Rolling Stone - 10/17/2002
"...The great cinematographer Robert Richardson lights the battle scenes like action paintings..."
Box Office - 11/01/2002
"...An old-fashioned but emotionally stirring adventure tale of the kind they rarely make anymore..."
Hollywood Reporter - 09/10/2002
"...Spectacular....Contributing to the epic scope of the film are James Horner's elegant score..."
Sight and Sound - 09/01/2003
"...Heath Ledger cuts a reasonable dash....Enjoyable..."
Total Film - 04/01/2004
"[T]he battle scenes deliver David Lean-style spectacle."
Based on the novel by A.E.W. Mason, this movie adaptation is the third of its kind, following 1939 and 1977 versions. It is the story of a British commander, Harry (Heath Ledger), who follows in his father's footsteps by joining the army. He is engaged to marry the woman of his dreams, Ethne (Kate Hudson), whose father was also a soldier. But when his regiment is to be sent to war in the Sudan, Harry gets nervous. On a whim, he resigns his post, and is instantly rebuffed by three of his closest friends. They each give him a feather symbolic of his fear. When he tells Ethne what he has done, she gives him the fourth, explaining that she cannot love a coward. Lost and alone, Harry cannot come to grips with what has happened. So he travels alone to the Sudan, hoping to in some way help his fellow countrymen and redeem his honor. What he finds instead is a land rife with slavery, brutal violence, and a deadly desert climate. He is befriended by Abou (Djimon Hounsou), a Sudanese wanderer, who saves Harry's life time after time. Director Shekhar Kapur (ELIZABETH) makes this moving adventure story utterly believable with striking photography by Robert Richardson and unmatchable performances from Ledger and Hounsou.
Based On A Novel |
Theatrical Release |
World War I