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Release Date: July 02, 2003

Starring: Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michelle Pfeiffer, Joseph Fiennes, and Dennis Haysbert

Genre: Mythological Fantasy

Audience: Children and adults REVIEWER:
Dr. Ted Baehr SINBAD: LEGEND
OF THE SEVEN SEAS is a
delightful surprise. It's an
extremely exciting,
well-written animated movie
with some exciting sequences
that rival big screen
epics. The movie tells the
story of Sinbad of Arabian
Nights fame. In this version
of the oft told tale, Sinbad
is a pirate, trying to cap off
his career by stealing the
Book of Peace. When he boards
the ship which is carrying the
Book of Peace, he discovers
his old friend Proteus. Eris,
the goddess of chaos, sends a
horrific monster down to
attack the ship because she
wants the Book of Peace.
Proteus and Sinbad fight side
by side to destroy the
monster. When they get to the
town of Syracuse, Sinbad is
feted at a banquet for helping
to save the ship. The Book of
Peace is put in an honored
position in a lighthouse, and
the kings of the Seven Cities
drink a toast in a service
that resembles communion, with
Proteus' father holding a
chalice with a cross on it.
Meanwhile, Eris impersonates
Sinbad and steals the Book of
Peace. Sinbad is blamed and
condemned to death, but
Proteus says that he will take
Sinbad's place, freeing Sinbad
to go to the edge of the world
to the home of Eris in
Tartarus to retrieve the book.
Proteus' betrothed and
beloved, Marina, goes with
Sinbad to make sure he
retrieves the Book of Peace.
Many harrowing adventures
occur, some of them extremely
exciting and frightening,
before some twists and turns
bring this mythic tale to an
end. The good news is that
Sinbad has many very positive
themes. Sinbad the thief and
sinner needs to choose the
right way, recovering the Book
of Peace. He needs to lay down
his life for his friends. He
needs to choose honor over
selfishness, truth over
falsehood, and trust over
irresponsibility. . . in fact
all those Christian virtues
which are set forth so clearly
in the Bible, the real Book of
Peace. Thus, there is a
Christian allegory running
underneath the mythological
story. Sinbad, himself, has to
look in the mirror to find out
who he is and who he wants to
be. He sees that he's been
selfish, cold-hearted, cruel,
and irresponsible. So
convicted, he chooses the
truth and the right way. There
are several minor cautions,
however. Much of the mythology
seems all too convincing. Some
of the action violates the
logic of the story. The world
of chaos ruled by the goddess
is nominalistic. There are
several clear sexual
innuendoes, and the sirens
almost appear to be naked at
times. Furthermore, there are
some Romantic elements, in the
philosophical sense, which,
though rebuked, are not
entirely resolved. Also, there
is a lot of sword play, scary
monsters and frightening
situations. Even so, SINBAD:
LEGEND OF THE SEVEN SEAS has
some incredible writing. The
story carries you to the end
in such a dramatic fashion
that the children sitting next
to me at the screening were
clapping and cheering. I have
seldom seen such an
enthusiastic response from
children at a screening. The
quality and moral virtues of
SINBAD: LEGEND OF THE SEVEN
SEAS are surprising because
the trailers and
advertisements do not even
hint at the excellence and
virtues of the movie itself
which can be summed up in the
biblical mandate from John
15:13, "Greater love has no
one than this, that he lay
down his life for his
friends." (NIV) Please address
your comments to: David
Geffen, Jeffrey Katzenberg &
Steven Spielberg DreamWorks
SKG 1000 Flower
Street Glendale, CA
91201 Phone: (818)
695-5000 Website:
www.dreamworks.com

Rating: PG

Runtime: 92 minutes

Distributor: DreamWorks

Director: Tim Johnson and Patrick Gilmore

Executive Producer:

Producer: Jeffrey Katzenberg and Mireille Soria

Writer: John Logan

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Content:

(CCC, Pa, BBB, Ro, L, V, S, N, A, M) Very strong redemptive worldview in a mythological (pagan) setting with a very strong redemptive premise, several clear moral themes and intentional Christian allegorical elements such as a goddess who seems to symbolize Satan, a book which appears to symbolize the Bible, a scene which appears to symbolize communion complete with a chalice with cross on it, a lighthouse illuminated by the "Book of Peace," several clear acts of self-sacrifice for others, a substitutionary act, a nominalistic realm of chaos, and a romantic epithet which says to "follow your heart"; some scatological innuendoes including off-color remark about dog grabbing your leg if he likes a woman, some sexual comments including catcalls and vomiting; lots of sword fights, battles with frightening monsters, man killed by monster, almost drowning, and other action elements; sexual innuendo; upper male nudity remarked upon in a provocative way, sexy women and sirens who are almost naked; toasting with alcohol; and, thievery, stealing, lying, and other immoral acts are clearly rebuked.

