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Feature 8.8
Video 8.0
Audio 7.0
Special Features   0.0
Total 8.7
Distributor: BBC
Classification: MA15+
Minutes: TBA
Reviewer: Kyle Sudukis

8.7


Warriors: Heroes and Villains

Warriors: Heroes and Villains is a relatively big budget documentary drama which uses CGI and actors to recreate a variety of key historic moments for some of histories most powerful warriors. These warriors include Hernan Cortes, Richard the Lionheart, Napoleon, Spartacus, Attila the Hun and Tokugawa Ieyasu. Each of these warriors are from a different era in time and this documentary faithfully recreates their world and goes into great detail about their passions and motivations.

Before mankind created technology that could shape the world, these six individuals shaped the world with their own ideologies and armies and whether it was for God, glory or power, this documentary explains all their motivations, some led by religion, others by madness.

As mentioned, the series is split into six chapters that include Spartacus, Attila, The Shogun, Richard the Lionheart, Hernan Cortes and Napoleon. Although there is some artistic interpretation taken into account during some of the episodes such as Spartacus, the majority of episodes are quite insightful such as The Shogun which follows Tokugawa Ieyasu's struggle to become the unified ruler of Japan.

Battles play a huge part in this series and like the episode called “The Shogun”, it features a truly momentous battle that makes great use of the CGI and actors to portray some of these deadly skirmishes. Another favourite of mine is the episode revolving around Richard the Lionheart that pits this Anglo-Saxon warrior against the “godless” Saladin in an attempt to bring Christianity to these countries under the banner of Third Crusade.

Generally, most of the episodes are well made but at times, the acting is a little forced and contrived but overall, especially with the set and CGI re-enactments, it is done extremely well that helps you become captured by these powerful men of history and legend. Recommended!

Episode synopses

Attila The Hun:
The invincible 5th Century leader confronts the Romans deep in the heart of France.

Spartacus:
The gladiator leads his rag-tag slave army in one of the greatest rebellions the Roman Empire ever faced.

The Shogun:
Tokugawa Ieyasu, the greatest Samurai general ever, risks everything in the most decisive battle in Japanese history.

Napoleon:
The battle that showcased his genius, bravery and ambition and set him on the path from penniless captain to Emperor of France.

Richard The Lionheart:
England's warrior king inspires his exhausted army into one final battle against Saladin at Jaffa.

Cortes:
The renegade Conquistador driven by God and gold battles to conquer the New World.






 
 



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