Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Review: Mountains of the Moon

Director: Bob Rafelson

Starring: Patrick Bergin, Iain Glen, Richard E. Grant

Year: 1990

Genre: Action/Adventure

Rated: R

Length: 136 min.

IMDB Summary: The story of Captain Richard Francis Burton's and Lt. John Hanning Speke's expedition to find the source of the Nile river in the name of Queen Victoria's British Empire.

Historically accurate, this film is worth the watch for its acting, cinematography and music. The plot may be embellished a bit for the big screen, but filmmakers skillfully portray the mixed emotions surrounding this harrowing and frightful journey to find the source of the Nile. Bergin was a bit stale as fearless explorer Richard Burton, but Glen was brilliant in his portrayal of Speke.The grit and gore depicted in this film are definitely not for the faint of heart. Watch Mountains of the Moon for its acting, cinematography and soundtrack, but if violence disturbs you, then keep your distance.

For Parents:
A bit too graphic for my taste, including a man's leg stabbed numerous times as a torture, a spear thrust through a man's cheek and then pulled out, an amputation and bugs carrying disease. Some language. Not a family movie.

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