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Mercy's for Picts!
Ironclad: Battle for Blood picks up where the original, bizarrely well-cast Ironclad (2011) left off and goes in another, astonishingly similar direction. Guy (Tom Austen), the battle-scarred Aeneas of the Rochester siege, has given up on the idea of honor and now beats people to death for money. Even when his cousin, Hubert (Tom Rhys Harries), needs him to help defend his family's castle against marauding Scots, he still demands to get paid. Guy also brings along his buddy Berenger (David Caves), a sadistic executioner (Andy Beckwith), and a lunatic murderess (Twinnie Lee Moore). This film bears such a striking likeness to the plot developments in Ironclad but without the vague political implications that it's almost as if they went to Jonathan English and asked if he could do roughly the same thing but with less money. His answer was "Yes, yes I can. But only if I »
- Jason Ratigan
Only the fake-blood expenditure has been upped in “Ironclad: Battle for Blood,” an anemic sequel to 2011′s medieval slay-’em-up “Ironclad” that visibly scrimps in all other departments, from casting to effects to any semblance of humor. Essentially repeating its predecessor’s castle-siege narrative — minus the vague historical basis this time — writer-director Jonathan English’s dank-looking film delivers enough amputations, decapitations and other instances of rusty-bladed gore to distract undiscerning genre fans stuck between seasons of “Game of Thrones,” but serves no other obvious purpose. Granted a far smaller U.K. release than the first film back in March, the film now enters theaters Stateside after an initial VOD bow; if there’s any further life (or flamboyant death) in this franchise, it’ll be in ancillary only.
Unlike “Ironclad,” which notionally told the story of the 1215 siege of Rochester Castle, the sword-and-sackcloth drama in “Battle for Blood” (set six »
- Guy Lodge
Tom Austen and Michelle Fairley are preparing for the action in their new film, ‘Ironclad: Battle for Blood,’ as the adventure project is set to be released in theaters and on home entertainment. XLrator Media will release the action movie, which is already available on VOD and iTunes, in theaters on July 25, and on DVD and Blu-ray on August 5. Besides Fairley and Austen, ‘Ironclad: Battle for Blood’ also stars Tom Rhys Harries, Roxanne McKee, Rosie Day, Predrag Bjelac and Andy Beckwith The action movie was directed by Jonathan English, who also co-wrote the script with Steven McDool. Of ‘Ironclad: Battle for blood,’ English said, “I wanted to do [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
Ironclad: Battle For Blood is a sequel to Ironclad which was released in 2011. I have not seen the first film but based on what is on view in Battle for Blood it would be worth seeking out. Ironclad: Battle for Blood is a different type of historical war movie. There are no fancy sword moves, no spell casting wizards or dragons running amok. What we have here is a serious version of the type of thing Monty Python used to do, especially in their movie about the Holy Grail, showing what life in the middle ages was really like. Dirty, dangerous, ignorant, short and brutish.
Opening titles tell us that in the 12th Century England had laid waste to Scotland and then withdrawn. Scottish clans raided estates and castles all over the northern part of England in retaliation.
- Sam Moffitt
The Rocket (12A)
Children are often the best ambassadors for world cinema and so it proves here, in a Laos-set tale that's sympathetic but never condescending. The story centres on a displaced boy burdened by a perceived "curse". But it's told with documentary-like conviction and distinctly local details, from James Brown-worshipping war vets to the unexploded ordnance littering the landscape.
Under The Skin (15)
Glazer's delectably mystifying sci-fi makes Glasgow look like another planet – as seen through the eyes of Johansson's alien seductress, on the prowl for unsuspecting males. It sounds like a highbrow Species, but the imagery and sustained strangeness put it in a realm of its own.
The Zero Theorem (15)
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- Steve Rose
Ironclad: Battle for Blood hits UK cinema screens today and we got to sit down with actor Tom Austen to talk about his character ‘Guy’. In the interview we hear about what it was about Ironclad 2 which he liked so much, what he thought of playing opposite Game of Thrones star Michelle Fairley and how he tried to avoid mimicking James Purefoy’s performance in the original movie.
Ironclad: Battle for Blood is released in UK cinemas today. If you haven’t seen the first movie and want a quick catch up, head this way!
HeyUGuys: What first attracted you to the project?
Tom Austen: To be honest it was the first thing that came along that was out and out action. I’d been working in Paris for about 7 months playing a cop in the modern day so a lot of guns and procedural stuff. I was really »
- Stefan Pape
Writer-director Jonathan English got surprisingly lucky with the first Ironclad (2011) film, as it offered a thrilling/shocking blood thirst of video-gaming proportions, as well as an impressive cast, including Paul Giamatti, Brian Cox, Derek Jacobi, Charles Dance and the dashing James Purefoy. Still set in the harsh surroundings of 13th Century Britain, post the Great Siege of Rochester Castle, the second film, Ironclad 2: Battle For Blood, seems to have switched target audience, with a more youthful cast of mainly TV actors.
After the De Vesci castle home comes under attack from a band of marauding Celts, resulting in a critical body wound for the master of the house, Gilbert De Vesci (David Rintoul), his son Hubert (Tom Rhys Harries) is tasked with fetching his battle-scarred cousin, Guy (Tom Austen) to defend their ancestral home. But the bitter Guy comes at a price and with a band of reprobates in tow, »
- Lisa Giles-Keddie
“Ironclad” director Jonathan English apparently had such a blast chronicling the siege of an English castle by bad guys in the first movie that he’s decided to do it again in a sequel, “Ironclad 2: Battle for Blood.” It looks and feels like the same plot, with a bunch of new people gathered in a castle being attacked by crazy barbarian types. The only difference seems to be the first movie had Paul Giamatti and James Purefoy in the cast, and this time things look decidedly lower budgeted. On the plus side, “Ironclad: Battle for Blood” does feature two actresses from “Game of Thrones,” so there’s that. Anyways, get your first look at the battle for the blood. It certainly looks like everyone gets their fill. Travelling back to the dark, brutal past of 13-century England, Ironclad: Battle For Blood plunges us headlong into one of the most »
8 items from 2014
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