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The Eagle has landed.
The Eagle (DVD)
Member Name: rosaliecullen
The Eagle (DVD)
Advantages: Good story
Disadvantages: Average acting
**What is the film about?**
The film is set during Roman times and we follow a young man on a quest to restore pride to his Father's good name. His father led 5000 men to Britain with "the Eagle" of the Roman Empire (symbolising all that Rome had done and all it continued to do...i.e. it showed power). According to true stories, the men disappeared without a trace, and this fictional film follows on from this legend (explained to you for ten seconds in a Star-Wars-esque text screen at the start). As far as I can tell although the film is grounded in loose truths to start, the ensuing story is entirely fictional.
For more on the "vanished 9th Legion of Rome" : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legio_IX_Hispana
**Will I like the film?**
The film is basically an action film set in Britain during Roman times. If you like 300, Braveheart, Game of Thrones, Gladiator, Spartacus etc. you will probably quite like this film. It has action, lots of horses riding through forests at high speed, it has brotherhood in it. There is blood, death and a bit of squeamish gore occasionally. Nothing a girl can't handle though :D Oh....the odd murdering of a child here and there did disturb me though, just thought I'd warn you in case that would be too upsetting.
Hmm... I didn't know the main actor, Channing Tatum, possibly because he doesn't stand out at all in the film. He seems typecast to the role and plays it with little feeling and really, I just didn't care too much about his character. The supporting actor, Jamie Bell was awesome and I really felt for his character. I did feel that the script was a little loose on the ground. I felt rather than intermittent flashbacks when the main character got knocked out (several occasions conveniently!) and the Star-Wars-Textscreen-Intro, we could have done with seeing the back story of the two main characters and their different histories. It just seemed a bit feeble and the relationships seemed convenient at times.
Their accents got on my nerves too, there didn't seem to be any sort of consistency.
Other actors such as Dennis O'Hare and Paul Ritter seemed to be almost extras with a few lines, surprisingly as I think they are really good in True Blood and Friday Night Dinner respectively.
Overall, I did like the film, there was lots of tension, particularly near to the end, it felt very real. The story was good, the acting was OK, the story was OK. 300 it was not. Game of Thrones it was not. But I did like it so 3 stars from me. Would have been 4 if the main actor had stepped up to the role properly.
Summary: Not bad. Give it a go if you have it on Blockbuster or suchlike.