Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Black Gold (2011) - Drama

Black Gold (2011) - GOOD MOVIE

  The title of this film misleadingly gives the impression that it is going to be about oil. It is not. Even though it is set against the background of the Arab nations as emerging gold producers, it is actually about resistance to, and embracing of, change, as embodied in the leadership of two tribes at odds over an area of oil bearing land, and the son of one of the leaders who is caught up in the middle. It is a sprawling epic, with some stunning visuals of desert and battles, but it never really captures a sense of grandeur or significance. It also addresses to the difference between traditionalists and modernisers.
  This film holds the attention throughout its 130 minutes, but doesn't leave much of a mark afterwards. 

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