|Paramount Pictures | Release Date: September 20, 2002||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
Has a lot to offer as grand entertainment, from surprising battle sequences (plenty of terror, virtually no gore, brief and tasteful digital enhancement) to fine performances.
Ledger is a charismatic, conflicted hero who internalizes his character's shame and anguish to powerful effect. Wes Bentley is similarly strong as Ledger's best friend turned romantic rival, and Kapur makes the most of Africa's breathtaking desert, crafting a gorgeous spectacle that's at once stately and hyper-real. Read full review
Works as pure escapist entertainment, but it's on the cusp of being smarter -- making it all the more frustrating.
Illogical and glum. [30 Sept 2002, p. 145]
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