Excerpt: Twenty years after the five thousand men of Rome's Ninth Legion mysteriously vanished in the North of England, a young Roman soldier named Marcus Aquila (Channing Tatum), son of the leader of the Ninth, goes across the Hadrian Wall with a young slave (Jamie Bell) in order to find his father and retrieve the symbolic golden eagle that represents the missing Legionnaires.
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. Centurion Marcus Flavius Aquila (Tatum) is a promising young leader. He's desperately trying to redeem his father, who disappeared while leading the Ninth Legion years before.
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. There are no woman in the cast, at least beyond those staring in awe as soldiers march around camps.
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. It's an intriguing tale kept exciting by Macdonald's direction and the beautiful photography of Scotland's highlands, but it ultimately falls short of its intended epic scale and showcases another dull portrayal from Tatum.
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 reputation of his father, the commander of the Ninth.
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. Like Neil Marshall's Centurion , it isn't entirely forgettable, but it isn't entirely memorable either. Universal's Blu-ray release is much better, even if its lackluster supplemental package disappoints.
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. The first and most significant challenge is in accepting Channing Tatum, a square-jawed and irrevocably American actor, as a Roman centurion named Marcus Flavius Aquila, returning to the wild northern territory of England 20 years after his...
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. Director Dito Montiel cast him well twice as streetwise teens, in A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints and Fighting , and Tatum even acquitted himself as a walking paperback cover in the Nicholas Sparks adaptation Dear John .