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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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The working title for the film was "Ninth Legion". The story goes that the Ninth Legion marched to Scotland from York with 3000 men and were never seen or heard of again. Historians dispute what actually happened to them. Some believe that they were disbanded, while others believe that they were massacred. See more »

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Quintus and Brick cross the river valley to attack the Picts. They kill the guards but then do not kill nor steal the horses, which would have hampered their pursuers. 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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Composed and arranged by Ilan Eshkeri
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Fight or Die.
13 December 2010 | by Matt_LaydenSee all my reviews

A small group of Roman soldiers are left alive after an attack on their legion. They must survive the elements and an expert tracker coming after them. Behind enemy lines and fighting for the lives.

With Centurion, Neil Marshall has his biggest budget to date. The film is ambitious in style and tone. Marshall, who get a cult following after two excellent small horror films (Dog Soldiers and Descent) has gone on to bigger, but not really better things. Doomsday was a nice throwback to genre films (even though it didn't really know which one it wanted to be) and now Centurion, which has Marshall tipping his hat to Gladiator and Spartacus.

I consider myself a Marshall fan, which is why I even bothered to give this film a viewing. If his name weren't attached, I wouldn't have bothered. Marshall is apart of the Splat-Pack. The horror coined group for filmmakers like Rob Zombie and Eli Roth. It's no question as to why Marshall is apart of this group, every film of his has some body part ending up some place. It's funny to me that this film might be his most gruesome one yet and it isn't even horror.

The film's most gruesome moments are during the big attack on the romans. Arrows are shot into heads, arms, legs and necks are taken out like a hot knife through butter. I had a few moments where I was actually shocked at the carnage on the screen. One of the more gruesome period pieces. During the attack, the Picts (Scottish) take prisoner the General (Dominic West). The small group of survivors, including Michael Fassbender decide to try and get him back. They fail, but they did succeed in killing the lead Pict's son. He sends a group of people to go after them, thus we have a cat and mouse chase throughout the film.

It's suspenseful in places and aggravating in others. The lead tracker, is suppose to have excellent skills, where she is always on their tail, no matter what. Yet the filmmakers seem to forget this sometimes. She can sense them across the river in one scene, but not underneath her feet in another. These inconsistencies are bothersome. Yet it happens. The characters themselves aren't too memorable either. I couldn't really tell the survivors apart from one another and neither stood out of the crowd. These shortcomings in the script are what bring Centurion down. The most interesting character is killed off too early too.

Yet, Marshall still manages to deliver an entertaining film. It's not near the level of awesome that is Dog Soldiers, or even The Descent, but it does deliver what you would expect from this genre. There are moments where the film loses its sense of direction (such as a lover subplot) and there are even moments of predictability, but as a whole, the film delivers.


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