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Sunday, May 16, 2010

♦ Top 10 Historical Movies – part 2 ♦

5. Munich (2005)


The story is about the 1976 Olympics in Munich wherein some Israeli participants were kidnapped and killed. We follow the person from Israeli intelligence who has been sent to kill those responsible for the tragedy. We see the struggles of this person, played by Eric Bana, as he goes about accomplishing his tasks. We get to see the difficulties he faced and the moral struggle he has with what he has to do. The story is about an ordinary person who has to do extraordinary things but not all of it is good. It is definitely a very tragic story. It is also based on a true story.

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4. The Last King Of Scotland (2006)


The Last King of Scotland is about Dr. Nicholas Garrigan, a newly qualified doctor who decides to go to Africa to practice medicine on a gap year. He arrives during the uprising of Idi Amin who takes a liking of him because he is Scottish. He soon becomes a friend and advisor to Amin before things start going awry. Dr Garrigan takes a fancy to one of Amins wives and later he realises the seriousness he has got himself into when his passport is removed and he has to remain in Uganda almost as a pet of the great leader who seems to becoming more deranged by the day.

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3. Kingdom Of Heaven (2005)


"Kingdom of Heaven" is a wonderfully ironic epic movie about a common man, a blacksmith, that goes to Jerusaleum during the crusades. He pledges his loyalty to the king and falls in love with the king's married sister. When the king dies and the sister's husband comes into power, the Holy Land is thrown into a battle for Jerusaleum. The Islamic forces obliterate the new king's army and then march on the fortress-like city. The blacksmith, Balian of Ibelin, rises to the occasion, taking command of the common man. He uses techniques learned from his father, his friends and his enemies to successfully defend the city during the siege.

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2. Gladiator (2000)


The protagonist Maximus, played by Russell Crowe, is a general of the Roman army. While in Germania, the emperor's son, Commodus commits patricide. After failing to pledge allegiance to the new emperor, Maximus is outcast and sent out to be executed. Following a failed execution attempt, he becomes of a slave. Maximus' family is murdered.After becoming a slave, he fights in gladiatorial matches in the distant outreaches of the Roman Empire. His skill in battle eventually leads him back to Rome, where he re-encounters his nemesis, the emperor. Bloody battles are set up where Maximus and other gladiators are outnumbered. However, despite the overwhelming odds, Maximus wins his matches. The emperor, now furious in his failure to kill the fallen general, decides to fight Maximus in the Coliseum. Commodus fixes the match by stabbing Maximus before the fight. Nonetheless, Maximus' skill in battle is too much for Commodus.

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1. Braveheart (1995)


Braveheart is a story of revenge, at first, but it quickly becomes the story of a person who teaches an entire nation to stand up for itself. William Wallace (Gibson) was deeply in love with his wife who he married in secret. After a cruel tragedy, Wallace has no choice but to avenge her death. As he heads down this path, the whole country gets behind him and learns to stand up to the domineering English. He teaches this country that it is better to have died than to continue to live under the rule of people who are torturing and tormenting their country through threats and terror.

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Che (2008)


We first meet Ernesto Che Guevara (Benicio Del Toro) in Mexico, having dinner with no other than Fidel Castro (Demián Bichir). The future communist leader of Cuba convinces the young doctor to join his cause: to topple the unpopular regime of general Batista and take over power in Havana. After this, the story follows Che during the years of guerilla warfare in jungle, full of hardship, danger and death. He starts from the bottom, almost alone, but as time progresses and rebels are joined by more and more opressed peasants Che rises through the ranks. the movie consists of two parts.

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