TRULY AWFUL. I was pretty excited to see Tahar Rahim on screen again after Un Prophete. However Jean Jacques Annaud's directing was awful. Poor story development, pretty bad acting (though I blame it on the director for Rahim and Mark Strong). Altogether one very expensive flop. (All those camels!) Beyond disappointing.
It's nice to see Tahar Rahim back in lead role after his breakthrough performance in A Prophet. The grand scale of desert epic-ness brought a Lawrence of Arabia nostalgia. Considering it is backed by the Qatar Film Fund, a sense of an ulterior motive behind the film making cannot be avoidable. recommended for anyone interested in the subject of oil politics/ love-hate relationship between Mid East & the west.