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  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier [DVD] Captain America: The Winter Soldier | DVD | (18/08/2014) from £9.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    After the Cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers Marvel's 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' finds Steve Rogers aka Captain America living quietly in Washington D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.E.I.L.D colleague comes under attack. Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy to while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally The Falcon. However they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy - the Winter Soldier. Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series first published in 1941 Marvel's 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' is produced by Kevin Feige directed by Anthony and Joe Russo from a screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and stars Chris Evans Scarlett Johansson Sebastian Stan Anthony Mackie Cobie Smulders Frank Grillo Emily VanCamp and Hayley Atwell with Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce and Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury.

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray] [Region Free] Captain America: The Winter Soldier | Blu Ray | (18/08/2014) from £17.00  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    After the Cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers Marvel's 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' finds Steve Rogers aka Captain America living quietly in Washington D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.E.I.L.D colleague comes under attack. Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy to while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally The Falcon. However they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy - the Winter Soldier. Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series first published in 1941 Marvel's 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' is produced by Kevin Feige directed by Anthony and Joe Russo from a screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and stars Chris Evans Scarlett Johansson Sebastian Stan Anthony Mackie Cobie Smulders Frank Grillo Emily VanCamp and Hayley Atwell with Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce and Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury.

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier [Blu-ray] [Region Free] Captain America: The Winter Soldier | Blu Ray | (18/08/2014) from £14.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    After the Cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers Marvel's 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' finds Steve Rogers aka Captain America living quietly in Washington D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.E.I.L.D colleague comes under attack. Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy to while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally The Falcon. However they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy - the Winter Soldier. Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series first published in 1941 Marvel's 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' is produced by Kevin Feige directed by Anthony and Joe Russo from a screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and stars Chris Evans Scarlett Johansson Sebastian Stan Anthony Mackie Cobie Smulders Frank Grillo Emily VanCamp and Hayley Atwell with Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce and Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury.

  • Captain America/Captain America: The Winter Soldier Double Pack [Blu-ray] Captain America/Captain America: The Winter Soldier Double Pack | Blu Ray | (18/08/2014) from £19.00  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Captain America: The First AvengerCaptain America leads the fight for freedom in the action-packed blockbuster starring Chris Evans as the ultimate weapon against evil! When a terrifying force threatens everyone across the globe the world's greatest soldier wages war on the evil HYDRA organization led by the villainous Red Skull (Hugo Weaving The Matrix). Critics and audiences alike salute Captain America: The First Avenger as the best superhero movie of the year (Box Office Magazine). Captain America: The Winter SoldierAfter the Cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers Marvel's 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' finds Steve Rogers aka Captain America living quietly in Washington D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.E.I.L.D colleague comes under attack. Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy to while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally The Falcon. However they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy - the Winter Soldier. Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series first published in 1941 Marvel's 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' is produced by Kevin Feige directed by Anthony and Joe Russo from a screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and stars Chris Evans Scarlett Johansson Sebastian Stan Anthony Mackie Cobie Smulders Frank Grillo Emily VanCamp and Hayley Atwell with Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce and Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury.

  • Pain & Gain [DVD] Pain & Gain | DVD | (23/12/2013) from £5.00  |  Saving you £14.99 (75.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Michael Bay's hilarious action comedy Pain and Gain is GoodFellas on steroids. When an ambitious group of personal trainers (Mark Wahlberg Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie) decide to chase the American Dream they get caught up in a criminal enterprise that goes horribly wrong. Now living large will take everything they've got in the unbelievable true story that critics are calling hilarious smart clever and fresh.

  • The Fifth Estate [DVD] The Fifth Estate | DVD | (17/02/2014) from £5.48  |  Saving you £14.51 (72.60%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The Fifth Estate is the thrilling and dramatic true story of WikiLeaks. Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) team up to become underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful soon developing into an organisation shining a light on government secrets and corporate crimes across the globe. As WikiLeaks becomes increasingly influential so the stakes are raised asking what are the costs of keeping secrets in a free society and what is the price of exposing them?

  • Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter - Limited Edition Steelbook [Blu-ray] Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter - Limited Edition Steelbook | Blu Ray | (07/10/2013) from £8.56  |  Saving you £11.43 (57.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Many 2012 genre movies have developed a worrisome postmodern tic, often rushing to point out their own ridiculousness before the audience even gets a chance to get swept up and taken in. The historical monster mash Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter is profoundly silly--even sillier, possibly, than the title suggests--but it conducts itself with an admirably straight face. Seth Grahame-Smith's script (based on his own novel) finds the Young Mr. Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) set on a path of righteous vengeance after watching his mother get fatally fanged. As he studies the law and woos the ravishing Mary Todd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) by day, the nights find him throwing down with an unending army of the undead. When he discovers the plot of a master vampire (the excellently dry Rufus Sewell) to conquer the United States, he makes the fateful decision to throw his hat (and silver-bladed axe) into the ring of national politics. Director Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, the Night Watch series) brings a wide-eyed fervour to the material, offering tantalising hints of a larger mythology while also glorying in the wonky kineticism of the plentiful action sequences. (He's aided in his mission by legendary cinematographer Caleb Deschanel, who gives the images an old-timey View-Master texture.) Scholars of the historical record may well develop the vapours, but for susceptible viewers, the film's wink-free approach and exceedingly game performers make it frightfully easy to sit back, switch off, and bask in its poker-faced outrageousness. Many movies have had somebody thrown by a horse; this movie has a bad guy pick up a horse and throw it at the hero. Brothers and sisters, there is a difference. --Andrew Wright

  • The Hurt Locker [DVD] [2008] The Hurt Locker | DVD | (28/12/2009) from £2.09  |  Saving you £17.12 (85.60%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter (DVD + Digital Copy) Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter (DVD + Digital Copy) | DVD | (22/10/2012) from £3.00  |  Saving you £16.99 (85.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Many 2012 genre movies have developed a worrisome postmodern tic, often rushing to point out their own ridiculousness before the audience even gets a chance to get swept up and taken in. The historical monster mash Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter is profoundly silly--even sillier, possibly, than the title suggests--but it conducts itself with an admirably straight face. Seth Grahame-Smith's script (based on his own novel) finds the Young Mr. Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) set on a path of righteous vengeance after watching his mother get fatally fanged. As he studies the law and woos the ravishing Mary Todd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) by day, the nights find him throwing down with an unending army of the undead. When he discovers the plot of a master vampire (the excellently dry Rufus Sewell) to conquer the United States, he makes the fateful decision to throw his hat (and silver-bladed axe) into the ring of national politics. Director Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, the Night Watch series) brings a wide-eyed fervour to the material, offering tantalising hints of a larger mythology while also glorying in the wonky kineticism of the plentiful action sequences. (He's aided in his mission by legendary cinematographer Caleb Deschanel, who gives the images an old-timey View-Master texture.) Scholars of the historical record may well develop the vapours, but for susceptible viewers, the film's wink-free approach and exceedingly game performers make it frightfully easy to sit back, switch off, and bask in its poker-faced outrageousness. Many movies have had somebody thrown by a horse; this movie has a bad guy pick up a horse and throw it at the hero. Brothers and sisters, there is a difference. --Andrew Wright

  • The Fifth Estate [Blu-ray] The Fifth Estate | Blu Ray | (17/02/2014) from £7.89  |  Saving you £17.10 (68.40%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The Fifth Estate is the thrilling and dramatic true story of WikiLeaks. Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) team up to become underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful soon developing into an organisation shining a light on government secrets and corporate crimes across the globe. As WikiLeaks becomes increasingly influential so the stakes are raised asking what are the costs of keeping secrets in a free society and what is the price of exposing them?

  • Pain & Gain [Blu-ray] [Region Free] Pain & Gain | Blu Ray | (23/12/2013) from £7.99  |  Saving you £19.00 (70.40%)  |  RRP £26.99

    Michael Bay's hilarious action comedy Pain and Gain is GoodFellas on steroids. When an ambitious group of personal trainers (Mark Wahlberg Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie) decide to chase the American Dream they get caught up in a criminal enterprise that goes horribly wrong. Now living large will take everything they've got in the unbelievable true story that critics are calling hilarious smart clever and fresh.

