I openly admit I am a geek, but I seriously struggled to get on board with this mishmash of a film.
Firstly, I am going to air my disappointment with Mads Mikkelsen….why! Why did you do this film Mads?? I thought we had a thing going after the series of Hannibal, why would you let yourself sink so low? The role doesn’t suit Mads and while it may have been a life long dream of his to appear as a Marvel super villain, this was not the film for you. Maybe you were running short on pin money and thought this would be an easy pay check… I don’t know, Ihave despaired of you and I am not sure I can make it back up with you until another series of Hannibal comes out.
Next… Benadict Cumberbatch… urgh! Although he does suit the role of arrogant egotist quite well so you think he would have found his vibe in this role, sadly he just comes across as Benadict Cumberbatch like he does in everything else that he appears in.
The plot in this seems like it’s complex, but if you look at it in realistic terms it boils down to… amazing surgeon is an idiot and is checking his phone while driving, he has a car crash and screws up the one thing that makes him an amazing surgeon… his hands. He then travels to Kathmandu and finds some monk like sourcerers who reluctantly train him in their ways. He can’t let his arrogance go and starts teaching himself only to find things are about to get real. He has to fight some bad guys in a world that is not the real world, he saves the day, his monky mentor dies and he is left to carry on the good work.
Now aside from the lack of characterisation or the ability to identify with the main character or care if he can ever stop his hands shaking, there are other things in this film which bug me. There is an insinuation that Sherlock Holmes was a sourcerer monk… with Dr. Strange even visiting 221B Baker Street as if a confirmation that Holmes was in the order. A blantant homage to Cumberbatch’s role in Sherlock.
The effects are good and the sets are well thought out and fitting with some amazing things that happen which honestly look like they have probably been lifted right out of Inception.
If I didn’t know I was watching Dr. Strange I could have seriously confused this for The last Airbender, as this seems to melt in to that film on occasions.
I wouldn’t waste your time on this film, it’s not even made it to its so bad it’s funny. This is neither particularly entertaining for the right reasons or the wrong ones. Go watch something different… or go outside and get some fresh air. Just avoid this film at all cost.