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All the Wild Horses (2017)
Beautiful and Entertaining - Full Marks All Round
This a beautifully made film following the riders in a roughly 1000 km distance race across the wide open steppes of Mongolia. And they are riding a succession of native horses, no bigger than the average child's pony in most Western countries, and nowhere near as well schooled and behaved as most riding horses we Westerners are used to.
The film is edited from footage shot during three races (if memory serves) in different years and presented as one race. However, this fact is mentioned and it really doesn't make the film any less interesting or enjoyable.
The race is ridden in stages, the riders staying with native families in their gers overnight before continuing their adventure on a fresh horse in the morning. The films gives a little bit of background information about the various participant - horsepeople from all corners of the world: There are the two Irish racing jockeys, a South African horse whisperer, an American professional girl, an easy going Dutchman and various other characters. Some are in it to win it, others for the experience alone. But make no mistake, this is not about the prize (any prizes are in kind, no big cash sums here), it's about the adventure.
All participants have to deal with various setbacks, some little mishaps, others more serious accidents with injuries. After all, the horses they get to ride are the half wild animals of the Mongolian herders, which live wild and roam the endless grasslands for much of the year, and which are rounded up only a few days before they are needed for the race.
Much of the film is filmed from horseback, the filmmaker having participated in the race several times. The moment when the horses start bucking and the screen goes black, followed by the one single spoken word that surely would escape every seasoned horseman/woman in this situation (the f-word, what else?) is epic. And made for a huge laugh at the screening where I was lucky enough to see the film.
It's really worth seeing this on the big screen, the wide open spaces of Mongolia are absolutely mindblowing. This is a stunning film, narrated with a good sense of humour and a goodly measure of compassion by a man who's been there and done it all himself. Several times over. Loved it when I saw it, will definitely try and watch it again.
Family friendly Celebrity Wildlife Documentary
This is an absolutely family friendly nature and wildlife program which, contrary to what a previous reviewer would have you believe, contains no scenes of nudity in any shape or form.
Bond star Timothy Dalton travels to various locations in North America to find and observe wolves in the wild. The animals prove elusive, and his first visit to Alaska doesn't lead to any sighting. However, there is beautiful footage of the stunning landscape and of grizzly bears feasting on migrating salmon in a river.
Dalton speaks about the undeserved evil reputation of the wolf, and he talks to both native Americans in Alaska and white farmers in Montana about their relation with the wolves in the area.
In Minnesota he teams up with a scientist and manages to track down a wolf with a radio collar and finally comes up close with one of the animals.
Maybe the most interesting part of the film is the journey to the barren north of Canada, where Dalton meets a scientist who spends much time observing the animals in this inhospitable place. He, and the viewers, are rewarded with sightings of a family of wolves with young cubs which are a joy to watch.
If you are looking for an in-depth scientific documentary about the behaviour of wolves and their habitat, this will likely not be what you are looking for. But if you like to see these magnificent animals in the wild, along with beautiful footage of the remote places where they live, this is a very enjoyable little film. Dalton is enthusiastic about every sighting of the animals, and his narration is informative without being overly scientific. He remains sympathetic to the plight of the animals throughout and seems genuinely thrilled when one of the cubs comes up close and takes a morsel of his lunch.
The Rainbow Thief (1990)
Omar Sharif is outstanding
Being a fan of both Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif, I had seen the film before, but I never much liked it. Maybe it has something to do with the general unlikability of all the characters. The only really fun part is Christopher Lee's big scene early on. That's worth seeing at least once for the sheer craziness of it.
When I re-watched the film recently, I still couldn't much like it as a whole, and I couldn't shake off the feeling that Peter O'Toole was in it solely because he had signed a contract and couldn't get out of it. He plays his part, but his heart doesn't seem to be in it. I can't say that I blame him. His part is a rotten one. For his fans, this film is likely to be a disappointment.
But I was struck by Sharif's performance. He owns the film! Right from the beginning his acting is amazing - some of it is almost the stuff of pantomime. What a strange part this is for him, and how wonderful he is in it. And what a great actor he was when he got a chance to show it. A pity that he didn't get parts like this earlier on in his career instead of the playboys and infatuated lovers he played in so many big budget productions.
