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As the Roman empire crumbles, young Romulus Augustus flees the city and embarks on a perilous voyage to Britain to track down a legion of supporters.

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Mira (as Aishwarya Rai)
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Romulus Augustus (as Thomas Sangster)
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Circa 460 A.D. Mira was born in a warrior-family in Kerala, India, was well versed in martial arts and self-defense, so much so that she was recruited by the Spanish royalty and re-located to Constantinople. From there she was instructed to assist Roman Commander Aurelius to plan the escape of 12-year old Romulus Augustus Caesar from a prison in Capri after his parents had been killed by the leader of the Alliance in turmoil-stricken Rome that has seen the deaths of five emperors in five years. Mira, Aurelius, and a Priest, Ambrosinius, along with a handful of loyal soldiers were successful in the escape plan and deliver Romulus to Roman Senator Nestor. What the crew do not realize is that their task is not over yet, for Nestor is all set to betray Romulus, leaving them with no alternative but to flee to Britannia, where they will be forced to confront a seemingly invincible Vortygn, whose main aim is to obtain a powerful sword that was meant for defense and defeat, and also ensure ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action violence | See all certifications »

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$67,000,000 (estimated)

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£125,540 (UK) (19 October 2007)

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£335,838 (UK) (26 October 2007)
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Ferdinand Kingsley, son of actor Ben Kingsley, played Sir Ben Kingsley's character in flashbacks as a young man in Britannia (at around 13 mins). See more »

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As they are climbing over the mountain pass, Romulus is riding on the back of Batiatus wearing a pair of very modern climbing boots. See more »

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[Aurelius and Mira escape the Goths by leaping off the cliff into the ocean]
Aurelius: You were right, Batiatus. It is quicker on the way down.
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Not a bad take on the origins of Authurian Legend...
23 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Somehow I missed the trailers and promotion of this film. Normally I see most movies like this right away, but I didn't get to see this one until just yesterday.

If you are going in looking for a historically accurate film then you are waisting your time with ANY Hollywood movie. But this one doesn't have anything that ruined my suspension of belief at all. One of my biggest pet peeves is when a movie misses something obvious (Like Romans using stirrups on their horses, yes I am looking at you Gladiator!) but this movie didn't have one of those.

The fighting styles that they gave the characters, while flashed up for filming, were believable for the cultures that they came from (A Roman Cataract using Japanese sword techniques! Come on King Arthur!) and while I wouldn't rank the fight scenes anywhere near anything done by Wu Ping, they again don't take away from the story.

Now the story its self is where I have some problems. They seemed to rush it most of the way. I almost wish that they had made it a mini-series on TV just so they could have told the whole thing. I think that there is some missing story that I would like to hear, like the origins of the villain and where he got his scars and what not.

Anyway, just don't go into it with any expectations and I think that you will enjoy yourself for an hour and a half.


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