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VINE VOICEon 7 October 2008
This film is really a mixed blessing. On the one hand, we have epic battles and sweeping scenery. On the other hand, we have several rather dull and seemingly endlessly drawn out scenes of boring dialogue. It is difficult to say which features of the film win this battle, and will largely vary depending on the individual viewer.

The battle scenes are actually very, very good. There are real blood pumping close quarter sword battles, not disimilar to the Spartan battles in "300". The cavalry battles are also rather awe inspiring, especially the final battle of the film which sees tens of thousands of horsemen slashing away on the Steppe as a thunder storm rages above them. The main weakness is that there are simply not enough of these battles. For a film about Gengis Khan, this is something of a let down, and instead, most of the film seems to revolve around his rather odd social life.

Sadly, most of the film is padded with rather dull and repetitive events. For example, the young Gengis is orphaned. He then spends time alone on the Steppe until he is captured, forced into slavery, then flees and tries to survive on the Steppe, until he is captured and sold into slavery. This cycle repeats itself several times, and is rather dull. Also, the attempts to cast Gengis is a chivalrous, noble man are rather hollow considering the historical record of the man in question.

All in all a mixed bag, and you won't know until you watch it. It is really worth a watch. Before you buy it, it may be worth renting it and seeing it first. If you like it buy it, if not, give it a miss.
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