The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice (2008, USA)

librarianI enjoyed the first two installments of the Librarian made for TV series (Quest for the Spear and Return to King Solomon’s Mines) and not just because I am a librarian. They were fun, smaller scale version of Indian Jones kind of adventures, but with a large enough scale to make it spectacular enough. So I was looking forward for the third: The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice This time though there was not enough actions to qualify it for an action/adventure movie.

Nevertheless I enjoyed it enough. If the Da Vinci Code can claim that Jesus had a family, then this can claim that Judas was the first vampire and that he had a cup that can rejuvenate vampires. Sorry, I just gave away the movie’s premise although the film’s title was already a hint. The Librarian–who is working for The Library with capital L, where all the ancient and magical artifacts are stored—this time aligns himself with a good vampire, while being on vacation in New Orleans. I appreciated the 4 minute segment of showing the attractions and lively sights of New Orleans upon the Librarian’s arrival to the city for vacation. It was the best public service announcement I have seen to reinvigorate the city and drawing back tourists.

The movie started to draw a bigger picture for upcoming episodes of the stories, as it painted the role of the library on the canvas of the fight between good and evil. I suspect that next movie will be even closer to my heart, because the tree of knowledge–a biblical concept which was enriched by kabbalists—was its closing picture, i.e. the next one might start with that.

Meanwhile in this movie even rogue Russian nationalism was subjugated for the good of mankind. The ex-KGB guys who wanted to create and army of vampires with the help of the chalice realize what they unleashed when the chalice was abused and helped to get it to the safety of the Library. The film opened and closed with failed love story of the Librarian, who by now accepts that nothing can really exist in his life besides the job. Sorry, I will never be that kind of librarian.

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