The first 15 minutes or so I thought the movie had potential, then Donald Sutherland and Jamie Bell arrived and it was all downhill from there. All the ingredients for a great film were there but were not put together well. Jamie Bell's scowling character seemed devoid of any personality and the interactions between his character Esca and Marcus (Channing Tatum) were lame and inconsistent. Poor direction and poor editing was this movie's downfall. Channing Tatum did a good job with what he had to work with.
Good, solid movie about friendship, loyalty and determination. The American accents and some of the dialogue were a little too contemporary and a bit disconcerting, but generally entertaining.
history in a film,interesting
Enormous attention to detail. Only for those who LOVE movies about Roman soldiers. Or those who watch everything Channing Tatum is in. For me, I fast-fwded the fight scenes (seen one seen them all) and focussed on the story. Jamie Bell was excellent. Nice cameo by the mighty Donald Sutherland - must have needed the $.
Have to say it...Braveheart and Gladiator are far better movies in this genre.
if you like stories about the Romans...this is a good one
Not as expected but an enjoyable watch.
It's no Gladiator, but it was certainly watchable. A touch slow in the second act, but if you're not expecting huge action then you should enjoy.
We enjoyed this story. Unlike many other stories, it showed the brutality of both sides.
Enjoyed this movie. Had a good story and would recommend it to anyone.
Wouldnt mind watching it again in a months time.
I didn't realise the Roman Empire was so huge in that day and age, blood thirsty but I think it was needed for this film. I thought the acting was good as well
Top watch. A lot of effort went into recreating the time and the acting was good. The "almost Indians" living in the north of Scotland were a little hard to believe but were interesting. Did wonder why we glorify men killing each other over symbols, but there you go, it made for a good movie.
Really interesting story line, just wasn't as epic as I wanted the movie to be.
What a disappointment. It started off quite well and then petered out into not very much. The strong American accents were also particularly ridiculous.
Was expecting another Gladiator or Centurian movie (enjoyed them both) and was pleasantly surprised that this was a more historical look without all the explicit violence. Some good action scenes but it's not all about the blood and guts.
A few little twists here and there, wasn't expecting a few things that happened in the first 1/4 of the movie.
Good set up of getting to know his father and his (Channings) reputations and believable story of how he earned the respect of his men. Some really individual tactics used by the script writers. Not cliched.
Worth a watch.
be better if there were chicks in it
I agree totally with Sarah here - I too love movies set in these times but this one was, unfortunatley, DREADFUL!!! After a slow, start I fast forwarded almost all of it, but still got the gist of what was happening. Don't waste your time with this one.
Did not enjoy this movie.
Loved it. Channing is enchanting!
I love movies set during the Roman Empire. This was down right terrible. I couldn't even finish watching it. Sutherland was very wooden, Tatum was awful. Sadly, this is the first movie I have seen him in and it makes me hesitate watching him in anything else.
great cinematography, great movie premise. horrible dialogue. the worst script i have heard in a while. its 21st century language and nuances in ancient rome. it didn't capture the essence of the culture of that day. sorry to all those who love it. jamie bell was great. channing tatum... not so much.
I was surprised by this movie - was expecting it to be enjoyable but a "Hollywood just please the crowds" type of movie. It was definitely still enjoyable, but actually much better made and acted than I was expecting. Worth a watch!
I LOVE YOU CHANNING BEST PERFORMANCE EVER!! you rock
A lighter, slightly less violent re-tell of the mystery of the Ninth legion. Not as bloody as ''?enturian'' but still not suitable for kids. Puzzled as to why they made Mark Strong speak with an American accent, other than that an enjoyable romp with plenty of action. One question to the budding historians out there - did the early Scottish tribes really resembe North American Indian Mohawks?
Found Channing Tatum surprisingly good. Loved the action scenes - very realistic. The movie got better and better and loved the ending - didn't expect it but loved it.
A young centurion Marcus Aquila (Channing Tatum) of Rome arrives at a Roman post in Scotland. He is bent to solve the mysterious disappearance of the entire Roman Ninth Legion, 5000 men strong and headed by his father, in the mountains of Scotland twenty years earlier in 140 AD. Marcus’s incessant motivation is also to restore his father’s reputation. He saves a British slave Esca (Jamie Bell), fights Celtic tribes camped outside the Roman post, is wounded but restored to health with the aid of Esca at the house of his uncle Aquila (Donald Sutherland). Accompanied only by Esca, Marcus sets out across the Hadrian's Wall into the uncharted lands of Caledonia to confront its savage tribes, defeats them and brings back to Rome the lost legion's golden emblem, the Eagle of the Ninth. The DVD is in good colour the acting is overall very good, the highlands of Scotland, the savage tribes and he battles are awe inspiring. Films on the Roman times are not many and I can think of three others, Gladiator, Spartacus and Centurion. The Eagle is better than those three also because a lot of research was made by the film makers to recreate faithfully those far gone times. .
Thoroughly enjoyable movie - good story. Highly recommend if you like this genre.
Historically fascinating, great cinematography. Great movie.
Excellent action adventure - recommend viewing
Good action film, yet largely unremarkable. The two leads Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell are good, and the dynamics of their relationship is interesting. Decent action for a low-budget film.
Both excellent plot as well as production. The realism at the heart of the movie was fantastic - Hollywood gloss wasn't present.
The added extras - interviews and backgrounding - are well worth looking at as well.
Very good. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
An enjoyable historical piece, with action, drama & heart. It hangs upon the values of honour, freedom and friendship. It is good to watch the transformation of the 2 lead characters as they learn respect for each other, learn to see beyond preconceived ideas and prejudices, and also gain insights into the experience of the other along the way. And in the process, they deliver powerful performances, great action scenes, epic battles, and showcase a variety of cultures and landscapes.
Thoroughly enjoyed this movie, very good.
Very well made historical action/ drama.
Much better than anything I've seen for a while about Roman times.
Well acted and a really good story.
great movie once again based on a childrens book The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff
i am quite partial to this genre. I find this type of title brings out the nostalgic adventurer in me. I find the whole era fascinating. Recomended viewing
Enjoyed this one...A must see
One of the best movies I have watched this year, My husband also enjoyed watching it.