Caught in the Middle – Kindar the Invulnerable (1965)

Mark Forest and Rosalba Neri star in Kindar the Invulnerable, an enjoyable sword and sandal effort that finds the two characters in love, but of course it is not as simple as that as there is yet another woman enamoured with Kindar played by Dea Flowers and a little sibling rivalry between Powers and his brother as portrayed by Howard Ross (Red Ross). Also, Kindar’s father is not actually his father but a man who kidnapped him from a neighbouring kingdom and all of this weaves together in one dramatic soap opera-like affair filled with fighting and wrestling and the truth coming to light.

While a bit of the fantastic is introduced in the film through Kindar’s invulnerability, the movie is missing those elements of magic and the mythological – no witches or dragons or strange creatures or gods present whatsoever. It is not that every adventure film should have them, but they do make for a much livelier time and gives the hero a little more of a challenge than the usual man on horseback does. Still, director Osvaldo Civirani packs the film with enough action to keep things moving along at a decent pace and it never really feels tedious even when all of the family drama comes into play. Forest does a great job as he usually does in roles such as these, the man just as good as Steve Reeves when it comes to the genre, but again with Kindar being invulnerable to essentially anything, seeing him face off against more than mere mortals would have made things more exciting and lived up to the film’s name.

The rest of the cast is good though Neri feels wasted in such a small role, one which would see her as the love interest that would lose out to Flowers. Mimmo Palmara was quite fantastic as the villain of the piece, the man exuding charisma throughout the entire picture, perhaps even more so than Forest and though it was easy to tell that the two would eventually face off against each other, it was great seeing it come to fruition.

When stacked against the many Hercules and Samson films, not to mention the dozens of others that would be released during the time period, Kindar the Invulnerable simply ranks as okay, which is not a bad thing as there are movies that are definitely worse. It is a perfect film to kill a Saturday afternoon or a lazy Sunday, one that may not enchant but will certainly entertain.

3 out of 5

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