  • Man on a Ledge [DVD] Man on a Ledge | DVD | (11/06/2012) from £3.49  |  Saving you £16.50 (82.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A well-cast thriller with style to burn, Man on a Ledge can't quite decide if it wants to be a hairpin Hitchcockian exercise in suspense, or a more linear action movie. The script by Pablo F. Fenjves promisingly wastes little time in getting the two nouns of the title together, with the opening scene depicting a mysterious man (Sam Worthington) checking into a swank New York hotel, ordering an expensive meal, and then stepping out of his window for a stroll. But why the choice of this building, in particular? Or his specific request for a boozily disgraced negotiator (Elizabeth Banks) to talk him back inside? And what's with the clumsy couple attempting to break into the office across the street? All will be revealed, rather unusually quickly. To his credit, director Asger Leth (a former documentarian) does manage to capture some of the city-as-an-organic-entity vibe that powered such seminal NY films as Dog Day Afternoon and The Taking of Pelham 123. Unfortunately, his gritty sense of style ultimately can't do much with the increasingly straightforward plot, which telegraphs its curves way in advance. Still, if the narrative shortcomings keep the film from being top-notch escapism, the actors compensate for a lot, beginning with the palpable chemistry between Worthington and Banks and continuing with a wonder of a supporting cast, including Ed Burns as a disgruntled cop, The Hurt Locker's exceptional Anthony Mackie as an investigating officer with ties to the main character, and especially Ed Harris, as a gazillionaire real estate tycoon who takes visible joy in crushing the spirits of his underlings. If you've ever wondered what Scrooge McDuck would look like in human form, here you go. --Andrew Wright

  • Notorious [DVD] [2009] Notorious | DVD | (22/06/2009) from £4.49  |  Saving you £15.50 (77.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Notorious charts the remarkable rise of Christopher The Notorious B.I.G. Wallace - who in just a few short years shot from th etough streets of Brooklyn to the heights of hip hop legend. Peeling back his mythic image eleven years after his tragic death Notorious reveals the tumultuous and all-too-brief journey of a blazingly talented fiercely determined young man whose unforgettable rap stories of inner city street life with their raw truth and vivid rhymes became emblamatic of a whole generation's brutal reality and its dreams of escaping it for something bigger. The story follows the young Biggie (portrayed by Wallace's real-life son Christopher Jordan Wallace as a youngster and Brooklyn rapper Jamal Woolard as an adult) from his surprising youth as a Catholic school honour student whose proud mother (Angel Bassett) tries to keep him off the street corners to his years as a tough teenage drug dealer and then to his life-changing move into young fatherhood as his girlfriend Jan (Julia Pace Mitchell) gives birth to his daughter prompting him to go on a mission to provide for his child by any means - legal or not. But everything changes when a freestyle rap tape that Biggie created just for fun ends up with B.I.G. Daddy Kane's DJ Mister Cee (Edwin Freeman) and eventually in the hands of ambitious rap impressario Sean Puffy Combs (Derek Luke) whose marketing savvy and production genius transform Biggie into a cultural sensation almost overnight. Now with his career taking off into superstar territory Biggie finds himself with mo' money mo' problems and is under all kinds of new pressures. His managers Wayne Barrow (C. Malik Whitfield) and Mark Pitts (Kevin Phillip) attempt to keep the young man's feet on the ground and mind in the studio as he juggles the demands of recording fatherhood and marriage to fellow Bad Boy artist Faith Evans (Antonique Smith) not to mention his complicated friendship with fellow Junior M.A.F.I.A. member Kimberly Lil' Kim Jones (Naturi Naughton) and the increasingly heated rivalry with West Coast rapper Tupac Shakur (Anthony Mackie). But just as Biggie starts to come into true manhood and solidify his musical legacy as the true creator of one of hip-hop's gretest bodies of work fate has other plans.

