Held yearly for centuries, the Ocean of Fire - a 3,000 mile survival race across the Arabian desert - was a challenge restricted to the finest Arabian horses ever bred, the purest and noblest lines, owned by the greatest royal families. In 1890, wealthy Sheik Riyadh (Omar Sharif) invited an American, Frank T. Hopkins (Viggo Mortensen), and his horse to enter the race for the first time. During the course of his career, Hopkins was a cowboy and dispatch rider for the U.S. cavalry - and had once been billed as the greatest rider the West had ever known. The Sheik puts his claim to the test, pitting the American cowboy and his mustang, Hidalgo, against the world's greatest Arabian horses and Bedouin riders - some of whom are determined to prevent a foreigner from finishing the race. For Frank, the Ocean of Fire becomes not only a matter of pride and honor, but a race for his very survival as he and his horse attempt the impossible.
This is amazing story of trust and love between two brothers. Although one is a man and the other is a horse, in native American culture they are joined by their trust and commitment to each other. The fantastic thing about this story is that it is actually true. It is interesting that the horse culture has been replaced by the moden age, however this story can and will never go out of fashion. I rate this a 10 out ot 10 for family viewing.
This movie was an average movie, bringing a cowboy and his horse into the desert for a great race. It tried to specifically to bring spiritual inclusiveness into the mindset of viewers (open to Islamic faith and Indian Spiritualism). Viggo plays his role standard, but after following Lord of the Rings, it just doesn't fit as well for him. The end is quite ridiculous as his horse wins despite being speared by a piece of wood. Touching and filmed well but not the best.
Well when the ending of the movie is exactly what you predicted it would be about ten minutes in from the start then the rest of the movie becomes very, very, very long... If you close your eyes and squint a bit during some of the action sequences it might look slightly indiana jones-esqe but that's about the biggest thrill you'll get out of it.
I am not quite sure how to rate this movie really. The storyline is quite a good one and could have been done really well, but I dont think that the actors really lived up to the legend of the story. Viggo Mortinsen is not such a great choice for this movie, It had a lot of promise but I dont think that it really delivered.
I find it interesting that this movie hasn't recieved great reviews, because I rate it very highly, but maybe thats because I am a horse lover! A story of a cowboy and his steed who travel to the desert to compete in the arbrian endurance race. Beautiful scenery, acting and an amazing feel good factor, it has you feeling upset when things go off course!
not quite upto expectations, so if u dont see it, i doubt ur gonna be really missing anything much, i saw Lord of the rings and thought wow viggo mortensen is gonna be awesome, he is a brilliant actor, but somehow it doesnt quite cut it in this movie. Some pretty cool special effects though
This was our first sighting of Viggo Mortenson post - Lord of the Rings, so it was hard to shake him away from his Aragorn character - still, this is an enjoyable, Disney syle light romp and adventure. Mortenson gives a reserved performance of Frank T. Hopkins, who takes his Mustang Hidalgo into the Ocean of fire - a 3,000 mile race across the desert... fun...