Bookworms rejoice! This TV movie which values brains over brawn, even if screenwriter David Titcher's story isn't as smart as his studious protagonist.
Professional student Flynn Carsen (Noah Wyle) in no hurry to graduate, preferring to hopes to spend as long as possibly researching the third-dynasty pyramid his academic mentor installed in a local museum. But the professor kicks Flynn and his multiple degrees out into the cruel world and his mother, Margie (Olympia Dukakis), suggests that it's about time he found gainful employment and a girlfriend. Flynn applies to replace the Metropolitan Public Library's late librarian, Edward Wilde (Kyle MacLachlan), competing successfully against hundreds of candidates. What he doesn't know until job screeners Judson (Bob Newhart) and Charlene (Jane Curtin) give him the good news is that he was auditioning to be the guardian of the world’s greatest treasures. Arriving for his six-month trial period, Flynn finds himself amidst legendary objects like the Ark of the Covenant, Excalibur and Pandora’s Box. His troubles begin when thieves purloin one-third of the "Sword of Destiny," the weapon that supposedly lanced Jesus' side as he hung on the cross. Flynn must retrieve all three pieces before they're reassembled by the Serpent Brotherhood; if pieced together, the sword's power would be inestimable. Flynn flies down to the Amazon and meets up with bodyguard Nicole Noone (Sonya Walger), who fights off the assailants waiting for him and then forces Flynn to parachute into the jungle. They're ambushed and learn the astonishing identity of the Serpent Brotherhood’s ringleader" It's none other than Edward Wilde, who faked his own death. With Nicole’s able-bodied assistance, Flynn must outrace Wilde to collect the spear fragments and lock them safely in the library.
Intended to launch a series of tongue-in-cheek TV adventures, this franchise concept makes clever use of pop culture references. Curtin and Newhart provide refreshing comic relief, but director Peter Winther appears to have been unable to control ER alumnus Wyle's mugging.
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- Released: 2004
- Rating: NR
- Review: Bookworms rejoice! This TV movie which values brains over brawn, even if screenwriter David Titcher's story isn't as smart as his studious protagonist. Professional student Flynn Carsen (Noah Wyle) in no hurry to graduate, preferring to hopes to spend… (more)