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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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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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A Última Legião  »

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$67,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£125,540 (UK) (19 October 2007)

Gross:

£335,838 (UK) (26 October 2007)
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Director Doug Lefler managed to get all of the family of Thomas Brodie-Sangster in the film (uncredited). At 01:01:10 Thomas' mother Anastasia is shown hugging Kustennin, commander of the Ninth Legion, and again at 01:09:40 as Ygraine's mother. At 01:03:25 Thomas' younger sister Ava is shown as the first Celtic girl in the scene where Ambrosinus explains the heritage of Caesar's sword. At 01:10:48 in the background by Kunstennin, as the blacksmith begins stating his view of Romulus living among them, is Thomas' father Mark. See more »

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As Romulus passes Caesar's guard in the coronation procession (at around 9 mins), Demetrius mouths the words "We're dead." (In the DVD commentary it is explained that "we took it out just because it was too soft to be heard over the noise of the procession and the music.") See more »

Quotes

[Romulus is brought in chains before Odoacer]
Odoacer: Is it for you that so many people have died? Such an innocent face.
Wulfila: The blood of the Caesars runs in his veins.
Odoacer: Lord Wulfila here thinks I should fear you. Is this true?
Wulfila: He is the last of the bloodline! End it now! Old Rome will die, and we will rule!
Odoacer: "We?" *We* rule? Take care, Wulfila. Sometimes your tongue runs ahead of your brain.
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fun light-hearted legend
16 May 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I can understand why some people may be disappointed watching this movie, especially if they were expecting a CGI laden gore-fest. If you do not expect this then you should not be too disappointed.

I think the negative comments go too far. It never pretended to be anything other than an action/adventure movie from the beginning (so why compare it to hardcore historical stuff), it was funny, mixed up a few legends, and had a very simple but nevertheless entertaining story.

This light hearted and enjoyable movie provides well-paced entertainment that would be suitable for a teenage audience (perhaps 10+) but can also be enjoyed by adults.

There is no gore, sex, or swearing, and whilst the fine cast will not win any Oscars for their performance, they did a fine job in fulfilling their roles, given the movies objectives.

This movie does what it says on the tin and does it well. A fine example of how a movie can be enjoyable without every scene being covered in blood (although I enjoy those movies too).


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