'The Last Templar' review round-up

Lasttemplar_240 Four seasons on CBS' The Unit has proved Scott Foley is well-moved past his days as Felicity's super nice guy, Noel Crane. And Mira Sorvino ... well, Mira Sorvino was in the 1998 kill-or-be-killed thriller The Replacement Killers. Oh, and she has an Oscar.

Not that particularly strong acting chops or action star believability are required for NBC's two-night movie event The Last Templar, wherein an archaeologist (Sorvino) is teamed up with an FBI agent (Foley) in order to traipse through the desert in search of a stolen Vatican treasure.

Before you know it, we're caught up in a TV miniseries retread of The Da Vinci Code, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, National Treasure, etc.

An adventure romp can be fun, but The Last Templar "takes an ill-advised turn toward theological theorizing and New Agey spiritual advice," according to the Los Angeles Times.

The New York Daily News thinks the problem is more of length, and that if they had stopped at two hours rather than four they would have been on to something. Still, "if you go back for the second night, you can see Omar Sharif, who doesn't have a lot to do. By that point, neither does the story."

Perhaps there should be a rule that along with the separation of church and state, a movie relying heavily on witty "don't-you-think-I'm-the-cutest-thing-ever" banter between its leads probably shouldn't bring something as sensitive and tricky as Jesus and the Holy Grail into the plot. As USA Today notes: "[Sorvino] is pretty and she has good chemistry with Foley, and that's probably as much as the project deserves."