Oh dear. This dull adventure is proof, if it were needed, that an impressive vocal cast does not a good animated movie make. Brad Pitt lends his voice to Sinbad – here a thoroughly unlikeable, rather snarky and brash character (not great qualities for a movie hero) – who sails off to steal the Book of Life, only to find it is in his best friend Proteus’s (Joseph Fiennes) possession. When a monster attacks his ship (the only slightly scary bit), Sinbad is saved from drowning by the Goddess of Chaos, Eris (Pfeiffer), and she demands he steals the book for her. A few tedious plot twists later and Sinbad is on a journey to retrieve it, with Proteus’s fiancée Marina (Zeta Jones) on board, willing him to return it to save her fiancé’s life.
What should be an epic adventure ends up being a predictable and tedious one, made worse by the fact that Sinbad is a selfish sort who seems to have no qualms making googly eyes at his friend’s (who is under the threat of execution until Sinbad returns) girlfriend. Yes, some of the animation is great – the seas look terrific and some of the creatures, too – but who cares if the story and characters are annoying?
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As mentioned above, the only really scary moment is when the monster attacks Sinbad’s ship.