ByJoby Bongco, writer at
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Joby Bongco

The Summer of 2015 is shaping up to be a great time for movies. Moviegoers have a lot to look forward to from new blood like Tomorrowland, Ant-Man, Inside Out and San Andreas, to new installments of classics like [Mad Max: Fury Road](tag:41445) and Jurassic World, to highly anticipated sequels and spin-offs of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Pitch Perfect 2, Entourage and Minions.

This Summer seems to have every genre of movie you could want: superheroes, action, comedy, natural disasters, family films; you name it, it's there. However, the one kind of movie that doesn't seem to be represented as much as the others this coming summer is that of the supernatural. Sure we have the reboot of the classic Poltergeist and Chapter 3 of the Insidious franchise, but if you want something a bit more original, look no further...

I give you: Forbidden Empire.

Forbidden Empire stars Jason Flemyng (League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, X-Men: First Class) as Jonathan Green, a geographer/cartographer who is on an expedition to map out the world's boarders.

Along the way, he becomes stranded in a Ukrainian village where the leader hires him to create a map of the area. While he accomplishes this, Green begins to notice some strange occurrences and finds himself in the middle of a year long supernatural mystery that has plagued the town. Now he must help a village filled with a naive and outdated ideology in order to help himself fulfill his futuristic conquest.

Forbidden Empire has a lot to offer any type of movie-lover, but if you're not convinced, here are 3 reasons to check it out!

It's Original!

Although the producers developed the overall concept from two separate sources, the final result is still unique nontheless. One sub-plot is that of Jonathan Green's, which originates from the real story of French-Polish cartographer, Guillaume Levasseur de Beauplan, who was the first to create a descriptive map of the Ukraine.

The other is the story of Viy, the supernatural entity that is cursing the land, whose origins can be dated back to a horror story written in 1835 by Ukrainian-Russian author Nikolai Gogol. So, unless you're adept in the history of cartography or Ukrainian folklore, you will find the plot pretty original.

The overall concept of the movie is not the only thing that viewers will find different. Some of the creatures that are depicted throughout the film are unlike any others that I have personally ever seen. Most of the time when you see supernatural beings (vampires, demons, harpies, etc.) they sometimes seem to resemble another adaptation or other creatures from another source. Of course some features have to remain consistent for the audience to distinguish what kind of creature is being portrayed (shape of the ears, length of the fangs, overall physique, etc). However, Forbidden Empire does a great job of giving the audience new demon-like entities of which I have never seen before.

It's Clever!

In having such a unique take on the source material and creatures of Forbidden Empire, it is no surprise that the movie is full of creativity. For example, the picture above depicts one of Green's devices that he uses for his quest to create a world map which resembles a rudimentary predecessor to a modern day odometer.

In other times through the film, we see other versions of modern day technology and the creativity of this movie does not stop there, the script writers also put in Easter egg-like dialogue highlighting the culture of the time period and region. Throughout the movie I noticed subtle references to scientists and their discoveries, the belief in higher forces, and the popular culture of the time.

It's Stylish!

On top of having an original concept, the film also has the most creative visuals and dialogues, making the way that the story is told a very interesting style.

Although it has as similar vibe of films such as Pirates of the Caribbean, The Brothers Grimm, and Van Helsing, it is still very much its very own. Forbidden Empire manages to combine action, humor, mystery, suspense, and the daring supernatural into one medley of a film; it truly has something for all movie-lovers.

Forbidden Empire will be released in the U.S. on May 22nd and in the U.K. on June 1st, 2015!

Sources: Wikipedia, YouTube


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