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Nomad: The Warrior (2007)

Kuno Becker , Jason Scott Lee , Ivan Passer , Sergey Bodrov  |  R |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kuno Becker, Jason Scott Lee, Jay Hernandez, Doskhan Zholzhaksynov, Ayanat Ksenbai
  • Directors: Ivan Passer, Sergey Bodrov
  • Writers: Rustam Ibragimbekov
  • Producers: David Pomier, Maroussia Morgan, Milos Forman, Pavel Douvidzon, Ram Bergman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Kazakh
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: July 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000P6R9OE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,842 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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A war epic with amazing action. A legendary warrior arises to unite a group of clans against an onslaught of besieging enemy hordes.

Ivan Passer (Cutter's Way) co-directed Nomad: The Warrior, a handsome, sprawling story set in the early 18th century about a real-life descendant of Genghis Khan who is destined to unite Kazakhs tribes against invaders. Mansur (Kuno Becker), the son of a sultan, is foreseen by an oracle-- (Jason Scott Lee), as the leader Kazakhs people have desperately needed to unite disparate peoples against the relentless, conquering Jungars. Trained by Oraz to be both a great warrior and leader, Mansur becomes known as Ablai Khan, a redeemer with seemingly preternatural skills in battle and a destiny to forge what will eventually become Kazakhstan. At the heart of the film is Mansur's lifelong friendship with another young fighter (Jay Hernandez), a young man so loyal he will not speak to Gauhar (Ayana Yesmagambetova) of his love for her, knowing Mansur loves her, too. (Mansur says nothing to her about his feelings, either, out of respect for his friend.) Nomad's widescreen action is full of impressive horsemanship, swordplay, and terrific stunts. But it's the film's obvious sense of pride in its historically-based story about the creation of a united people that ultimately proves moving. --Tom Keogh

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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An epic in every sense of the word July 22, 2007
When the only other Kazakhi film on people's minds this year is a Jackass-style pseduo-documentary comedy about a bumbling Kazakhi reporter named Borat, it's probably hard to get people interested in a Kazakhi war epic. Much less one with subtitles. Especially when the cover makes it look like a 300 knockoff or a Gladiator wannabe. But Nomad: The Warrior stands on its own as a sprawling desert landscaped, bloody battlefield epic piece of cinema.

Mostly set in Kazakhstan in 1710, Nomad follows the story of a young man who is born to fulfill the prophecy of uniting the three warring sects of his country to rid themselves of their violent enemies once and for all. Spanning over 30 years, the film never flinches as it uncovers intense hardcore battle sequences staged with Braveheart-esque grandiosity. Heads will roll and warriors will run screaming and flaming off camera, all under the watchful eyes of directors Sergei Bodrov and Ivan Passer. The washed out desert landscapes are reminiscent of Gladiator, and while the story itself never reaches the true epic magnificence of the Ridley Scott movie, Nomad does manage to come close, lacking the singular vision and unique story to truly find its place among the famous period epics.

Each character here has been powerfully created by this strong multi-cultural cast. Kuno Becker (Goal!, Goal II, Goal!3) stars as Mansur, the prophetic warrior of the title. With his mouth set in a grim line he travels from battlefield to battlefield hardly flinching at the various attacks launched against him. As an almost unbeatable warrior, Mansur has the training and determination to rival any warrior in recent cinematic history. And Nomad: The Warrior has the film clips to prove it.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, simple June 27, 2008
A beautiful film with a straight forward and sufficient plot. There was even something endearingly sweet and charming about it despite all the fighting.

Thanks for a hero who is strong and is just a nice guy with inner strength and warrior skills and does not have to rub our face in it with bluster and swagger! These visual cliches could have worked too, but it has been done countless times by John Wayne, Bruce Willis, etc. Becker was a refreshing alternative that worked for me given the script. His people had been waiting for a prophesied warrior-leader -- and he was up to his destiny without having to be theatrically charismatic. In fact he was raised learning to conceal his identity and destiny and that helped make his modesty and quiet strength work for me. Of course the deviation from warrior-hero stereotypes and uncomplicated script also offered fresh meat for the critics who apparently expected it to be in competition with other epics and used them as standards.

