In 140 AD, twenty years after the unexplained disappearance of the entire Ninth Legion in the mountains of Scotland, young centurion Marcus Aquila (Tatum) arrives from Rome to solve the mystery and restore the reputation of his father, the commander of the Ninth. Accompanied only by his British slave Esca (Bell), Marcus sets out across Hadrian's Wall into the uncharted highlands of Caledonia - to confront its savage tribes, make peace with his father's memory, and retrieve the lost legion's golden emblem, the Eagle of the Ninth. Written by
The main character's name is Marcus Aquila. Aquila is the Latin word for "Eagle". See more »
When Marcus and Esca pass Hadrian's Wall and head north, they are both pictured riding bay horses. Shortly thereafter, and for the rest of the film, they are seen mounted on war horses, 1 black, 1 white. No explanation of where they got these horses is forthcoming. (In the shooting script it is stated that they took these horses from the "rogue warriors" they killed, but in the actual film, the horses appear before the scene where they kill the rogue warriors.) See more »
Marcus Flavius Aquila, Fourth Cohort of Gaul, Second Legion, come to relieve the command.
Lutorius Drusillus Salinator, acting senior officer.
Where's the garrison commander?
He left this morning, sir. Couldn't wait to get away.
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The names of the Director, of the Writers (screenplay and Novel) and of the main Cast are red in an old English language. See more »
The movie has a fairly good opening in my opinion, a rather dull middle and a predictable ending.
The problem with it for me is the same problem I'm seeing with a lot of the new action films. The cameras stays very tight, action is all blurred and close up, so you can't see what's going on. The sound track is all keyed up so you won't be concentrating on the errors in the action. (Which you can't really see anyway) Golly, give me the days of good stuntmen back again.
I liked the opening half hour or so, but the middle is so much like a North American Indian film you lose all sense of the time period. I agree with the former reviewers comments, Gee, if the Britains lived like this why bother with them.
I prefer the mini-series "Rome" to this any day.
The theater chains are also destroying the movie going experience as I have to agonize over 15 minutes of commercials before the main feature starts.
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