Sweeping panoramic vistas and haunting imagery cannot save this altogether pedantic historical drama that never manages to incite much emotion except for bone crushing monotony. Based on Genghis Khan, one of history’s grandest conquerors, the film by Russian director Sergei Bodrov never manages to move out of first gear and relies on some incredible leaps in time and suspect scene construction that never presents more than a wafer thin insight into the early years of the man who would go on to cut a path of conquest through much of Asia.
Mumbai, 2006. Jamal Malik is one question away from winning 20 million rupees. How did he do it? A: He Cheated B: He’s Lucky C: He’s a genius D: It is written
Made for a paltry, by Hollywood standards, 15 million dollars, Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire is the feel good movie of the year that has seemingly come out of nowhere to entice and charm audiences from around the world. Boyle, most noted for his past work on science fiction thrillers 28 Days Later and Sunshine as well as the critically acclaimed Trainspotting staring Ewan McGregor is a surprise candidate for such subject matter but he pulls it off imbuing the movie with a near perfect recipe that is at times biting social commentary, tragic melodrama and gritty realism all enveloped in an age old parable of the powers of love and destiny.
“The final product is actually quite solid, with a universal tale of camaraderie and sacrifice that will appeal to just about any viewer in any country. Musa might not redefine cinema but it provides a great entry point to the Korean film industry or those desiring to seek out anything not Hollywood.”