  • The Adjustment Bureau [DVD] The Adjustment Bureau | DVD | (04/07/2011) from £3.00  |  Saving you £16.99 (85.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Do we control our destiny or do unseen forces manipulate us? Matt Damon stars in the thriller The Adjustment Bureau as a man who glimpses the future Fate has planned for him and realizes he wants something else. To get it he must pursue the only woman he's ever loved across under and through the streets of modern-day New York. On the brink of winning a seat in the U.S. Senate ambitious politician David Norris (Damon) meets beautiful contemporary ballet dancer Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt)-a woman like none he's ever known. But just as he realizes he's falling for her mysterious men conspire to keep the two apart. David learns he is up against the agents of Fate itself-the men of The Adjustment Bureau - who will do everything in their considerable power to prevent David and Elise from being together. In the face of overwhelming odds he must either let her go and accept a predetermined path...or risk everything to defy Fate and be with her. The Adjustment Bureau is written for the screen and directed by George Nolfi (writer of Ocean's Twelve co-writer of The Bourne Ultimatum). It is based on a short story by Philip K. Dick (Total Recall Minority Report and Blade Runner).

  • Runner, Runner [DVD] Runner, Runner | DVD | (03/02/2014) from £5.50  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    When a poor college student who cracks an online poker game goes bust he arranges a face-to-face with the man he thinks cheated him a sly offshore entrepreneur... Combining an all-star cast (Justin Timberlake Ben Affleck and Gemma Arterton) produced by Leonardo DiCaprio all set against a beautiful Costa Rican setting - Runner Runner is the ultimate sexy dangerous and alluring thriller!

  • Half Nelson [2006] Half Nelson | DVD | (24/09/2007) from £4.70  |  Saving you £3.29 (41.20%)  |  RRP £7.99

    Dan Dunne (Ryan Gosling) is a young inner-city junior high school teacher whose ideals wither and die in the face of reality. Day after day in his shabby Brooklyn classroom he somehow finds the energy to inspire his 13 and 14-year-olds to examine everything from civil rights to the Civil War with a new enthusiasm. Rejecting the standard curriculum in favor of an edgier approach Dan teaches his students how change works - on both a historical and personal scale - and how to think for

  • Captain America/Captain America: The Winter Soldier Double Pack [DVD] Captain America/Captain America: The Winter Soldier Double Pack | DVD | (18/08/2014) from £15.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Captain America: The First AvengerCaptain America leads the fight for freedom in the action-packed blockbuster starring Chris Evans as the ultimate weapon against evil! When a terrifying force threatens everyone across the globe the world's greatest soldier wages war on the evil HYDRA organization led by the villainous Red Skull (Hugo Weaving The Matrix). Critics and audiences alike salute Captain America: The First Avenger as the best superhero movie of the year (Box Office Magazine). Captain America: The Winter SoldierAfter the Cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers Marvel's 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' finds Steve Rogers aka Captain America living quietly in Washington D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.E.I.L.D colleague comes under attack. Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy to while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally The Falcon. However they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy - the Winter Soldier. Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series first published in 1941 Marvel's 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' is produced by Kevin Feige directed by Anthony and Joe Russo from a screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and stars Chris Evans Scarlett Johansson Sebastian Stan Anthony Mackie Cobie Smulders Frank Grillo Emily VanCamp and Hayley Atwell with Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce and Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury.

  • The Hurt Locker [Blu-ray] [2008] The Hurt Locker | Blu Ray | (28/12/2009) from £5.35  |  Saving you £19.64 (78.60%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The Hurt Locker presents an intense and unflinching portrayal of elite soldiers who have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world: disarming bombs in the heat of combat. When a new sergeant James takes over a highly trained bomb disposal team amidst violent conflict he surprises his two subordinates Sanborn and Eldridge by recklessly plunging them into a deadly game of urban combat. James behaves as if he's indifferent to death. As the men struggle to control their wild new leader the city explodes into chaos and James' true character reveals itself in a way that will change each man forever. Winner of the BAFTA Awards for Best Film Best Director Best Original Screenplay Best Cinematography Best Editing and Best Sound. Winner of the Academy Awards for Best Picture Best Director (Kathryn Bigelow) Best Screenplay Best Editing Best Sound Mixing & Best Sound Editing. Play.com Review One of the best films of 2009 The Hurt Locker bears similarities to David Simon and Ed Burns' Generation Kill in its non-judgemental depiction of military life and the motivations of soldiers. It's a complicated and sometimes uncomfortable look into a world in which most of us will never get closer to than on our TV screens. The fact is some soldiers for one reason or another like the thrill of war. Sgt. James (charismatically played by James Renner - 28 Weeks Later) is one such soldier. Not one to do things by the book James is right at the centre of this devastating action film. Unhinged but not without his demons James regularly comes into conflict with his new teammates: the aspirational but conventional Sgt. Sanborn (Anthony Mackie - Notorious) and rabbit in the headlights Spc. Eldridge (Brian Geraghty - The Guardian). The proverbial 'hurt locker' is one they barely keep shut. There's a job to be done even if it does draw them closer to hell with each passing moment. Film buffs will be pleased to learn that The Hurt Locker features sterling cameos from Guy Pearce (The Road) David Morse (16 Blocks) and Ralph Fiennes (briefly reunited with his Strange Days director). Bigelow knows her action as Point Break K-19: The Widowmaker and Near Dark fans will testify and here she has created a battleground where even the camera is nervous - danger even when it doesn't come feels like it's everywhere. Moving through a series increasingly fraught bomb disposals the movie presents an apolitical view of soldiering that whilst not being unique to the genre (Kubrick's Paths Of Glory Coppola's Apocalypse Now and Fuller's The Big Red One) captures a chaos and intensity seldom seen elsewhere. It's refreshing to watch a war film that doesn't preach endlessly about the nature of war but shows you enough horror for you to make up your own mind. Overall we can't urge you strongly enough to open The Hurt Locker and experience this masterpiece from a master director - it's an experience you will not forget in a hurry.

