The Tempest

Oscar Nominee

Genre:  Comedy, Documentary, Drama
Running Time:  110 min.
Release Date: December 16, 2010 (limited)
DVD: September 13, 2011

Current rating: Rating: 3.77
based on 26 votes and 10 reviews
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Cast: Helen Mirren, Russell Brand, Alfred Molina, Djimon Hounsou, David Strathairn, Chris Cooper, Alan Cumming, Ben Whishaw, Reeve Carney, Felicity Jones, Tom Conti


In this big screen adaptation of Shakespeare's mystical thriller "The Tempest," the gender of the sorcerer Prospero is changed, into the sorceress Prospera (Helen Mirren).

Prospera's journey spirals through vengeance to forgiveness as she reigns over a magical island, cares for her young daughter, Miranda, and unleashes her powers against shipwrecked enemies in this exciting, masterly mix of romance, tragicomedy and the supernatural.

Director: Julie Taymor
Studio: Maple Pictures
Producer(s): Robert Chartoff, Lynn Hendee, Jason K. Lau, Julie Taymor, Julia Taylor-Stanley
Screenplay: Julie Taymor

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  • 4 stars "Helen Mirren was amazing - a great ensemble and moving cinematography!"
  • 3 stars "Curious adaptation of the classic play just misses the mark due to some miscasting and some over-the-top hard to take special effects and a great deal of overacting by Djimon Hounsou and Alfred Molina.It's not likely that we will see again a cast which includes Russel Brand and Chris Cooper and Helen Mirren(who is quite good as usual.)!"
  • 3 stars "Too creepy for me."