No, it's not a great film. Not one of Jodorowsky's better ones. But it may be worth watching for the delightful performance of Omar Sharif. If you don't go into it with high expectations, and you don't expect a plot that makes sense (there is none), you might actually enjoy it.
Lie Down with Lions (1994)
Very well acted mini-series
I don't usually write reviews, but seeing several misleading ones here, I decided to add my own. One reviewer laments the lack of Luxembourg locale. I believe Luxembourg is one of the producing countries as well as one of several filming locations of this mini-series. Not having been to Luxembourg I cannot say for sure, but I took it that the first part, which is set in that country, is actually filmed there, even if it's only a few generic city streets and buildings. Luxembourg serves very well as a country where a CIA agent might have a bank job as cover for his clandestine activities, and where an American nurse and a Czech born young doctor work in a hospital. Personally, I never expected to see "chocolate box" pictures of Luxembourg, so don't see a problem with the representation of the country.
Another reviewer seems to have read the book but not watched the film. It seems that much of the book is set in Afghanistan. I haven't read it, so can't say. While it may be interesting to know how realistically the author describes the country and conditions there, in the film the action takes place in the Nagorny-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. So a review concentrating solely on conditions in Afghanistan is not really helpful here.
The storyline is this: Jack (Timothy Dalton) is a CIA field agent who is sent to Azerbaijan to safely bring a tribal leader from the region, Safar Khan (Omar Sharif), to a conference in a Western country. Jack is rather cynical, and immediately points out that it's not about human rights, but purely about oil, and initially he refuses to have anything to do with the mission and walks out on his superiors. However, there is video footage that can be used to persuade him to take on the mission.
After this short introduction the film moves to Luxembourg and we are filled in on the back story of the main characters: Kate (Marg Helgenberger) is an American nurse with a social conscience who is in a relationship with Jack (Dalton), but also in close contact and very friendly with Peter (Nigel Havers), an idealistic young doctor who grew up in Czechoslovakia (the "Dubcek, Dubcek" flashbacks he has during the riot scene make that clear). It's obvious the rather sensitive Peter has always been in love with Kate and is jealous of the confident Jack. While Kate genuinely loves Jack, he uses her as contact and cover for his CIA activities, but shows just enough respect for her to warn her of his cynical nature.
Towards the end of part one, we find out that Peter is indebted to the Russian secret service, his studies having been sponsored by them. He learns about Jack's CIA involvement and warns Kate that her lover is using her. Finding out for herself that this is true, Kate decides to go with Peter when he is sent to the war torn region of Nagorny-Karabakh in Azerbaijan to work there as a doctor for a medical aid organization.
Part two of the film is set in Azerbaijan. Kate and Peter are married now, and she is expecting their child. Peter's KGB handlers are starting to call in favours, Kate gives birth. It is video footage of Kate in this place that's used to persuade Jack to go to Azerbaijan. He's caught up in an ambush, gets shot and ends up in Peter and Kate's clinic in need of treatment. In this environment nobody trusts anybody and everybody has their own agenda.
Giving away how the story pans out from there would be too much of a spoiler for a review. Let me just say that it's a nice mix of adventure, spy thriller and romantic triangle which should appeal to a wide audience. The run time of 180 minutes means that there is plenty time for the back story and there are no holes in the plot.
The cast is impressive, and the acting very good all round. Marg Helgenberger is believable and very likable as Kate, Dalton is a great actor whatever he does, but I can't find much likeness to his Bond in this. He's ruggedly handsome in shabby jeans and a parka, but his character reminds me more of Clancy's CIA agents than of 007. Nigel Havers is well cast as the hapless doctor. His character is not very likable, but he plays it well. Juergen Prochnow (familiar to international audiences as captain of Das Boot) is a menacing villain indeed, and Omar Sharif is quite perfect as wise and wily tribal leader. Overall, it's worth while watching if you can find it. Just as long as you don't expect to see either too much of Luxembourg or anything of Afghanistan. And keep in mind that this was produced as a mini-series for TV, not as a feature film for theatrical release.