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THE FOUR FEATHERS

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The Four Feathers

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
130 minutes
Wide Release Date:
09/20/02
performer:
Kate Hudson, Heath Ledger, Wes Bentley, Djimon Hounsou, Laila Rouass, Michael Sheen
director:
Shekhar Kapur
distributor:
Miramax, Paramount Pictures
author:
Hossein Arnini
genre:
Drama, War

We gave it a C+

Shekhar Kapur was onto something when he opted to remake this period chestnut — about fraidycat British soldier Harry Feversham (Ledger), who goes undercover in Sudan — as a critique of colonialism. Unfortunately, it’s a trick the director can’t quite pull off: As Feversham loses himself, the movie loses its coherence; by the time we’re back in Old Blighty, the message is so muddled it’s hard to care about colonialism, conquest, or the tepid love story anchored by a badly miscast Hudson.