two and a half stars out of five Bleak, harsh landscape, extremes of weather and personal hardship set an impressive backdrop to this lavishly made and visually stunning film.

Shame then, that the characterisation is fairly flat – maybe it doesn’t translate well? There are also whacking great holes in the plot – so just how does Genghis manage to raise his armies when most of the time he’s someone’s prisoner and, even when he’s not, he’s about as popular as a poo in a swimming pool?

Not quite the film it set out to be, sadly. Epic but ultimately, hollow.


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