  • Eagle Eye [Blu-ray] [2008] Eagle Eye | Blu Ray | (16/03/2009) from £6.99  |  Saving you £18.00 (72.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The "cell phone thriller" is becoming a genre unto itself, and Eagle Eye should be considered a key example of the form. Frankly preposterous but compulsively watchable, this movie puts Shia LaBeouf in a mess of trouble instigated by a mysterious telephone voice. If he doesn't follow orders, dire things will happen--although when he does follow orders, the consequences are pretty dire, anyway. Also being blackmailed is a single mom (Michelle Monaghan) receiving similar phone calls. Why are they being jerked around by the purring female voice, and why is the road leading to Washington, D.C.? Actually, you won't have time to contemplate these questions, because director D.J. Caruso (who guided LaBeouf in Disturbia) keeps the action going at the customary breakneck pace. This is a wise move, because the real questions you'd likely be asking have to do with the plausibility of events on a minute-by-minute basis (most notably: how could Mysterious Phone Voice possibly know that the two pigeons would survive the hoops she makes them fly through, each one more death-defying than the last?). The actors tumble through this mayhem like scattering bowling pins, including Billy Bob Thornton and Rosario Dawson as government agents. Nobody has time to make much of an impression, and LaBeouf has much less room for puppydog charm than he did in Disturbia. Even that would be all right within the movie's berserk parameters, but the really irritating thing is the way the tacked-on final scenes reverse what would have been a heroic climax. No guts, no glory. --Robert Horton

  • Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray) Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (25/02/2013) from £12.99  |  Saving you £17.00 (56.70%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Many 2012 genre movies have developed a worrisome postmodern tic, often rushing to point out their own ridiculousness before the audience even gets a chance to get swept up and taken in. The historical monster mash Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter is profoundly silly--even sillier, possibly, than the title suggests--but it conducts itself with an admirably straight face. Seth Grahame-Smith's script (based on his own novel) finds the Young Mr. Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) set on a path of righteous vengeance after watching his mother get fatally fanged. As he studies the law and woos the ravishing Mary Todd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) by day, the nights find him throwing down with an unending army of the undead. When he discovers the plot of a master vampire (the excellently dry Rufus Sewell) to conquer the United States, he makes the fateful decision to throw his hat (and silver-bladed axe) into the ring of national politics. Director Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, the Night Watch series) brings a wide-eyed fervour to the material, offering tantalising hints of a larger mythology while also glorying in the wonky kineticism of the plentiful action sequences. (He's aided in his mission by legendary cinematographer Caleb Deschanel, who gives the images an old-timey View-Master texture.) Scholars of the historical record may well develop the vapours, but for susceptible viewers, the film's wink-free approach and exceedingly game performers make it frightfully easy to sit back, switch off, and bask in its poker-faced outrageousness. Many movies have had somebody thrown by a horse; this movie has a bad guy pick up a horse and throw it at the hero. Brothers and sisters, there is a difference. --Andrew Wright

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