Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Movie Review: Mongol

The movie "Mongol" is about Genghis Kahn's rise to power. It stops when he defeats his friend and rival and clears the way to becoming the Kahn of all of Mongolia. This is about where most history books pick up since that's about where what he did started it impact the rest of the world. It also means that the movie misses all the really big battle scenes.

Temudjin was the son of a not terribly powerful Kahn. His father died when he was 10 or so. Poisoned by his enemies. With the Kahn dead they came and took all of the tribes sheep and horses. They stopped short of killing Temudjin although they wanted to. Tradition says you don't kill children.

Temudjin spends most of the next 10-15 years on the run, in chains, and either rescuing or being rescued by his wife. A friend who becomes Kahn of another tribe and helps him in a rescue slowly turns against him as they both vie for the role of great Kahn.

It's not a movie for the general public. Kind of a laid back "Conan the Barbarian" but not really. If you're into this kind of thing you'll like it. It's in Mongolian and is subtitled.

It was nice to see but I won't get the DVD.

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