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Centurion (2010)

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A splinter group of Roman soldiers fight for their lives behind enemy lines after their legion is devastated in a guerrilla attack.

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Neil Marshall

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Neil Marshall
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Fassbender ... Centurion Quintus Dias
Andreas Wisniewski ... Commander Gratus
Dave Legeno ... Vortix
Axelle Carolyn ... Aeron
Dominic West ... General Titus Flavius Virilus
Dhafer L'Abidine ... Arm Wrestling Opponent
JJ Feild ... Thax
Lee Ross ... Septus
David Morrissey ... Bothos
Simon Chadwick Simon Chadwick ... Carlisle Messenger
Ulrich Thomsen ... Gorlacon
Ryan Atkinson Ryan Atkinson ... Gorlacon's Son
Paul Freeman ... Governor Julius Agricola
Olga Kurylenko ... Etain
Jake Maskall ... Roman Officer Argos (as Jake Maskell)
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Storyline

Britain, A.D. 117. Quintus Dias, the sole survivor of a Pictish raid on a Roman frontier fort, marches north with General Virilus' legendary Ninth Legion, under orders to wipe the Picts from the face of the Earth and destroy their leader, Gorlacon. Written by Anonymous

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History is written in blood See more »


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Rated R for sequences of strong bloody violence, grisly images and language | See all certifications »

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UK | France | USA

Language:

English | Scottish Gaelic

Release Date:

30 July 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Centurião See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£114,147 (United Kingdom), 25 April 2010, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$42,826, 29 August 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$122,288, 26 September 2010

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,814,789, 31 December 2010
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Roman centurions' armor was made out of fiberglass. See more »

Goofs

Carlisle was not so named in Roman Britain. It was in fact named Luguvalium. Roughly meaning "Walled Settlement". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Centurion Quintus Dias: [narrating] My name is Quintus Dias. I am a soldier of Rome, and this is neither the beginning nor the end of my story.
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Crazy Credits

The end of the closing credits state that "This film is based on a 2000 year-old legend", referring to the mysterious disappearance of the Ninth Hispana or Ninth Spanish Legion in Roman-occupied Britain around 117 CE. See more »

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References Northwest Passage (1940) See more »

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A grubby, gory delight.
30 July 2010 | by Troy_CampbellSee all my reviews

When the final credits were rolling my regular cinema-going counterpart observed "that was one of the most outwardly violent films I've seen since Kill Bill". That's not far from the truth. Limbs are hacked clean off, stomachs are regularly impaled and the claret fluid sprays endlessly. Though the major difference is where Tarantino's homage to the old chop-socky movies from Eastern cinema is cartoonish in its bloody visuals, Centurion is anything but tongue-in-cheek; here the blood, sweat and tears seep into the muddy vistas and bucolic rivers of Great Britain to intensify the atmosphere.

Director Neil Marshall (The Descent) has crafted a gritty movie that at its core is a simple 'cat and mouse' tale – and a highly entertaining one at that – but becomes much more thanks to the efficacious work from all the cast and crew. Marshall himself executes a few impressive sequences, the most outstanding being the initial ambush on the Ninth Legion, showing once again he knows how to stretch a small budget with minimalistic techniques and a passionate approach. Director of photography Sam McCurdy provides a suitably grimy and grainy look that, although at times is too dim, sets the ideal tone for the film. Perhaps Marshall should have monitored the editing closer though, Chris Gill's frenetic cutting very nearly ruins a couple of the fight scenes.

Major Hollywood star in the waiting Michael Fassbender (played the German-impersonating British Lieutentant in Inglourious Basterds) is undoubtedly the standout among the acting contingent. As the titular soldier, Fassbender makes for a charismatic leading man that convinces in both the physical and dramatic elements of the role. I eagerly wait to see what he does as the young Magneto in the upcoming X-Men prequel. Elsewhere The Wire alumni Dominic West is rough around the edges as the gruff General Virilus, Olga Kurylenko is positively bad-ass as the mute, monomaniacal warrior hell-bent on revenge and BBC favourite David Morrisey adds clout in his supporting role of Bothos.

A grubby, gory delight.

4 out of 5 (1 - Rubbish, 2 - Ordinary, 3 - Good, 4 - Excellent, 5 - Classic)


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