Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas Movie Review
Braveheart without the Hollywood flair, Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas stars Mads Mikkelsen as some dude named Michael Kohlhaas, who led an uprising in the 16th century because a local lord mistreated his horses.
Talk about overreacting.
Directed by Frenchman Arnaud des Pallières, Age of Uprising is a decent movie that proves why Hollywood flair exists: as well made as it is, the low-key or sometimes absent score and his unwillingness to tighten on the action prohibits the film from its true potential.
Mikkelsen is very good in the lead, but Mikkelsen is a very good actor. His character lacks the rebellious nature of William Wallace, however; the dude just wants justice for his horses (oh, and his dead assistant and a murdered wife, but whatevs) and his stubbornness doesn’t make for the most exciting of characters.
But overall, the film looks great and is well constructed. The story is interesting enough, at least early on, and Pallières keeps things moving at a fast enough pace. Still, it’s not hard to imagine how this movie could have been better—Braveheart provides a framework, primarily by being fun, energetic, exciting and emotional. Age of Uprising lacks emotion (again, because the dude is fighting for horses, not for love or inequality), but even in lieu of that, it neededmore elaborate action sequences and tighter direction.
More than anything else, it needed music. More of it, and more powerful.
Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas is a decently made picture, but its straight-laced and subtle storytelling approach ultimately flounders in the face of battle.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.