BLACK GOLD: All that glitters…
Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. Starring Antonio Banderas, Mark Strong, Tahar Rahim, Frieda Pinto. 130 mins.
Rating: Two and a half
In cinemas February 24
THOUGH BEAUTFULLY SHOT, ARABIAN DRAMA FEELS INAUTHENTIC AND DULL
Black Gold is the Freida Pinto of films: timeless, exceptionally pretty, ethnically ambiguous, and as bland as a limp, chain e-mail forwarding, pro-recycling noodle. Set in the 1930s, this Lawrence of Arabia-lite peplum centres on rival emirs Nesib (Antonio Banderas) and Amar (Mark Strong.) As part of a peace treaty, they agree that neither will touch the “Yellow Belt” of land between their Arabian sheikdoms – a treaty that ...