Day of the Falcon (2013)
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Starring Antonio Banderas (Desperado), Mark Strong (Zero Dark Thirty), Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) and Tahar Rahim (The Eagle), Day of the Falcon is a soaring epic of honor, greed, betrayal and love from award-winning director Jean-Jacques Annaud (Enemy at the Gates). After years of bloody conflict, the leaders of two rival kingdoms reluctantly agree to end the fighting. But when oil is discovered between their territories, the war is re-ignited. Now it is up to their children - young
Mar 1, 2013 Limited
Mar 25, 2013
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A movie that's fascinating in many respects, but doesn't really work as the lavish entertainment intended.
This ambitious desert epic may be a bit slow and confusing at the beginning, but I found the exciting second half of the movie worth waiting for.
There's an enormous amount of perverse pleasure to be had here for those who get off on the annihilation of nuance.
Pedestrian storytelling and clunky dialogue leaves this would-be epic drama about a power struggle between feuding kingdoms in soon-to-be-oil-rich 1920s Arabia bogged down in the sand
While a plot contrivance late in the day ensures that an opportunity for a climactic battle sequence is not wasted, the film is not really an action epic, but a sweeping story about belief sets in the Arab world.
At 130 minutes, Black Gold does outstay its welcome with too many confused or aborted storylines.
'Is there a greater curse than to be a poor king?' Nesib asks sadly early on. Yes: letting a potentially great story slide away into mediocrity.
A contemporary Lawrence of Arabia ... it is not because it's not beating with any passionate heart ...
The real problem is that Black Gold is rather dull, and much too long for comfort.
The clumsy script never really delivers epic drama. Great action scenes, though.
It would be easy to laugh off if it wasn't so clearly a comment on historical reality.
It might look good but it's an anachronism that totally loses its way in the desert. Given the director's enthusiasm, Black Gold should have sparkled.
Black Gold feels like it could have been made in the 1950s; we have come to expect a little more from our blockbusters.
Like a cool oasis, the end credits shimmer tantalisingly on the horizon throughout this punishingly tedious Arabian epic...
The screen is as wide as the universe, but the further you go in either direction the more you realise you have been there before.
The direction drags, the performances are uneven and there's a strong sense that the fictionalised story is less interesting than the reality.
Audience Reviews for Day of the Falcon
- Prince Auda: I came here as an Emissary.
- Sultan Amar: Who's Emissary of peace?
- Sultan Amar: Is that why you come with Nesiby solders?
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