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Ironclad (2011)

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In 13th-century England, a small group of Knights Templar fight to defend Rochester Castle against the tyrannical King John.

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Gil Becket
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Jedediah Coteral
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Baron Darnay
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It is the year 1215 and the rebel barons of England have forced their despised King John to put his royal seal to the Magna Carta, a noble, seminal document that upheld the rights of free-men. Yet within months of pledging himself to the great charter, the King reneged on his word and assembled a mercenary army on the south coast of England with the intention of bringing the barons and the country back under his tyrannical rule. Barring his way stood the mighty Rochester castle, a place that would become the symbol of the rebel's momentous struggle for justice and freedom. Written by Anonymous

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Heavy metal goes medieval


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Rated R for strong graphic brutal battle sequences, and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)
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The closing narration claims this battle was one of the first French victories that ultimately lead to total victory. Nevertheless, after King John's death in 1216, many English rebels preferred the weak English King Henry III rather than a strong and experienced French monarch. This meant many English rebels defected to the Royalist camp and the rebellion was defeated by Royalist forces by 1217. See more »

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There are a lot of Hungarian stunts in the film, who do shout things in the heat of fights, thankfully the meaning does go with what is happening, and if you don't speak Hungarian you probably don't even notice it, but for Hungarian ears its really funny when you watch it and suddenly someone shouting in your language when you wouldn't expect it. See more »

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Jedediah Coteral: What makes a man like you so angry?
Gil Becket: I've been angry so long I don't even remember.
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References The Magnificent Seven (1960) See more »

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A bloody siege.
27 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ironclad is a fictionalized medieval war movie set in Britain during the second rebellion against King John, brought about by his dismissal of the Magna Carta he was forced to sign in the first rebellion against him and his attempts to punish those who forced him to sign it. 

The movie is basically about a Templar and a small group of soldiers who are attempting to hold Rochester Castle, the key to southern England, against the siege of John's superior army and Danish mercenaries. Ironclad is nothing special, but it's entertaining enough. There are a few faces you'll probably recognize among the cast, like Brian Cox, Paul Giamatti, and Kate Mara. I doubt any of the actors or actresses will be up for many awards (though Giamatti, as King John, does get a memorable scene or three), but they do good enough jobs that I had no complaints. 

The look of the film is reminiscent of other recent similarly set action movies, like Black Death and Centurion. Very bleak, grey, and violent. Blood splashes all over the place during the frequent battle scenes, limbs are hacked off, and gaping wounds abound. This isn't a movie for the squeamish.

As I mentioned before, Ironclad isn't a huge step forward for this kind of film, but it succeeds well enough at what it attempts to do for me to give it a positive review. See it, if you're interested. 


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