Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Eagle(movie review)

Genre: Drama/Action
Directed by: Kevin Macdonald
Written by:
Jeremy Brock (Script),
Rosemary Sutcliff (Novel)
Channing Tatum,
Jamie Bell,
Donald Sutherland,
Release Date- feb2011
                                      My rating 6.5/10

This movie is based on a incident long ago and director have chosen  his own version of a tale.Their are many variations of  story which took place in about 140AD,as per the historians; the entire Roman ninth legion(a division of the Roman army, usually comprising 3000 to 6000 soldiers) disappeared in the mountains of Scotland not be found again.This disappearance is still a mystery and unexplained and therefore raised many speculated stories of supernatural phenomena as well as attack by local tribes.

 Movie Story-

Director of this movie need a cheerful applaud,its not because its a very good movie but on the premise that he made the movie in manner it should be made, without any touch of supernatural phenomena in disappearance of ninth legion as many folklore's has been told about it .Sets are believable,simple and realistic as otherwise in Roman epics the unusual grandeur  automatically sips in above the script.

Marcus Aquila(channing tatum) arrives in Britain occupied by Romans.Marcus is appointed as centurion(commander of certain army unit) in Britain which he asked for as disappeared Ninth legion is commanded by his father 20 years ago and still trying to eliminate the stigma from his family's name by searching for the legion's golden emblem.In turn of events he shows his remarkable courage for his legion in a war and as result get wounded only to know that he got honorably retired due to his wounds.

At this point starts the real story as Marcus is disappointed as he was stepped down as a centurion and only one fickle hope to search for  golden emblem keeps on buzzing in his mind.His British servant Esca(bell) to whom Marcus had saved in a arena aids him to journey  across Hadrian's Wall into the uncharted highlands of Caledonia - to confront its savage tribes, make peace with his father's memory.

Bottom line-

Film showcases the peak feelings of honor,friendship and respect but sometimes it misses the magic and at same point film seems weak in script.Channing tattum was above average but failed to portray the complex feelings.Esca(bell) seemed under the skin of British slave who hates Romans,as they ruled their nation. Shooting locations are good as it gives feeling of ancient lands.Music is good but at some points especially in critical parts looses magic.Watch the film you like channing tatum or ancient epics.Most importantly there is no female lead character,so glad-fully no romance at all.

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