Hidalgo

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Treachery, kidnapping, sandstorms, locusts and man eating Cheetahs can all be found in the action-adventure film Hidalgo. In the year 1890, one time cowboy Frank Hopkins (Viggo Mortensen) and his mustang named Hidalgo are known as the greatest rider and the fastest horse of their time. One day while riding Hidalgo in the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show, Hopkins is challenged by Sheikh Riyadh (Omar Sharif) of Saudi Arabia to a brutal 3000 mile horse race across the Arabian Desert. At this point, I think I would have considered exchanging Hidalgo for a camel. When Hopkins arrives in Saudi Arabia the other competitors threaten Hopkins and tell him he will never finish the race. Not only does he have to fight the terrain, the weather and the jealous Arabians, but he also has to fight the temptations of the Sheikh’s beautiful daughter Jazira (Zuleiaha Robinson). Can Hopkins and Hidalgo survive the desert with no water? Can they win the race after Hidalgo has a spear in his leg? I think you can guess. This movie has more than a couple downfalls (no pun intended). It has a convoluted plot, it’s full of clichés and the lead character could have been a little stronger. In fact, I think hidalgo had more personality than his rider, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a good movie. It’s very entertaining, has no cursing, and was very well made. This is a film the entire family can enjoy and I’m giving it a B rating.

This movie has been given a PG-13 rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.