The Eagle

2011

Action / Adventure / Drama / History

109
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 39%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 41%
IMDb Rating 6.2 10 59692

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Cast

Channing Tatum as Marcus
Donald Sutherland as Uncle Aquila
Mark Strong as Guern
Jamie Bell as Esca
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by valentinmh 7 / 10

Not a bad one, but could've been better

That's a good movie, despite the historical truth about the IX-legion fate (which is not sure to have been swept off completely north of the wall, in Caledonia). I appreciate the scenery, costumes and performance of the Picts described here, however must be noted that using Scottish gaelic as their laguage is not accurate, but it's the best approximation available today. Picts were, for sure, Brittonic celtic speakers (not reconstructed, nowadays), hence medieval Scottish was Goidelic (and that, was preserved and still in use).

Reviewed by sykespj 8 / 10

Standard plot, extremely well done

This fabulous Roman Empire flick has all that it takes to tantalize. The historical detail is, of course, a complete fabrication. The movie's real power lies in its not-too-over-the-top story-telling. A Roman officer voluntarily posted to super-savage Britain sets out to rescue his father's honor by retrieving a lost legion's standard (i.e. The Eagle).

Breathtaking cinematography combined with solid acting makes this movie a cut above the normal sword and sandal affair. Even the obligatory violence is remarkably restrained. All in all, this is sure to delight fans of the "historical" adventure genre.

Reviewed by lord woodburry 9 / 10

The Standard

The Eagle is an impressive vista on Roman Briton. It gives fair airing to Roman and Brythonic points of view.

Like Gaul, Eagle can be neatly divided into three parts: garrison life, life in the Roman colony and adventure north of the wall.

As the curtain opens we meet Marcus Flavius Aquilla (Channing Tatum) a newly minted commander on his way to a frontier outpost where Druids are rousing the restive Celts to action against the occupying Roman Army. Seasoned veterans at the officer's mess are skeptical of the new commander. "He's probably unpacking his rule-book," quips Galba (Paul Ritter).

Marcus surprises the officers and men with detecting an attack on the fort early enough to interdict it. There is quite a long wait in the dark of damp northern England during which Galba's stare tells it all. However Lutorious (Denis O'Hare) stands by the commander seemingly with bemused detachment. To the experienced legionnaire's surprise, Marcus was right. The Keltoi attack just as Marcus appears ready to call off the alert. New to the post, he isn't used to all the nocturnal noise that conceals the approach of Celtic warriors.

Injured in combat Marcus is sent to his uncle's villa in Southern Britain where Lutorious delivers news of the battle streamer awarded the unit, Marcus' medal and an honorable discharge.

Donald Sutherland plays Uncle Aurelius to perfection. As the most experienced actor in the cast he refrains from overpowering the stars Jaime Bell and Channing Tatum. But I think that Sutherland's genius in this film was that he was playing himself: the elderly urbane white liberal, a man of bearing, sophistication, distinction, culture and refinement.

Inviting a notable to the dinner table, Uncle Aurelius chides the guests about his vegetarian fare: "fish and eggs; lets not all rush at once."

Uncle believes that slaves should serve voluntarily or be left to their own devices. Uncle buys Esca (Jaime Bell) a slave to tend to Marcus but doesn't care if the slave runs away.

This Keltoi slave had been rescued by Marcus from a blood thirsty crowd in the arena because Esca had faced death unafraid. Reduced to personal servitude, Esca tells Marcus he hates everything Roman but will serve out of personal obligation, gratitude for being spared.

When the fully recovered Marcus decides on the adventure north of the wall to recover the lost Eagle of the 9th Legion Uncle with utter hypocrisy bluntly tells Marcus that one can not trust the word of a slave. "He says what he says and does what he does because he has to."

This sets the scene for the third act, the adventure north of the wall.

North of the wall there's a roll reversal, Marcus becomes Esca's slave. Yet true to his word, Esca helps Marcus recover the Eagle and defend it from re-capture.

The film is exceptional, partially because the lines of the Keltoi are scripted in the once outlawed Gaelic language with subtitles. When the Romans speak, they speak in English.

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