Black Gold


Antonio Banderas leads a Lean-lite epic

Funded by and starring (in widescreen glory) the Gulf state of Qatar, Black Gold is commendable for its good intentions – sympathetically presenting the duel pursuits of wealth and spirituality in ’30s Arabia as oil is discovered.

But this Lean-lite epic fails to strike the good stuff from the get-go with undermining international casting and a leaden script.

So we have Mark Strong and Antonio Banderas (rocking facial topiary and tans) as emirs at odds over oil-rich lands, plus Freida Pinto, Riz Ahmed and Tahar Rahim as their eyelinered rebel kids… and lots of camel-ocide.

Handsome but shallow.

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