"The Musketeer" falls flat on its face and wins the prize for corniest movie of the year.
The appeal of the movie is that Hong Kong action expert Xin Xin Xiong choreographs the film's fight scenes to create an Oriental, karate feel in a sword-toting European setting.
Surprisingly, the action scenes are unimaginative, badly edited and perfunctory. The disappointment of the failure of the film to deliver creative action leaves the viewer feeling cheated of the possibilities the film could offer.
What is left of the movie is a really bad script that leads to even worse delivered lines. Hollywood newcomer, Justin Chambers, is the most inanimate D'Artagnan in the history of Musketeer adaptations.
The only person who delivers lines worse than Chambers is Mena Suvari as his love interest, Francesca, who at least looks like she has a pulse.
The only notable character is the evil Febre (Tim Roth), who takes his scenes and makes the most of his diabolical character. The strength of his acting clashes with the weak performances of the other main characters and makes it obvious that the film falls short of all acting credibility.