Jerusalem, The late 12th century. The Christians occupy the city as the capital of their young crusader state; the Islamic Saracens want it back. As the teetering truce between them finally falters and war begins, a young knight named Balian (Bloom), striving to hold onto to his principals, steps into the breach. He finds it is a struggle that will test everything he stands for.
It's so gorgeous you'll forgive it a lot, but this is a frustratingly thin epic. You're left wanting more exposition, more character development, the tidying up of loose ends. Is there a much better, longer film that's been denied us?
Reviewed by Ian Nathan
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