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,
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
Because of budgetary consideration, cast and crew had only one night to shoot the night battle scene, which gave it the disorganized, raggedy look they wanted. See more »
Marcus noted that Esca knew the Northern language and could interpret. Esca was the son of a Brigantes chief and spoke Brythonic, which is close to Welsh. The Brigantes had controlled a large section of northern England. When they pass through Hadrian's Wall into Scotland, Esca speaks in Gaelic to everyone. There were no Gaelic speakers known to be in Scotland in 120 A.D. Most scholars believe the inhabitants [the Picts] spoke a Brythonic language related to but distinct from British. The first Roman recording of Gaelic speakers [the Scotti] in Scotland was in a skirmish at Hadrian's Wall in 297, and immigration wasn't until circa 400 A.D. Esca could indeed interpret, but in Brythonic not Gaelic. 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 »
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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