to make him stand out and by the end of the film you will forget anything he does through the film. This is a film being sold on two names, Brian Blessed and Kristian Nairn, both have next to no screen time, it is unfair to criticise the acting because most are fine as they don’t have much to work with.
Story – Robin Hoods battles against the Sheriff of Nottingham have been getting told for decades now, every few years we get another version of the events, each one seemingly trying to make them more realistic, by making them more realistic we lose all of the fun created with them and it just becomes another bland good versus evil battle that could have random names instead of just using the iconic name of Robin Hood. This must be one of the weakest stories because of the fact it is just one singular battle, we learn nothing to what caused the battle between the two, see none of the previous battles between them and by the end you will feel like you have just watched the last episode o the television series over a fan story.
Action/Adventure – The action is just swords swinging and the occasion arrow being fired, its all tight battles which we have seen before, the adventure side of the film feel sucked out of this film because of the none quest idea in the film.
Settings – The film is set in the woods, which could be anywhere, nothing makes it look like the place of the iconic battles and the second location is the castle which again has nothing to make it stand out from any other castle battle.
Special Effects – The effects come from the fights mostly wounds that just seem to be the basics for the most part.
Final Thoughts – This is a weak version of the story we have seen way too many times, it just feels like an episode of a television series with way too much missing from the bigger picture.
Overall: Disappointing and Dull.