I loved that someone took the initiative to create this story for Otzi. We can never truly know what Otzi's life was like or what lead to his demise but we can speculate. That's what this film does. It's a fictionalized story about the Otzi's days. The plot summary is simple. Otzi is a highly regarded member of a small tribe. He sets out to do some hunting and while he's gone a trio of men rape his woman, burn their homes, kill all but one member of the tribe and steals an important relic. This sets Otzi on a path revenge in the final days of his life. So, let's start with the fact that there is no need to understand the ancient dialog that is used. It was easy to interpret what was going on. The actors did well with their roles and really had a way of drawing me into the film. The costumes were what you'd expect to see for this time period and I liked that they incorporated some of the artifacts found with Otzi's body into the storyline. One that stood out was how he wraps a large ember in what appeared to be leaves so that he could transport fire from the village to his campsite while hunting. I thought the settings were great. It was rough terrain and it was filmed in a way that really helped convey his loneliness, how small he was in a big world and how hard it was to survive. I really don't have a lot to complain about. I wish there had been more focus placed on his relationships within his tribe and while I liked the film as it is, I would've liked to have seen an actual dialog and made this a bit more dramatic. I liked it and I would think that those who have been intrigued with Otzi would find it enjoyable as well. I'm not sure as to how historically accurate things may actually be but I thought that this was aimed towards being as accurate as is possible. I would recommend this as a decent movie.
The Ötztal Alps, more than 5300 years ago. A Neolithic clan has settled near a creek. It is their leader Kelab's responsibility to be the keeper of the group's holy shrine Tineka. While Kelab is hunting, the settlement is attacked.
January 13, 2020