THE PLOT THUS FAR
The mighty, warring forces of Rome, China, and Malaysia collide in this unforgettable, action-packed epic. In 120 AD, a warrior and descendant of Alexander the Great named Merong is tasked with accompanying a Roman prince through the dangerous regions of Asia ruled by the expanding Han Dynasty. Their destination: a beautiful princess whose kidnapping sets them on a course that will alter the fate of the entire world. Spectacular, lavish, and emotional in the tradition of Spartacus: Blood and Sand, this pulse-pounding mixture of sweeping adventure and relentless martial arts will take you to the dawn of our modern civilization.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
A Roman Prince Marcus Carprenius is set to wed the Chinese Princess Meng Li Hua in a deal to seal two separate empires into an alliance. The wedding is to take place at the mid point between the east-west sea routes of the empires, which would be where modern day Peninsular Malaysia is but of course. However, the young royals fail to see the merits of any loveless, arranged marriage, before finally casting their eye on each other and discovering they share similar long term ideals. But the Geruda tribe is to gatecrash the wedding day with plans of their own for riches by capturing and holding the Princess hostage, and it’s up to our heroes to train, form an armada of brave men to take the enemy down within two moons, or risk having the Princess violated then killed.
While it’s a film that features an ensemble cast of heroic characters such as the Chinese Admiral Liu Yun and the Roman Prince Marcus, the main protagonist is that of Merong Mahawangsa, whom you can picture as a Captain Jack Sparrow equivalent, minus the comedic banter and attitude, with stronger physique and better fighting skills to boot. A wandering soul himself, his amorous exploits in various lands allowed an opportunity to meet Prince Marcus and his entourage in Goa, where the Prince saves his life from the mob and having Merong promising to take him back to his homeland in Langkasuka where the wedding will be, being late meaning an insult shown to the Chinese emperor. And it becomes a prophecy (as always) fulfilled when Merong makes land, being the chosen one to unite and lead his people to battle against their joint enemy, falling in love in the process and with an added objective to restore the honours of loved ones.
The Blu-Ray comes with a trailer as its sole special feature. Outside of that, you get nothing for a film that really plays as a short epic for people that can’t really follow pseudo alternate histories. The A/V Quality is strong enough with a 1080p transfer that makes the wonders of the Eastern world pop. However, the audio feels flat without any substantial back channel play for heavy action scenes. In the end, I’d recommend a rental.
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