THE PLOT THUS FAR
It is the word “horde” that had meant, for many countries and nations, bloody raids and being under humilating contribution for centuries – a strange and scary world with its own rules and customs. To be or not to be for Rus (Ruthenia), that is the price of the one-man mission as he is departing to this world to accomplish a feat. The film tells the story of how Saint Alexius, the Metropolitan of Moscow and Wonderworker of All Russia, healed the Tatar Queen Taidula, Jani-Beg’s mother, from blindness, in 1357.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“The Horde” wants to show the proper Historical scope for the rise of the Mongols and the Russian Expansion. Playing around with both cultures, we get a look at ancient history that rarely is touched upon in the Western World. One can say that it whitewashes a lot of what happened back then. Honestly, I see it for being an anti-grandiose performance. Sort of an Anti-“Mongol”.
There are so much historical sources about how Russian were killed in a most cruel ways, thousands of them, families and towns. There was almost no life at all, how you expect all this feelings in every soul – fear and anger – to be shown? And yes, it the almost beginning of Christianity in Russia, with all passion and exaggеration, but also with all self-sаcrifice, specific for the period.
The DVD comes with no special features other than the trailer. The transfer is pretty sharp, even if it’s a world cinema mix in standard definition. The Dolby 5.1 audio track is sharp enough for what’s available. Still, it works. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to foreign film fans.
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