Excerpt: The Film At first glance, The Eagle appears to be a history lesson for the MTV generation. Featuring the chiseled good looks of Channing Tatum ( G.I. Joe ) and Jamie Bell ( Billy Elliot ), this one seems ripe for an MTV Movie Award -- if anyone actually bothered to see the movie.
Excerpt: The Eagle is pure testosterone, muscular, square-jawed Romans diving into battle with scruffy, bearded invaders. Swords clash, blood spills, and heads roll. You should half expect the screen to flash a giant “Men rule” stamp on the screen during the frenzied, haphazardly edited fights.
Conclusion: From director Kevin Macdonald, 'The Eagle' is an action-adventure feature following Channing Tatum and Jaime Bell in pursuit of Rome's eagle standard belonging to the legendary Ninth Legion.
Conclusion: There's something refreshing about The Eagle 's minimalism. It doesn't revel in excess, doesn't stray too far from its source and doesn't try to rise above its means. But it's also a bit too rigid, playing its hands a little too straight.
Summary: A hastily put-together historical adventure spun off from the successful, same-named Spanish tube series, the mostly silly "Red Eagle" is the latest example of how Spain struggles when revisiting its own past on film.
Excerpt: The Eagle opens with a squad of armed Roman soldiers crammed in to a small boat, gliding gently up a picturesque English river. It�s an image that is both beautiful and jarring, and quickly establishes these troops as strangers in a strange land, an unwelcome occupying force many miles from home.
Excerpt: More like a classical, vaguely homoerotic Western than the kind of sword-and-sandals Roman epic we might expect, Kevin Macdonald's The Eagle isn't exactly a good movie, but it can be a supremely enjoyable one with the right attitude.
Excerpt: Charismatic hunks of beef are hard to come by, and Channing Tatum is one of them, provided that he’s limited to a narrow range—in this case, contemporary American characters who are tough yet gentle, sometimes dim, yet appealing and unpretentious.