You're quite right. I guess the beef was that I went to see it immediately upon reading your initial post. So I imagine that is why you took the steam. While I most likely (see, I can be moderate) won't be buying it at any time in the future I definitely shouldn't be griping here and spoiling other people's fun. I watched it without much taste or even without that much distaste, just the sort of disappointment you get when you set your sights too high (up onto a screen in this case). http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/wink.gif
The problem wasn't an HT one, but one based on the value I had placed on your wholehearted endorsement of this film: I brought a fairly sensitive person to the picture upon reading your enthusiastic posts and then spent the better part of the movie with her hiding her eyes and asking when it was okay to watch... She missed - as you well imagine - a fair proportion of the "action scenes".
This also spoiled "my fun" by forcing me to arbitrate throughout the movie whether aven mere stabbing was done in a watchable way or whether it degenerated into borderline sadistic twists. Yeah, I know, I should hang out with He-Men rather than them sissy dames (not reading this I hope R). So it is back to the good old HT where you can screen movies for their propensity to cast romantic moods and even slap in a second feature if your initial choice disappoints. So my beef is more against the "Real" Movie Theater experience versus the far more satisfying HT experience, the maximum of gore of Maximus only served as a catalyst to repudiate the former.
Buy you a drink at the Paris show? Cheers,