Hidalgo (2004)

Unbridled. Unbroken. Unbeaten.

Set in 1890, this is the story of a Pony Express courier who travels to Arabia to compete with his horse, Hidalgo, in a dangerous race for a massive contest prize, in an adventure that sends the pair around the world...

**In an unfamiliar territory, everything's a big challenge.**
The film was inspired by the American legend Frank Hopkins and his horse Hidalgo. They sail across the oceans to the Arabian desert to take part in a race. This adventure tells their new experience in an unknown territory competing with the greatest riders of the region. Alongside a misunderstanding leads to an unexpected confrontation. From there, how they escape and make back to home halfway across the world is the remaining film to disclose.
A different kind of western that takes place in the original timeline of the cowboy culture which is the late 19th century. But the film has only one cowboy, because of where the story sets in. This film came straight after LOTR. Viggo Mortensen was good and his stunts were excellent. The initial parts that commence in America was heartbreaking and I liked the conclusion as well. It reminded me the animation film 'Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron'. Though the film was more about Frank Hopkins and the horse had a good influence on the story as the film title suggests. Long film, but worth it. Surely won't be a waste of time to give it a try.
_7/10_

Touchstone Pictures, Casey Silver Productions, Dune Films by Joe Johnston, John Fusco.
Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Omar Sharif, Zuleikha Robinson, Louise Lombard.

Genres: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, Sport, Western

Keywords: middle east horse race horse racehorse sheik mustang desert pony express 19th century

03/05/2004

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