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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…
Kevin MacDonald's Roman epic is neither an action picture nor a thoughtful study of what happened to the legendary 9th Legion, whose disappearance led to the creation of Hadrian's Wall.
Far too long, and relying too much on bland leads Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell, this has moments of interest but is largely a dull ride through a portion of history which in itself remains disputed; MacDonald takes his cue here from Rosemary Sutcliff's 1954 novel for children 'The Eagle of the Ninth', which some of us might remember for its 1970s TV adaptation.
There are a lot of examples of eye-rolling bad acting, poor costuming, and men running around with weapons, but not enough spectacle to make this a…
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…
Disappointing stuff. The storyline is a good opportunity for some old fashioned swordplay and adventure but the script wants to have its' cake and eat it too - there's an attempt at joylesss accuracy which means when the film does lapse into Technicolor cheese it feels contrived. An awful lead performance from a bored Channing Tatum hardly helps.
Dreadful story and dull movie. The performances in front of the camera was also hopeless.
Covering much the same territory as the recent “Centurion”, “The Eagle” is about the alleged disappearance of the Roman IX Legion in northern Britain in 2nd century AD, providing a what-if scenario to fill in some of the many conflicting holes in historical record. Here, the eagle standard of the IX is lost at the time the legion disappears (this would be the eagle of the title). Channing Tatum is Marcus Flavius Aquila, son of the commander of the IX at the time of its disappearance, and a newly-minted centurion posted to Britain. He has returned to reclaim his family’s tarnished honor and soon finds himself in battle against the native Britons. However, fate does not smile on Aquila, and…
A captivating adventure!
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I think this sword and sandals/buddy adventure film got unnecessarily derided when it came out in 2011. It's very much a middle of the road production, but Jamie Bell shines in his role, and its got a lot of competent elements muddled under a pretty bland script and direction.
Also, its much more interesting watching this movie as a romance between Bell & Tatum, both upon the first viewing and this second go around.
"The Eagle" is a screen adaption of the mystery tale, concerning the disappearance of the Ninth roman Legion, along with its golden Eagle.
It is mostly set in northern Britania of the 2nd century (nowadays known as Scotland).
The movie started of strong, but sadly went, after about 20 minutes, into a completely different direction.
Instead of a Roman Battle-Epos, the movie develops into a lengthy road-trip of two simplistic characters.
Some scenes are pretty well written and acted, but then there are also a lot of examples of face-palmingly bad acting.
The equipment and costumes (especially on the roman side) are pleasingly good for the most time.
The movie had its good moments, but went way overboard with the…
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Set in the 2nd century Roman Empire, The Eagle looks promising enough, as I'm a sucker for siege warfare and large scale sword & sandal battles. Unfortunately, that was over and done after the first ten minutes of the film, which unfortunately turned out to be its best ten minutes.
From there, the Eagle seemed to lose direction and morphed into The Last of the Mohicans (1992). Not kidding. I never knew that the Mohawk tribe had blue-skinned cousins from Northern Britain. Imagine my surprise. Then, there's about a 5-10 minute sequence that rips off Mohicans almost verbatim, as our hero is captured by the faux-Mohawks (hereafter called Fauxhawks, get it?) and led with a rope around his neck to their…
superbly done movie...
Well, Hopefully this will go better than April with less work to do in real life.
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