Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Review: Mongol

Director: Sergey Bodrov

Starring: Tadanobu Asano, Amadu Mamadakov, Khulan Chuluun

Year: 2007

Genre: Action/Adventure

Rated: R

Length: 126 min.

IMDB Summary: The story recounts the early life of Genghis Khan who was a slave before going on to conquer half the world including Russia in 1206.

With Mongol, Bodrov achieves a new kind of notoriety--making Genghis Khan appear human. Without crossing the delicate line between humanizing and fluffing up Genghis Khan as a character, Bodrov successfully shows viewers that Genghis Khan, known in the film by his native name Temudjin, was not always a ruthless nomadic leader. Quite to the contrary. In Mongol, we pity Temudjin as he slaves away under his brutal captors and we feel a sense of relief when he escapes, using the wooden stock around his neck to smash in the face of the guard. We see tender exchanges between Temudjin and his innocent bride, who are portrayed as deeply in love. We also see the darker side of Temudjin, as he seeks to exact revenge on his enemies. With stunning acting, directing and cinematography, Mongol brilliantly captures the back story of Genghis Khan and resounds with the theme that destiny is forged by human will--who would have guessed that Temudjin, once a slave, would rise to conquer empires? With outstanding acting and directing, dazzling cinematography and a riveting musical score, Mongol is truly an extraordinary feat.

For Parents:
Battle violence--spearing, stabbing, strangling, cutting, piercing with arrows. Blood and guts. Also, a man's face is disfigured with a plank of wood.

My Rating:
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