6.2/10
461
9 user 8 critic

Journey to Mecca (2009)

One of the greatest travellers in human history, twenty-one-year-old law student Ibn Battutah set out alone to Mecca from Tangiers in 1325 and returned to Morocco almost thirty years later.... See full summary »

Director:

Bruce Neibaur
Reviews
2 wins. See more awards »

Photos

Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Chems-Eddine Zinoune Chems-Eddine Zinoune ... Ibn Battutah
Hassam Ghancy ... Highwayman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Essam Edriss Essam Edriss ... Hamza (voice)
Nabil Elouahabi ... Hamza
Ben Kingsley ... Narrator
Nadim Sawalha ... Ibn Mustapha
Learn more

More Like This 

Animation | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An account of the birth of Islam.

Director: Richard Rich
Stars: Nicholas Kadi, Richard Epcar, Eli Allem
Mucize Ask (2019)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

During the 1960s, Aziz is a disabled man who finds himself in an arranged marriage with Mizgin, the most beautiful girl in the area.

Director: Mahsun Kirmizigül
Stars: Mert Turak, Fikret Kuskan, Biran Damla Yilmaz
The Miracle (2015)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

1960s Turkey countryside. A newly assigned teacher finds out that the solitary village is missing a school. He gets fond of the village people and especially a disabled man. The teacher ... See full summary »

Director: Mahsun Kirmizigül
Stars: Büsra Pekin, Senay Gürler, Mahsun Kirmizigül
Three Cards (2010)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

A disgraced professor recounts his career and involvement with gambling.

Director: Leena Yadav
Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Madhavan, Shraddha Kapoor
War Story I (2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

A war photographer who recently endured a brutal detainment in Libya holes up in Sicily to come to terms with her ordeal, not far from the home of her former lover and mentor. Soon she ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Jackson
Stars: Catherine Keener, Hafsia Herzi, Ben Kingsley
Drama | Thriller | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A war criminal in hiding forms a relationship with his only connection to the outside world, his maid.

Director: Brad Silberling
Stars: Ben Kingsley, Hera Hilmar, Peter Serafinowicz
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

It follows the story of two lonely teachers, a male and a female. They were assigned at the same rural school but a year apart. The girl being assigned first, attempted to write her ... See full summary »

Director: Nithiwat Tharatorn
Stars: Laila Boonyasak, Sukrit Wisetkaew, Sukollawat Kanarot
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

This movie is a love story between an idealistic American nurse and a Turkish officer in World War I.

Director: Joseph Ruben
Stars: Michiel Huisman, Hera Hilmar, Josh Hartnett
The Physician (2013)
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In Persia in the 11th Century, a surgeon's apprentice disguises himself as a Jew to study at a school that does not admit Christians.

Director: Philipp Stölzl
Stars: Tom Payne, Stellan Skarsgård, Olivier Martinez
Death Watch (2013)
Action | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

A terrorist plants several bombs throughout the city of Colombo, Sri Lanka and threatens to detonate them unless prisoners are released.

Director: Chandran Rutnam
Stars: Ben Kingsley, Ben Cross, Patrick Rutnam
Bheeshma (2020)
Action | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The film revolves around Bheeshma, a man making his living as a meme creator, who wants to remain single forever. But will he be able to?

Director: Venky Kudumula
Stars: Nithiin, Rashmika Mandanna, Ajay
Be With You (2018)
Drama | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Woo Jin takes care of his son Ji Ho alone after his wife Soo A passed away. Before she passed away, she promised she would be back on a rainy day one year later. One year later, Soo A appears again, but she does not remember anything.

Director: Jang-Hoon Lee
Stars: Ji-seob So, Ye-jin Son, Yoo-ram Bae
Edit

Storyline

One of the greatest travellers in human history, twenty-one-year-old law student Ibn Battutah set out alone to Mecca from Tangiers in 1325 and returned to Morocco almost thirty years later. This is the story of his first pilgrimage, book-ended with never-before seen documentary footage of the contemporary Hajj. Filmed for initial presentation in IMAX and other giant screen cinemas. Written by Jonathan Barker

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | History

User Reviews

 
Using Ibn Battuta's name to sell soft-core documentary
23 May 2009 | by Strivin-to-BBetterSee all my reviews

Disappointing. Really. From all the interesting, adventurous and cool things that happened in Ibn Batutta's life none were used. An average person will have a distorted view of Ibn Batutta. If I hadn't read his Book I would too. I feel that the creators of this movie cleverly used his name to sell a documentary on Hajj. Even there too - Hajj is just sloppily touched on and the movie abruptly ends. There is no real in-sight into how Muslims used to live or how Ibn Batutta lived - you go in knowing nothing and come out knowing less. I hear that a lot of 'research' was done but apart from the footage of the Ka'ba (which you just need permission and a camera for) I don't see any of it. There was so many obvious glitches (like every man in the Great Caravan having mustaches instead of beards and the women walking around with their hair loose under small scarves - clearly extras from the eastern film industry and in no way properly portraying the style of Muslims couple of hundred years ago.)Anything you saw in a Moroccan film you'll see here.I don't know what research these creators are talking about. From a plot point of view this movie was bland. We see Zinoune travel through the boring, empty,dry desert most of the time. There was no real substance or story-line. I was expecting more considering how exciting the trailer and synopsis were made out to be. The only good thing is that Muslims aren't portrayed as mass-murderers and the Hajj has accurate details (we'll pretend we never saw everyone coming up from Sijda without the Imaam saying 'Allaah-hu-Akbar'). In short - a highly-pumped, overrated, pointless movie with no idea what it wants to be or where its going. A loose cannon. I can't believe that we're supposed to believe that they actually did research about Ibn Batutta, ancient Arabia or Hajj. You'd have to know absolutely nothing about Islaam to watch this film - if that's you, then go for it, but if you know even a little bit - take a pass. Read his book; it was way better.


10 of 25 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 9 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English | Arabic

Release Date:

7 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Journey to Mecca See more »

Filming Locations:

Morocco See more »

Edit

Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,488
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.44 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed