The Ottomans conquered Constantinople in 1453, bringing to an end the 1100-year-rule of the Byzantine Empire/ Next the Ottomans gained control of Mamluk Egypt in 1517, followed by Algiers and most of present-day Hungary by 1529, all of Persia in 1638, and most of the region between the Black and Caspian Seas by the 1650s.
These so-called Ottoman wars of conquest fixed in the imagination of the Europeans the image of the Muslim Turks as ferocious and religiously inspired warriors.
The bare-bones plot — you could summarize it on a matchbook cover — is merely an excuse for the action set pieces, which also include Xander chasing down a bad guy by surfing on a motorbike (don’t ask).
It all comes across like a montage of the opening sequences of James Bond movies, but the net effect is more numbing than exhilarating.
Instead, he puts together his own group, which seems to have been assembled for maximum international box-office appeal.
They include heavily tattooed sniper Adele Wolff (Ruby Rose, ), so immediately smitten with Xander that she informs him her “safe word” is “cumquat”; and Nicks (Kris Wu), whose chief skill seems to be as a DJ.
And while there may indeed by impressive stunt work on display (augmented by voluminous CGI effects), the impact is diluted through overkill.