Get ready for today’s…Blast from the Past!
Before I begin, I just want to say that on a fun note, it’s been a while since I’ve done a throwback.
Before Oscar nominee Michael Mann directed films such as “Heat” (1995), “The Insider” (1999), “Ali” (2001), “Public Enemies” (2009), and others, he directed this captivating adventure war film…
Hawkeye: “My father’s people say that at the birth of the sun and of his brother the moon, their mother died. So the sun gave to the earth her body, from which was to spring all life. And he drew forth from her breast the stars, and the stars he threw into the night sky to remind him of her soul. So there’s the Cameron’s monument. My folks’ too, I guess.”
“The Last of the Mohicans” released on this day September 25th 1992, making the film 25 years old as of today.
Based on James Fenimore Cooper’s 1826 novel of the same name, and set during the French and Indian war in 1757, the film follows Nathaniel “Hawkeye” Poe (Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis) as he and his adoptive father Mohican chief Chingachgook (Russell Means) and adoptive son Uncas (Eric Schweig) protect two daughters of a British colonel in the midst of the brutal mentioned war.
Fun fact; as some of you may already know, Day-Lewis is well-known for role preparation to the extreme extent that he lives them. To prepare for his role, he lived in the wilderness where his character might have lived, learned hunting and fishing, and living off the land.
Also, the film won the Oscar for Best Sound at the time.
Some of the film’s highlights include the stellar performances, breathtaking scenery and cinematography (filmed mostly in the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina, USA), beautiful and brilliant music score composed by Golden Globe nominees Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman, and interesting story.
Tonight (or very early this morning), I discovered that Jones is a South African composer.
If you are looking for a 90s film with both adventure and war, then this is for you, or for anyone you know, who likes the aforementioned aspects.