Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas (2014)

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Critic Consensus: Age of the Uprising is well-acted and skillfully composed; unfortunately, it crawls along too slowly to take advantage of its finer qualities.

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An epic drama set in 16th century France against a backdrop of feudalism in decline, AGE OF UPRISING: THE LEGEND MICHAEL KOHLHAAS stars Mads Mikkelsen (A ROYAL AFFAIR, VALHALLA RISING, Hannibal) as a well-to-do horse merchant who resorts to fanatical and violent extremes to obtain justice after a nobleman openly and illegally humiliates him by stealing two of his horses. Adapted from Heinrich von Kleist's novella, a classic of German Romanticism, MICHAEL KOHLHAAS was previously adapted for film in 1969 by Volker Schlöndorff and served as the inspiration for E.L. Doctorow's Ragtime. (c) Music Box Films

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The film is almost monotonously somber, though not in a bad way -- when it erupts into violence or settles briefly into moments of intimacy, the shift in tone can be surprising, even invigorating.

Jun 5, 2014 | Full Review…

It can be quite powerful on the rare occasions when it allows raw emotion to make its way to the surface.

Jun 5, 2014 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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The severely beautiful film is painted in a dauntingly austere manner, as if lost in a war against itself, with confrontations underplayed and the rural landscapes making more of an impression than the detoured drama.

May 29, 2014 | Full Review…

It's a strong story of lonely, even futile righteousness, which makes the plodding execution by director Arnaud des Pallierès somewhat mystifying.

May 29, 2014 | Full Review…

This muted approach robs the film of sorely needed momentum, but offers a rare opportunity for contemplation, a trade-off that only occasionally satisfies.

May 27, 2014 | Full Review…

Succeeds neither as a decent adaptation of the book nor as a rewarding movie in its own right ... Dullness prevails.

Dec 17, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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