MOVIE: One Night with the King (Gener8Xion Entertainment/20th
DIRECTOR: Michael O. Sajbel
PRODUCER: Matthew Crouch, Stephan Blinn, Richard J. Cook
WRITER: Stephan Blinn (screenplay) and Tommy Tenney/Mark Andrew Olsen (Novel)
STARRING: Tiffany Dupont, Luke Goss, John Noble, Omar Sharif, John Rhys-Davies, Peter O’Toole
RELEASE DATE: January 30, 2007 (DVD)
Reviewed by Todd Burgett
One Night with the King is the newest big screen adaptation of an Old Testament story – this time, the story of Esther. It is produced by Gener8Xion Entertainment (Omega Code 1 & 2) and directed by Michael O. Sajbel (The Ultimate Gift). Not only does it star Tiffany Dupont (TV’s Bedford Diaries) and Luke Goss (Blade II), but such big screen notables as Omar Sharif (Doctor Zhivago), Peter O’Toole (Lawrence of Arabia) and John Rhys-Davies (The Indiana Jones and Lord of the Rings Trilogies).
One Night with the King is a major disappointment. Not only does it waste its remarkable cast, but its great locations and beautiful sets, as well. The corny dialogue and incoherent editing are two readily noticeable deficiencies. On top of that, the writers have filled out the factual, biblical account of Esther with extreme fictional liberties that could create harmful confusion in the viewer as to what is true or untrue. This most obviously occurs in the ridiculous and counter-biblical backstory of Haman.
All in all, One Night with the King is another Gener8Xion Entertainment debacle. They’ve wasted talent, money and time on what could have been a stirring biblical epic in more capable hands. Sadly, secular Hollywood could have done better. – Todd Burgett