Well, not sure what to think of this one. There seemed to be inspirations from films like Dune (plenty of desert), Gladiator (amplitheatres, dream sequences of hands through reeds etc.), Last of the Mohicans (soundtrack, hairstyles), MadMax (costumes & more hairstyles - mostly the chief baddie).
While the story line seems to make sense, scenes jump meaning you need to do some out-of-the-box thinking to make the links. Too often, you're left think, 'ok how did we get here?' It makes me wonder whether there is a really good Directors Cut waiting to be released. The similarities with Dune are interesting as Hirokin too has some poorly acted scenes and a script delivered with too much Shakespeare in mind. There is too an overdose in arty sequences. However, I cannot deny that the desert scenery is splendid.
It certainly wasn't a waste of a Saturday night compared with most tv these days but it won't be on my replay list.