A ruthless mercenary renounces violence after learning his soul is bound for hell. When a young girl is kidnapped and her family slain by a sorcerer's murderous cult, he is forced to fight and seek his redemption slaying evil.
Michael J. Bassett
Max von Sydow,
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
Shots were removed from the U.S. version of the film so it would receive a family (PG-13) rating. (At 24:14, a shot of the crow flying down, picking up Wulfila's finger, and flying out of the room, as well as a shot at 42:06 of Wulfila's face hitting an axe blade, among other shots.) See more »
The castles depicted are crenelated Norman castles, not present until a century after 1066. See more »
[Romulus is brought in chains before Odoacer]
Is it for you that so many people have died? Such an innocent face.
The blood of the Caesars runs in his veins.
Lord Wulfila here thinks I should fear you. Is this true?
He is the last of the bloodline! End it now! Old Rome will die, and we will rule!
"We?" *We* rule? Take care, Wulfila. Sometimes your tongue runs ahead of your brain.
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Not a bad take on the origins of Authurian Legend...
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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