A man, having fallen in love with the wrong woman, is sent by the sultan himself on a diplomatic mission to a distant land as an ambassador. Stopping at a Viking village port to restock on supplies, he finds himself unwittingly embroiled on a quest to banish a mysterious threat in a distant Viking land.
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,
During the reign of the Vikings, Kainan, a man from a far-off world, crash lands on Earth, bringing with him an alien predator known as the Moorwen. Though both man and monster are seeking revenge for violence committed against them, Kainan leads the alliance to kill the Moorwen by fusing his advanced technology with the Viking's Iron Age weaponry.
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
An elaborate chariot race was shot between Marcus and the druid but because of time and pacing considerations, it was ultimately cut. It can be found on the Blu-Ray as a deleted scene. See more »
As Marcus and Esca ride across the countryside, they use stirrups, which were not known in Europe until the 7th century AD. This was due to potential insurance issues, especially as Jamie Bell hadn't ridden before this film. 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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Channing Tatum makes this movie revolve around him
I can relate to this story, a son of a soldier tries to restore the family name by returning the figure of an eagle to its rightful place, Roman Britain. It's unknown how his father lost it north of the Hadrian Wall but it was his duty to protect it like the honor of Rome itself, and he failed.
As Ebert points out, there isn't much to glean from this film as to actual tactics, but they get across the feeling of all out warfare quite well. But to me the real treat of this film is not the imagining of Roman Britain, but the steadfast attitude and resolve of the hero, Marcus, played almost effortlessly by Channing Tatum. The trick is to instill in the men in the audience the feeling of being there, seeking to restore the family name despite the odds, and Channing is quite good at that. You pick it up from him somehow and that's amazing considering how far we are from Roman times.
I would quibble about the portrayal of the barbarians, but all in all quite an enjoyable film.
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