I’m not going to say “I wish Hollywood would make movies like this,” because I love a big budget crazy rollercoaster. But I will say that this film had the grace and simplicity of “Into the Wild,” with the beauty and power of “Hero.” It’s the story of how Genghis Khan came to power, from childhood to his unification of Mongolia. I’m not that familiar with this Khan. The one that is blinded by revenge in his quest to hunt Kirk, I know. I know him very well. This true story is incredible. Taken from his village after his father is killed, young Khan has to endure prison, torture and slavery. Every time you think he is free, you are wrong. You see how this kind of a man is created. Despite the savagery of the times, Khan never loses his honor. Honor that was taught to him by his father. It is this honor that helps how and why he strives to unite Mongolia. You see it in his eyes. This Khan is given a three dimensional treatment rather than the single dimension of blood thirsty brute that is often shown. I wish I knew more about Khan’s history because this film felt like a great effort had been made to stay accurate. Like the battle scenes. They all felt accurate, down to the costumes and hairstyles. Again I’m no historian but this seemed real. Shot in China and Kazakhstan it looks like a beautiful film should and features wide sweeping shots of nomadic lands where strength and power are delivered with metal and horses. The child actor who plays a young Genghis Khan is piercing with his blank expressions. The actress who plays his loyal wife will hopefully be seen again. As well as the actor who plays Khan’s blood brother/enemy. All of this combined with haunting music that put me on my seat reaching for my sword. Reaching because a battle was coming and I had to fight. This film is all subtitled and has no recognizable names in it whatsoever. And it is amazing. I wish I had more words to describe how great this film is but, like the film itself I can only offer the suggestion to see it because words might clutter what this film says and shows with very little talking. I don’t feel like I’m making sense. Maybe I am still too mesmerized by the power of this film and its actors to wax poetic about how the cinematography is blah blah blah. Yeah I went to film school. So what? We all should try to make films like this. All actors who think talking and big emotions is acting should watch this film. Watch all that is said with eyes and no words. Much of this is the Mongolian culture of the 12th century and a director who knows how to convey this. See this film in a theater if you can. I know that may be difficult as it has a limited release, but a DVD won’t do it justice. I don’t know, maybe I should shut up. Shut up and forge steel and sable skin coats for the long battles ahead. Palm Strike!