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Unless you're into watching 3 hours of propaganda, stay clear
I come from an Eastern-European background. Movies during my childhood were chosen and censored by bureaucrats, financed by the party in everything but name and it was generally frowned upon to say anything bad about the party.
Not even between Stalin's death and the late 80's have such movies come out from those countries like this one. I mostly kept watching because I couldn't believe what I was seeing: A 3 hour-long, propaganda-piece depicting a struggle between the righteous against evil. No thought was put into establishing the motives or the backgrounds of the characters, they are all as one-dimensional as Thomas the tank-engine (no offence).
8.1 (the score of the movie now) implies that the movie has artistic qualities. I personally feel that artistic qualities are measured by the number of times a movie makes me think/wonder/happy or any other feeling except for anger, felt towards the people who made the actual film.
I strongly suspect that the reason this film is so bad is because it was financed by the Turkish political elite who were looking for a drum to beat.
Why anyone with more than a passing appreciation for movie-making would watch it is beyond me.
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