Age Of Uprising (15)
Dir: Arnaud des Pallieres
With: Mads Mikkelsen, Delphine Chuillot
Runtime: 122 minutes
BETWEEN this tale of a peasants' revolt and A Royal Affair, Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen seems to be waging a one-man fight to make historical dramas crowd-pullers again.
A Royal Affair, a swirling drama about goings on at the Danish court in the 18th century, was a sleeper hit. Age Of Uprising, a story of red-blooded revenge in 16th century France, simply induces sleepiness.
The Casino Royale star plays Michael Kohlhaas, a horse trader who finds himself in a tussle with a young brat of a baron over a pair of horses. When his appeals to the legal court and the royal court go unheeded - and worse - Kohlhaas sets out to exact revenge by crossbow and raiding party.
Arnaud des Pallieres' adaptation of Henrich von Kleist's novel gets off to a tearing start only to settle into a plod.
Mikkelsen is watchable as ever, though, as the principled man scorned, even if we never quite get to the bottom of why he takes a stand.
Glasgow Film Theatre, January 10-16