GENRE: Mythological Fantasy

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Summary:

SINBAD: LEGEND OF THE SEVEN SEAS is a very well-written animated adventure tale about Sinbad the sailor trying to retrieve the Book of Peace from an evil spirit to save his friend. There is a strong Christian allegory with strong moral values running underneath this mythological story, which includes, however, some light sexual innuendoes and scary monsters.

Review:

SINBAD: LEGEND OF THE SEVEN SEAS is a delightful surprise. It's an extremely exciting, well-written animated movie with some exciting sequences that rival big screen epics.

The movie tells the story of Sinbad of Arabian Nights fame. In this version of the oft told tale, Sinbad is a pirate, trying to cap off his career by stealing the Book of Peace. When he boards the ship which is carrying the Book of Peace, he discovers his old friend Proteus. Eris, the goddess of chaos, sends a horrific monster down to attack the ship because she wants the Book of Peace. Proteus and Sinbad fight side by side to destroy the monster.

When they get to the town of Syracuse, Sinbad is feted at a banquet for helping to save the ship. The Book of Peace is put in an honored position in a lighthouse, and the kings of the Seven Cities drink a toast in a service that resembles communion, with Proteus' father holding a chalice with a cross on it.

Meanwhile, Eris impersonates Sinbad and steals the Book of Peace. Sinbad is blamed and condemned to death, but Proteus says that he will take Sinbad's place, freeing Sinbad to go to the edge of the world to the home of Eris in Tartarus to retrieve the book. Proteus' betrothed and beloved, Marina, goes with Sinbad to make sure he retrieves the Book of Peace. Many harrowing adventures occur, some of them extremely exciting and frightening, before some twists and turns bring this mythic tale to an end.

The good news is that Sinbad has many very positive themes. Sinbad the thief and sinner needs to choose the right way, recovering the Book of Peace. He needs to lay down his life for his friends. He needs to choose honor over selfishness, truth over falsehood, and trust over irresponsibility. . . in fact all those Christian virtues which are set forth so clearly in the Bible, the real Book of Peace. Thus, there is a Christian allegory running underneath the mythological story.

Sinbad, himself, has to look in the mirror to find out who he is and who he wants to be. He sees that he's been selfish, cold-hearted, cruel, and irresponsible. So convicted, he chooses the truth and the right way.

There are several minor cautions, however. Much of the mythology seems all too convincing. Some of the action violates the logic of the story. The world of chaos ruled by the goddess is nominalistic. There are several clear sexual innuendoes, and the sirens almost appear to be naked at times. Furthermore, there are some Romantic elements, in the philosophical sense, which, though rebuked, are not entirely resolved. Also, there is a lot of sword play, scary monsters and frightening situations.

Even so, SINBAD: LEGEND OF THE SEVEN SEAS has some incredible writing. The story carries you to the end in such a dramatic fashion that the children sitting next to me at the screening were clapping and cheering. I have seldom seen such an enthusiastic response from children at a screening. The quality and moral virtues of SINBAD: LEGEND OF THE SEVEN SEAS are surprising because the trailers and advertisements do not even hint at the excellence and virtues of the movie itself which can be summed up in the biblical mandate from John 15:13, "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." (NIV)

Please address your comments to:

David Geffen, Jeffrey Katzenberg & Steven Spielberg

DreamWorks SKG

1000 Flower Street

Glendale, CA 91201

Phone: (818) 695-5000

Website: www.dreamworks.com

SUMMARY: SINBAD: LEGEND OF THE SEVEN SEAS is a very well-written animated adventure tale about Sinbad the sailor trying to retrieve the Book of Peace from an evil spirit to save his friend. There is a strong Christian allegory with strong moral values running underneath this mythological story, which includes, however, some light sexual innuendoes and scary monsters.

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