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The destiny of a soldier. The honour of a slave. The fate of an empire.
In 140 AD, twenty years after the unexplained disappearance of the entire Ninth Legion in the mountains of Scotland, young centurion Marcus Aquila (Tatum) arrives from Rome to solve the mystery and restore the reputation of his father, the commander of the Ninth. Accompanied only by his British slave Esca (Bell), Marcus sets out across Hadrian's Wall into the uncharted highlands of Caledonia - to confront its savage tribes, make peace with his father's memory, and retrieve the lost legion's golden emblem, the Eagle of the Ninth.
A small-scale historical epic, "The Eagle" boasts handsome production design and lush cinematography. It does not have the sweep, scope, or gloriousness of "Braveheart," "Gladiator," or even "King Arthur," but the film is highly watchable, thematically rich, and it tells a nicely compact story.
I can well imagine many people feeling short changed by the end of The Eagle, because the marketing would have you think this is a bloody, battle-strewn Roman epic of two warriors fighting to the death. Yet look at the director - is Kevin MacDonald really likely to make such a film? Turns out he hasn't at all, the fleeting few battles we do get merely a component of what in reality is a drama about honour, bravery, loss and imperialism with very on-the-nose parallels to the United States. It makes for a deeper, if not quite as entertaining movie than you hoped.
It's immediately let down a touch by the fact it has two of the least-inspiring young actors…
Kevin McDonald has made some really interesting films over the last few years. He does lean towards his Scottish roots though and this take on the legendary Roman Ninth Legion who apparently disappeared North of Hadrian's Wall back in 120AD is another with a Scottish slant.
"The Eagle" standard of the Ninth Roman Legion was something that was bitterly defended and was a symbol of the legion's pride and honor. This tale is based on a book from the fifties that supported the legend that "the Eagle" was lost in the North of Scotland along with the entire 5000 troops who accompanied it. Many theories exist as to the true fate of the legion, but with this film popularizing the…
Despite a good director and a story full of potential the end result is both bloodless and lifeless. Much like Neil Marshall’s flawed Centurion it seems as if film-makers are drawn to the mystery of the Ninth Legion but are unable to turn that mystery into a compelling story on screen. Although handsomely shot, particularly when capturing the beauty and harshness of the Scottish landscape, the cinematography cannot disguise a leaden script and wooden performances. The film feels as if it was intended to be a much grander film that what we ended up with. Instead we get a small scale movie that never springs into life. It doesn’t help that the cast are poor. Channing Tatum delivers yet another…
You won't be waiting for the film to soar. You'll be waiting for it to take off.
For it to do something. And it never does.
Channing Tatum plays a Roman, with an English accent, who also feels like randomly going American. Accompanied by some English soldiers, an American soldier. Jamie Bell as the Scottish, but English, slave. And British mark Strong doing an American accent, whilst probably supposed to be sounding like a Roman. Or something else.
Normally accents don't bother me, but when it's this inconsistent, how am I supposed to believe anything that is happening on screen.
If you can't get the accents right, then at least the story will be interesting.
Not really. There are some…
Once upon a time i wanted to watch an action film, something that had a bit of a plot and at the same time a bit of acting with a bit too much fighting, and a good sound track wouldn't have been amiss either. This movie had none of these things. It is not often that i will get up from watching an action movie and say, "Well I just wasted a portion of my life" but i did after The Eagle. And what the heck is with that ending?
As they venture through Northern England and Scotland the scenery is absolutely beautiful. I can only presume they were sensible enough to make their trip during the height of summer since the climate seems far too pleasant. The discovery of the entirely fictional 'seal people' who speak a kind of Scottish Gaelic makes these people seem very imposing. What with this being a part of the UK, the otherness of this group is made very striking. The 'seal people' with their skin painted with mud are just about plausible and while they come across as scary and ruthless, the Romans are no better.
The film becomes about a mixture of honour and identity. Channing Tatum's character feels a strong need…
Frequently looks great but ultimately quite dull.
An icon-driven pro-Empire meditation that ends oddly like a sequel-anticipating buddy cop film.
Roman occupied Britain.
A Roman legion disappears north of Hadrian's wall, losing their eagle standard to the Pict tribes.
years later the general's son goes to retrieve the eagle standard and bring honour back to the family name. Helped by his Briton slave, Esca (jamie bell) they head into Pictland and a heap of trouble.
Action packed, heaped in history and a great authentic feel for the time, this is a one to watch, a good night in.
Romans were jerks.
This movie is so bland that I don't even have anything interesting to say about it. It could've turned into this epic about a soldier rising through the ranks to command his first outpost and then leading his mean to reclaim a lost lump of gold, but it... wasn't. Oh well.
The more I see of Channing Tatum, the less I get the hype.
better than GLADIATOR, anyway. films like this love to score points with barely disguised jabs at imperialism and empire but always valorize brutality as "honor" as long as it's leavened with a dose of compassion. the bad guys will probably just eat you or something "savage" like that, but when we kill at least we feel bad about it. loses some steam once it decides to be an action film, mostly because Macdonald can't be bothered to avoid handheld, step-framed, over-cut close-up fights. kept imagining Tay-tay played Jenko's great great great great etc grandpa and this was a JUMP STREET prequel.
Solid movie, just not that interesting as the stakes are low (reclaiming an armies' symbol of honor).
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