DVD: Salmon Fishing on the Yemen

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Ostensibly, this is the story of one man’s vision to improve his desert country by bringing water, and salmon, to the Arabian Peninsula. Sheikh Muhammed ( Amr Waked ) is also handsome and wise and noble. We root for him in his quixotic dream.
A story that works like a fancy wrapping around a more mundane more ordinary package found inside.

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Really, this is a rather formulaic British rom- com.
Starring Ewan McGregor as Dr. Alfred Jones and Emily Blunt as Harriet, the assistant to the ultra-rich sheikh with the crazy dream.
Oh and by the way, Harriet also speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese. Don’t ask me- she just picked it up somewhere…!
Harriet also has a new boyfriend, Captain Robert Mayers, now missing in action in Afghanistan, sent there on a dangerous mission.
Dr. Jones, meanwhile, is stifling in a failing marriage. Do you see where all this is going?

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At times it appears that Ewan McGregor is stifling his considerable talent to fit himself into this mousy persona of the slightly nerdy ichthyologist. Hey, it’s a paycheck.
Please note: No bodices were harmed ( i.e. ripped ) in the making of this movie.

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