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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12A
Cast
Tahar Rahim
Mark Strong
Antonio Banderas
Freida Pinto
Riz Ahmed
Liya Kebede
Directors
Jean-Jacques Annaud
Screenwriters
Menno Meyjes
Running Time
130 minutes

Black Gold
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Plot
Warring Arab tribal leaders reach an uneasy peace declaring the arid border of their poor kingdoms No Man’s Land, and Amar (Strong) gives his sons to Nesib (Banderas) as hostages/wards. Years later a Texan oil man persuades Nesib to exploit the riches beneath the forbidden zone, igniting a conflict of ideology, religion and love.


Verdict
Ambitious but very tedious and talkatively hackneyed, redeemed just a smidge by the money shots of a swarm of extras on horseback sweeping across the sands.


Reviewed by Angie Errigo

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