Fetih 1453 (Conquest 1453) Reviews
My single complaint about this film is that, from the perspective of someone trained in weapons, the sword fighting choreography is clumsy at best. Also, the one on one fight scene at the end has each opponent doing a repeated Hulk "AAAAAAAARGH". Maybe this is normal in Turkish cinematic fight scenes. I have no idea. I thought it was ridiculous. Also, again, that fight is laughably slow.
The film has some excellent dialog. The part where Era is told "women don't belong in war" to which she responds is awesome. Also, Mehmet's monologue to his father when he dies is also moving. Of course, it's better if you know the history first.
A final interesting note: There's a slight reference to the real historical Dracula in this film. See if you can catch it :)
Did however appreciate the affect they placed in the Ottoman ranks wondering about the Hungarians to arrive, and the 3 Geonese ships that passed the Ottoman Navy. The actor in place of Mehmed did excellent, great acting. I would not however higher Urban's daughter, besides her striking blue eyes, she needs some work. Also the fighting by the Greeks themselves of rather having the Turks control the city rather than the Pope. Overall its good to watch to learn histroy. However it needs to be polished. As stated it is predictable, and obviosuly if you are a Historian you would know what is to happen. However there are great movies out there that reflect off history and the Director has performed such a great job at creating the suspense that the viewers are watching (and you know the end should be good), but still, it's the action.
The film's problem is that it is just too gung ho. You can tell that they've seen Hollywood epics before. They clearly liked what they saw, although they didn't completely understand it except for the parts about slow motion, because imitation is the highest form of flattery. But no Hollywood film would be so unabashedly war-hungry. They don't have any real motives either and whatever you think of Hollywood films they always keep an eye on providing motivation. Here it's missing. Why are they attacking the Greeks? Well, that's just what Turks do innit? But the Greeks are shown as a pretty ineffectual lot who posture a lot but pose no real threat. When the film does show motivation (in the minor characters) it's laid on pretty heavy. Like the one guy who doesn't want to build war machines so the evil Greeks try and kidnap his daughter only for him to be rescued by the hero Turk. Or the same girl, who turns out to have been enslaved by the Greeks (the Ottomans were the big importers of slaves at this point. The Janissaries were composed entirely of enslaved boys taken from their families as tribute. The Greeks weren't really capable of even leaving Greece) only to be rescued by her father. Subtle.
Basically this is not a black and white situation (what is?) and cannot easily be fitted into one. Instead of either accepting that and going for realism or else finding a moral justification (however insane) for people's actions they simply ignore the problem. Which means that most of the film is just one thing happening after another. And I just don't care. The character motivation is similarly scarce since they all act like extras from 300. Also, for a film about Muslims fighting a holy war against Christians (and the film certainly sets itself up this way by starting with Mohammad) it has exactly twice the number of suicide bombings I'd expect to see.