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Denis Lavant

'Age of Uprising' never quite rises to the challenge

'Age of Uprising' never quite rises to the challenge

Hot on the heels of the injustice tale "The Hunt," stone-faced Danish heartthrob Mads Mikkelsen plays another wronged man in the medieval saga "Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas."

Adapted from the influential 16th century German novella but set now in France, the film chronicles the escalating methods taken by an honorable horse merchant (Mikkelsen) to seek recompense for a cruel baron's horse thievery. Faced with corruption, Kohlhaas stirs the peasants to embark with him on a campaign of bloody retribution with lasting consequences for his family, livelihood and belief in the rule of law.

It's a strong story of lonely, even futile...