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.
Max von Sydow,
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.
The opening historical background prologue about Prince John and Magna Carta was added as an afterthought by Writer and Director Jonathan English. The narration was spoken by Charles Dance. See more »
In the final scene where the horses are pulling the wagons through the mud the leather traces are connected to the cart by marine type stainless steel quick release shackles and mountaineering type stainless steel screw karabiners. See more »
[Calls down to King John]
You are no more a king than the boil on my arse!
[Turns to his friend]
What a tedious little man.
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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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