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.
Excerpt: The Roman epic adventure "The Eagle" is based on the classic novel "The Eagle of the Ninth". In 140 AD, twenty years after the unexplained disappearance of the entire Ninth Legion in the mountains of Scotland, young centurion Marcus Aquila arrives from Rome to solve the mystery and restore the...
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: 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.