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The Eagle (7/10)

posted Apr 4, 2011, 6:00 AM by Gordon Doherty   [ updated Jan 27, 2015, 3:44 AM ]
Went to see Kevin Macdonald's new historic action flick The Eagle last night, a movie based on Rosemary Sutcliff's classic 'Eagle of The Ninth' Chronicles.
It was gripping and pacy for the first third of the flick, but slowed a little in the middle before building momentum again towards the end. Gore-wise, it was brutal without being unneccessarily so - I'd say it was authentic and gritty.
The physical appearance of the lead characters Aquila and Esca and the banter they shared reminded me of a cracking little PS2 game from a few years back: Shadow of Rome.
Historical scrutiny can spoil any movie, and while there were some aspects of the tale that could be picked on (using testudo to walk through an enemy horde, Hadrian's wall being a one way barrier to keep out the Caledonians, with no Roman presence north of the wall) this shouldn't detract from the fun for entertainment seekers.
While the movie was enjoyable throughout, I actually preferred the earlier part of the film, where it centred more on the legion and legionary warfare. The latter part of the film does get a bit generic Hollywood though.
7/10, but a must see if you like Roman military adventure.