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Critic Reviews for Nomad
The film is stilted and lame. Worse, the acting is as grim as the story is primeval.
It embraces every cliché in the epic-movie playbook, relies too heavily on stale dialogue delivered in somber tones and offers little to its actors besides the opportunity to fashion some great-looking Eurasian costumes.
The filmmakers don't appear to know what's important, let alone how to pace an epic for big drama and maximum thrills.
Kazakhstan supposedly spent $40 million in making this martial-arts epic. That bought a laughably corny Hollywood B-movie, gorgeous scenery, Hollywood B-actors and extras who plainly weren't members of the Screen Extras Guild.
It harks back to those sand-and-sandals epics of the 1950s and '60s, with an international cast speaking in awkwardly dubbed English.
Audience Reviews for Nomad
The gorgeous locations and epic fight scenes can't compensate for all of the bad acting, laughable dialogue and an awful plot full of clichés.
The story of a young warrior uniting the Kazakh tribes of the vast tundra plains against Mongolian invaders. Although it combines a few international B-movie stars to tell this tale, the film actually looks really good and far from cheap. The cinematography and landscapes are very beautiful, the soundtrack nicely pompous and fitting. Sadly, that's already the best you can say about this oddly boring film. Too many stereotypes and bad dialogues make it hard for the audience to get involved. The riding and sword fight action scenes are decent at best but have been done better and more exciting in many movies. Although things do get better towards the end it somehow leaves a stale taste in your mouth, considering how much better this could have been with a little more love for a decent story and lines.
To my knowledge, this is the first film I've seen out of Kazakhstan, which turns out to be a historical epic adventure about Ablai Khan. This is not as good as the likes of 300 or The Lord of the Rings, but it isn't trash either.
The story is straightforward, but there are times where it gets a little choppy. I want to say that this choppiness helps because a good portion of this flick is boring. I think some of the boredom goes away because of this. I am not saying that this is a good thing either. It just so happens that it helps in this situation.
The first half of the film is the big letdown. The pace is slow and the action, which is decent at best, is at a minimum. The second half is more action, but it isn't enough to up the rating for this flick. The ending is lacking as well. There is sort of this big buildup right before it, but nothing BIG really happens.
There is a decent sword fight in the second half, not the ending, and the rest of the fights are a let down. Mark Dacascos is better than this.
The cast is questionable. This movie is from Kazakhstan, but you have the likes of Jay Hernandez, Jason Scott Lee, and Mark Dacascos showing up as the bigger characters. Jay Hernandez feels somewhat out of place, but Jason Scott Lee fits right in and becomes the best character of the movie. In case you are wondering, everybody speaks Kazakh, which is a huge plus.
I find this film to be a hit or miss amongst most people. If you like these historical warrior movies, then give this a shot.
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