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 rebels' momentous struggle for justice and freedom.
Marshal owns and uses two types of swords. This was true of at least some Templars. One was the "arming sword", the classic knightly single-handed sword worn (as shown) slung from the belt. The other was the much larger "great sword of war" wielded two-handed, and usually carried strapped to the saddle. Modern tests on pig carcasses (which are similar to human bodies in make-up) have shown that a great sword could indeed, as depicted in this movie, cut a person almost in half with a single blow. See more »
A large stone is catapulted through the stain glass cathedral window. All later scenes show the window fully intact. See more »
Only the weak believe that what they do in battle is who they are s men.
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As the last end credits roll, there is the following language: No animals were harmed in the filming of this picture. "Especially Newts. " See more »
Definitely shot in a Ridley Scott fashion this is an effective medieval pot-boiler with some moral vision and lots and lots of gruesome full-on combat scenes - without a doubt some of the more bone-crunching, blood squelching fights of recent memory.
Is a great movie? No. It never quite delivers on its promise, and though extremely competent it just can't quite produce that true magic that better films can. It is, however, a highly competent and interesting historical drama. I have some quibbles with costuming etc; but that kind of goes with the territory.
All in all, this is a full-on medieval siege account of the Siege of Rochester -it is well made is most respects and if medieval battles are your thing then you'll be into it.
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