Excerpt: More grounded than Zack Snyder’s 300 yet less heady than the HBO show Rome, Neil Marshall’s Centurion is the sword and sandals historical action film for those who enjoy spending Saturday afternoons watching TNT New Classics and pounding back some Keystone Ice.
Excerpt: AD 117: The Roman Empire stretches from Egypt to Spain, and East as far as the Black Sea. But in northern Britain, the relentless onslaught of conquest has ground to a halt in face of the guerrilla tactics of an elusive enemy: the savage and terrifying Picts led by revenge-hungry Pict Warrior Etain.
Excerpt: There is a ton of blood spilled in Centuiron , some of it a physical effect, other splotches a by-product of lower-end CG work. Why is it important to mention the bloodshed before any plot details? It’s about all this movie really offers, and is certainly the highlight it wants to showcase.
Conclusion: Centurion turned out to be exactly what I expected it to be - an entertaining but mostly unoriginal period action film. There are some great actors in it but unfortunately they have been given very little of substance to work with. Still, the action is great and the cinematography impressive.
Excerpt: Rule No. 1: Never piss off the fortress wall at night when the enemy is armed with spears and tends to strike under cover of darkness. As an opening salvo, Neil Marshall’s survivalist war odyssey Centurion shows the gruesome result of breaking this rule, then proceeds on a relentless barrage of...
Excerpt: The general of the 9th legion of Roman soldiers, Virilus (West), has been given orders to take his men into Pict territory in what is now Scotland, and finally bring an end to the long-running war between Rome and the Picts.
Excerpt: "This is a new kind of war, a war without honor, a war without end" får vi höra i vad som kunde varit en aktuell studie i ett imperiums tröstlösa krigande i ett land där de inte hör hemma, i vad som kunde varit Michael Fassbenders stora genombrottsfilm eller vad som åtminstone kunde varit en...