I don't think the film was over-dramatized or that the blood was gratuitous and this may disappoint some viewers. I am glad that I took some negative reviews with a grain of salt. No, it was not sensational Hollywood or Eisenstein and did not knock me off my feet, but there are lots of standards and various ways in which films can be good.

I googled "kazakhstan mansur" and found interesting comments on the book by Ilyas Yesenberlin and on the film and on the actual historical figure. Not every historical "epic" makes me spend time to learn more about a remote country!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nomad: The Warrior October 1, 2007
I really liked this movie. One because I am history buff and an epic fighter movie fan as well. This is entertainment with a good source of pride and nationlism for their country "feel" Is it perfect? No, but it does have enough sword play and horse scenes to entice any action appreciation watcher. The pass on a horse through a column of arrows is impressive and nerve racking. Some say this is low budget, I think not, and while it is not a Scott Ridley film, it is worth a see and I bought the DVD because I don't go off what a cover looks like, I go for content. I lucked out on this one. Ask yourself this? Did you want to research the topic more? Where the swordfights impressive? Could you do them? If this movie truly stunk, I would say so, it is far from that, and I really like it. Enough said.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!! September 10, 2007
I am no expert on the history of Kazhiistan, but, I loved this movie. Fast paced classic story of honor, idealism, and prophecy. Excellent acting, writing, photography. Intriguing, much action, and they chose to do some gruesome killing(not all) offscreen- letting our imagination fill in details(as in past movies)which was just fine and did not ruin the movie, actually allowed us to use our brains. This was a great story, and very well done, not superficial like many American movies.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Prophecy Movie August 17, 2007
Great Prophecy and Destiny Movie. The action and the story line left me in suspense on how he would fulfil his destiny. I am studying Mythology and Messiahs, and this film delivers an epic storyline that really fits together.

Astrology buffs will appreciate the movie, on how you create destiny if you believe in the stars.

Christians will be reminded on how Herod wanted the baby boys killed when he knew a Messiah was born.

The battle scenes were intense and so realistic that you think you are viewing it back in time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 days ago by Tony D. Finch
2.0 out of 5 stars Casting not the best as some characters seem out of place
Linear story line. Casting not the best as some characters seem out of place. Not as good as Sergei's other movie, Mongol. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Scott C Ngov
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad Choice
I purchased this for my grandson, age 10, and it was a mistake. He watched perhaps 10 or 15 minutes and turned it off. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Hans Dieter Wulf
5.0 out of 5 stars Advanturous
Liked it a whole lot. Was done gracefully. Acting, ambiance and story were all great. If you want to see quality action movie you are in for a few hours of joy!
Published 12 months ago by Blue Bell
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing to Rave about
The movie has it's moments, not many, a few. The subtitles are fairly decent, the actors looks real enough from where they came.
Published 15 months ago by Mae Tinee
3.0 out of 5 stars A good way to go to sleep
It may be me, but it spent far too much time with the wrong aspects of Mongol life and skippped the more fascinating facts and what should have been shown.
Published 16 months ago by james
3.0 out of 5 stars Almost There
I gave this 3 stars(rounded down from 3˝). This was a film with great potential. It had beautiful costumes, scenery, good development of the characters, and good action sequences... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Paul A. Marsh
4.0 out of 5 stars Good action movie
Good story, acting and action. The costumes and setting were well done and good fighting seens. Glad I bought this DVD.
Published on January 11, 2012 by Sooner Man
2.0 out of 5 stars See what happens when you give Kazakhstanis a camera!!
NOMAD (THE WARRIOR) - (a/k/a NOMAD: THE WARRIOR, 2004, released 2006) - is one of the weirdest films I've ever encountered. I suppose it ought to be since it is a Kazakhstani film. Read more
Published on October 11, 2011 by E. Hernandez
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting film
This isn't a film for everyone, and if you're expecting awesome battle scenes and tons of effects you are going to be disappointed. Read more
Published on April 27, 2011 by Amazon Customer
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