Movie review by David Blackwell
114 minutes, rated
Features/ Film 4
Tatum (Marcus Aquila),
Jamie Bell (Esca), Donald Sutherland (Uncle Aquila)
WRITTEN by Jeremy Block (based on the novel by Rosemary
DIRECTED by Kevin
THE EAGLE is a decent movie
only to be hindered by fight
scenes that suffer from editing and directorial choices that I don’t agree with
(many times the cuts are too quick cut and close-in while you try to keep track
of who is fighting whom). The
landscapes used for the film are breathtaking while both sides of the conflict
(Romans and Britons) come out as human.
THE EAGLE is another movie focusing on the story of the missing Ninth
Legion of the Roman Empire that disappeared without a
trace in Great Britan around 120 AD.
This movie follows new commander Marcus Aquila who wants to restore his
family’s honor because his father was the bearer of the Eagle and that was lost
with the Ninth Legion. A chain of events
leads Marcus on a quest to find the Eagle with his slave Esca.
THE EAGLE focuses around
honor and the pain that the Roman
Empire has inflicted upon the Britons. Esca feels honor bound to serve Marcus
because Marcus helped spare Esca’s life while Marcus feels bringing back the
Eagle will restore family honor. The
tribes of Great Britain
attack because of the crimes done to them by the Roman soldiers and yet they
have become as bad as the soldiers they fight and kill. THE EAGLE is a journey movie for two people
who might not become friends otherwise (and bound by honor). THE EAGLE is one of the better films to come
out this time of year.
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