Duration: 160 min.
Rating stars: 8.3 out of 10 Stars.
Released date: September 6, 2012 (Egypt).
Director: Faruk Aksoy.
Written by : Atilla Engin , Irfan Saruhan.
The movie is talking about Turkey in 1453 which was an important historical period where the conquest of Constantinople by the Ottoman Turks in the reign of Sultan Mehmet II after the occupation of the Byzantine Empire.
The 1453 fall of Constantinople, legend has it, was foretold by Muhammad. So the movie begins with the announcement of Islam's prophet - not actually shown, since that would be blasphemous - that the Orthodox Christian city will fall. It's left to young Sultan Mehmet II (Devrim Evin), a classic overachiever, to fulfill the prediction some 800 years later.
"Fetih 1453" was cut by 25 minutes for American release, but there are still plenty of preliminaries. Relying heavily on CGI, director Faruk Aksoy swoops from Mehmet's court to Constantinople, Genoa, the Vatican and other grand places, introducing the political powers that support or,, more likely, oppose the sultan's ambitions. When the locale is Christian, the filmmakers helpfully emblazon just about every piece of clothing and furniture with a cross.
The combat scenes that rouse the last third of the movie employ thousands of people (or their digital avatars). But, like most such epics, "Fetih 1453" focuses on just a few players. In addition to Mehmet, there's his friend and sword-fighting coach Hasan (Ibrahim Celikkol), an exemplary warrior who's guaranteed the spotlight during the final battle.
I think these kind of historical movies have to be done by the ones who know the history. Lets say nothing about the script, acting and costumes.. But one of the most important thing about the Ottoman culture was forgotten. Where is the Mehteran ? ( the Ottoman war band). I was hoping to hear the encouraging attack song at the battlefield, we just heard the European neoclassic ambient songs instead. Just awful. Disappointing.
Someone should make an another film about the conquest which had closed an age in order to make us forgot this incapability. Turkish people are waiting this film for decades, the answer should not be this. This should be a kidding i think, if not i am wondering also supposing that the producer should have thought that Turkish people just deserve this, nothing more.
Reviewd by: Riham Adel