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Credited cast:
Robert Beltran ... Sgt. Baxter
Jeff Fahey ... Kramer
Chase Masterson ... Ashley Pierce
Heather Donahue ... Cpl. Keats
Faran Tahir ... Umari
A.J. Buckley ... Pvt. Sulley
Jeff M. Lewis ... Ortiz (as Jeff Lewis)
Richard Gnolfo ... John Busey
Jonas Talkington Jonas Talkington ... Mouth
Michail Elenov Michail Elenov ... Fathi
George Zlatarev George Zlatarev ... Safa
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Benjamin Burdick ... Ryan
Michael Cory Davis ... Pvt. Davis
Edmund Druilhet ... Sargent Cohen
Vlado Mihailov Vlado Mihailov ... Mickey


During Operation Iraqi Freedom, a US Army Squad is sent to a small Iraqi town to locate a missing news crew, only to find the residents of the town dead and a living weapon of mass destruction, a Manticore, awakened from its long slumber by a terrorist leader wanting to rid his land of the American invaders at any price. Written by GeneralEric

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26 November 2005 (USA) See more »

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Sofia, Bulgaria

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The American flag patch on the right arms of the soldiers' uniforms is incorrect. It should have the stars on the right side, making it look backwards. See more »


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It could have been so much more...
12 April 2011 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

A movie about the mythical manticore creature. Hmmmm... Well that sales pitch was enough to get me interested, and so I decided to give the movie a go.

Now first of all, I had expected somewhat more thrills and horror from the movie. I hadn't anticipated this much action. Most of the movie has enough action in it that it borders on being an actual war movie with American troops in Iraq, and just having the manticore being a background story. That was a shame, in my opinion, because the creature would have worked so much better with more attention to it.

The creature itself was nicely enough fleshed out, despite it looked painstakingly fake at times. But the conceptual design of it was really good. And compared to the manticore from fantasy role-playing games, like Dungeons & Dragons, then the manticore did look quite like how the creature is presented in that world. And since most of the movie takes place during daylight, then you really get to see the creature a lot, unlike many horror movies that take place at night and everything is shrouded in perpetual shadow.

As for the cast in "Manticore", well then I was pleasantly surprised to actually see Jeff Fahey (playing Kramer) in here. I had no idea he was in the movie prior to actually seeing him on the screen. However, his performance here wasn't among his better performances. But still, his face was a welcomed one. The movie was solely carried by Robert Beltran (playing Sgt. Baxter), and he did a phenomenal job with his role. He was very believable and dynamic in this role, so thumbs up on that.

There weren't any real scares or shock moments throughout the movie, and that was a shame. There was a bit too much focus on the military parts of the story. But that particularly military part, they did well, however. It was realistic and adrenalin-filled action to watch the soldiers as they rushed through the narrow streets, and the camera work added a lot of chaotic touch to the scenes (in a good way). So that was really working out great.

The story of the movie, however simple it actually was, could have been better. You just brush the surface of the legend of the manticore. Again, it is the military in Iraq that overshadows everything here. And this weak storyline drags the overall impression of the movie down, for me at least.

"Manticore" could have been better, but it is far from bad. Don't get me wrong. It is good enough for a night where you just want to unwind with a movie and disconnect your brain.

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