I haven’t yet had the chance to watch Орда (The Horde), a new big-budget Russian swords & stallions action movie, but the trailer and visuals do look impressive, reflecting the way Russian film-making has moved into the big league. Set in the 14thC, it has all the usual tropes, but has already begun to cause controversy about the way it reportedly depicts most of the Mongols as “brutal, bloodthirsty, evil-minded, greedy people.” The fact that it was part-funded by a company linked to the Russian Orthodox Church might have something to do with that… Still, action movies are rarely the place to find sensitively-drawn, politically-correct historical revisionism, so I’ll just look forward to seeing the film in due course and drawing my own conclusions. At least it does look well done (director Andrei Proshkin took the best director’s award at this summer’s Moscow Film Festival and one of his stars, Rosa Khairulina, best actress) and the scenes of the Mongol city Sarai Batu, while a tad caricature, do look impressive and offering great atmospheric vistas to illustrate scenes in a game… If anyone gets to see it (it came out in Russia this month), do post a comment and let us know what you thought!