As Kazakhstan tears
itself apart, a prophecy comes to pass of a warrior that will come with
the spirit of Genghis Khan and unite the nomad tribes. As Oraz (Scott Lee)
walks the land looking for the fabled child, the tyrants that make the people
shiver in fear try to hunt down and kill the child before he can fulfil
his destiny. It is Mansur (Becker) who is this fabled warrior but he faces
many challenges before he can become the man he needs to be.
The epic movie is
definitely making a comeback with the advert of computer-generated effects
and a new interest in telling tales of old but can the story of a nomadic
struggle enthral audiences?
Kazakhstan is probably
not the country you would think of filming an historical epic but Kazakh
history is one filled with tales of the great Mongol warriors that conquered
most of Asia. 'Nomad: The Warrior' tells a story from Kazakh history that
would lead to the country been united and a prophecy coming true. This might
sound like an epic story in the making but unfortunately it doesn't quite
The tale of a warrior
that will arrive to unite the Kazakhs and usher the country into a new age
might sound like it has the credentials for a piece of epic cinema. Filmed
in Kazakh and English, the film takes an authentic approach and recreates
the era superbly. The film tries to create an epic scale on a smaller budget
with some the coming together of troops and the sieges sequences looking
extremely good but there is something about the movie that doesn't quite
push the film into that epic category.
The cast is a mixture
of Hollywood and Asian cinema. Hispanic actors Kuno Becker and Jay Hernandez
play Mansur and Erali, the two best warriors that nomad clans have ever
produced and most of the action centres on them. Jason Scott Lee plays the
wise master who trains the two warriors. Mark Dacascos has a small but pivotal
role as a villain and there are good performances from Ayana Yesmagambetova
as Gaukhar and Doskhan Zholzhaksynov as Galdan Ceren. All the performances
are fine but it the material that they have to work with that means the
film doesn't quite make it.
'Nomad: The Warrior'
is a fine effort but it isn't quite as good as it could have been. The battle
sequences are not grandiose enough to make an impact and the even the one
on one fights don't really set the screen alight. 'Nomad: The Warrior' had
a lot of potential but it didn't quite deliver.
Presented in Widescreen
1.85:1 Anamorphic with a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, the transfer is good.
The complete lack
of any DVD extras for ''Nomad: The Warrior' will come as a complete let
down to fans of the film. Releasing a movie without extra should be classed
as a criminal offence as DVD buyers now expect a little bit more for their
money than just the movie.
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