In 171 A.D., young gladiator, Ben-Hur (Adrian Bouchet), is mercilessly enslaved to Rome. After years of torture, he escapes the evil clutches of his captors. Now on the run, he finds his escape could be short-lived as mercenaries are sent in pursuit. In his attempt to remain hidden, he finds himself caught in a fight between a local village and the mighty powers of Rome. No longer able to walk away, he helps train the villagers for the ultimate battle of survival.
I was expecting chariot races in Rome, epic galley battles, actual real acting. what I actually got was rejects from a boy band prancing around in the woods dressed in the left over costumes from the 80s version of robin hood.
The plot, if you can call it that, seems to involve the local Roman commander having a plan to get Nero to send him some real solders to replace the weedy specimens he has, (who can blame him)! to get in Nero's good books he rounds up a few local maidens to send to Nero as concubines, a plan unlikely to work unless Nero has a fondness for chunky girls. the plan is foiled by Ben Hur and the boy band who battles the dregs of the Roman army by punching them in the face before upgrading the weaponry to bits of stick.
A bit peeved by this the Romans call in an assortment of elite mercenaries who include a Japanese female kung foo warrior (don't ask) and a old bloke that 'never speak' until they forget this was in the script 15 minutes later and give him a few lines. it goes downhill from there and hits a low point with a 15mph chariot chase on a beach which would have been more exciting if it was on bicycles.
After watching way too much of it I realized it wasn't even Ben Hur. it is in fact the abominable 'in the name of Ben Hur' . I'm guessing the film makers slipped a few quid to someone in the DVD factory to stick the labels from the real Ben Hur onto the DVDs containing their own film. after all it, is the only way anyone in their right mind is going to watch this appalling bit of junk. If i'm making this film sound like it's so awful its worth a watch, i'm sorry. it isn't.