The Warrior... <i>Nomad</i>.
The Warrior... <i>Nomad</i>.


You know you're in a bit of a quandary when the most visible icon of your country is the fictional tele-journalist Borat. Cue the Kazakhstan-set, sword-and-sandal-cribbing films of the director Sergei Bodrov (here working with the Czech new wave alumnus Ivan Passer), which attempt to redress what Sacha Baron Cohen's broad comedy undid. Nomad, in particular, is intended as an epic of a nation, dashing through the rough outlines of Kazakhstan's history at breakneck speed. As Baz Luhrmann's Australia also recently proved, this sort of film rarely lives up to its bombastic billing. The mystic warrior Oraz (Jason Scott Lee) informs a sultan that his newborn son has been "chosen by the star" to topple the oppressive Jungar rule and unify the people. The boy is raised, along with youths from each of the other tribes, to become a mighty fighter capable of defeating their despotic leader, Galdan Ceren (Doskhan Zholzhaksynov). Granted a DVD release after the Oscar nomination and strong box office return for Bodrov's follow-up, Mongol, this 2005 feature aims for old-school spectacle in the mould of Akira Kurosawa's Ran. But Kurosawa's battle sequences are thrilling because of the human context that frames them. Here, the inept pacing means you'll lose all interest by the time the climactic battle to unite the tribes occurs. That Nomad is retro is not the problem; that it is tedious is.

Virtuzone GCC Sixes

Date and venue Friday and Saturday, ICC Academy, Dubai Sports City

Time Matches start at 9am


A Blighty Ducks, Darjeeling Colts, Darjeeling Social, Dubai Wombats; B Darjeeling Veterans, Kuwait Casuals, Loose Cannons, Savannah Lions; Awali Taverners, Darjeeling, Dromedary, Darjeeling Good Eggs


5pm: Maiden (PA) | Dh80,000 | 1,200 metres

Winner: Jabalini, Szczepan Mazur (jockey), Younis Kalbani (trainer)

5.30pm: UAE Arabian Derby (PA) | Prestige | Dh150,000 | 2,200m

Winner: Octave, Gerald Avranche, Abdallah Al Hammadi

6pm: Arabian Triple Crown Round 3 (PA) | Group 3 Dh300,000 | 2,200m

Winner: Harrab, Richard Mullen, Mohamed Ali

6.30pm: Emirates Championship (PA) | Group 1 | Dh1million | 2,200m

Winner: BF Mughader, Szczepan Mazur, Younis Al Kalbani

7pm: Abu Dhabi Championship (TB) | Group 3 | Dh380,000 | 2,200m

Winner: GM Hopkins, Patrick Cosgrave, Jaber Ramadhan

7.30pm: Wathba Stallions Cup (PA) | Conditions | Dh70,000 | 1,600m

Winner: AF La’Asae, Tadhg O’Shea, Ernst Oertel


Starring: Lupita Nyong'o, Joseph Quinn, Djimon Hounsou

Director: Michael Sarnoski

Rating: 4/5

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Points classification after Stage 4

1. Arnaud Demare (France / FDJ) 124

2. Marcel Kittel (Germany / Quick-Step) 81

3. Michael Matthews (Australia / Sunweb) 66

4. Andre Greipel (Germany / Lotto) 63

5. Alexander Kristoff (Norway / Katusha) 43

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