Good cast but lost in the plot. A bit wordy. The movie finished abruptly.
What a cool movie! Women will hate it. There are 2 in the film, one a murderous thieving whore and still it is the other who is threatened with getting her tongue bitten off.
The opening scenes are reminiscent of an Imax film, grand natural vistas shot from helicopter that are breathtaking. They show a stark land in which man has only a toehold, and the rest of the film shows the sort of men it takes to survive there. They are tough, brutal and honourable if not exactly noble. It is a busy film though not a lot is said, action packed in a way that will make any car chase you see thereafter seem even more trite than usual.The action is even part of the plot, part of a sport that is so crucial to the society represented that any competition is by definition a match of physical strength where defeat and death are often synonimous. What dialogue there is has an almost poetic quality, and carries weight and point succinctly. It is disquieting to think that many of the thousands of Afghan extras in the film would be fighting russian soldiers less than a decade later with the skills they display so prominently in this movie. Omar Sharif is good as the lead, but it is Jack Palance who steals the show as his father, a very convincing old man even though he is only 12 years older than Sharif.