Mongol opens with a Mongolian proverb: "do not scorn a weak cub; he may become a brutal tiger." If only some of the Mongols who continuously beat, torture, and enslave the young Temudjin (Tadanobu Asano) would listen to their own proverbs. History reveals that the ten year old Temudjin grows up to be none other than Genghis Khan, the cunning, cruel and hugely successful emperor of the world's largest contiguous empire, an empire which he conquered by bringing down the wrath of god with his legendary Mongol army to any one dumb enough to resist him. This 2007 movie by Russian director Sergey Bodrov shows the amazing story of how a resentful young boy managed to outsmart those around him and overcome incredible odds to rule millions of people.
|You think you had a bad childhood? Think again.|
|Temudjin and his faithful wife Borte.|
|You win some, you lose some (and get sold off into slavery).|
|When kids had nightmares in the 12th century, this is what they dreamed of.|
Best scene: The battle between Temudjin's and Jamukha's armies, with thousands of warriors filling the screen in one of the most impressive battles put to film this decade.
Best line: "Mongols need laws. I will make them obey, even if I have to kill half of them."
TL;DR - Thrilling portrayal of one of the baddest bastards to ever grace the planet - 9/10