Shekhar Kapur was onto something when he opted to remake this period chestnut – about fraidycat British soldier Harry Feversham (Ledger), who goes undercover in Sudan – as a critique of colonialism. Unfortunately, it’s a trick the director can’t quite pull off: As Feversham loses himself, the movie loses its coherence; by the time we’re back in Old Blighty, the message is so muddled it’s hard to care about colonialism, conquest, or the tepid love story anchored by a badly miscast Hudson.
Genre: Drama, War; Starring: Kate Hudson, Heath Ledger, Wes Bentley, Djimon Hounsou, Laila Rouass, Michael Sheen; Director: Shekhar Kapur; Author: Hossein Arnini; Release Date Wide: 09/20/2002; Runtime (in minutes): 130; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: Miramax, Paramount Pictures
Posted February 21 2003 — 12:00 AM EST
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