Running Time: 97 mins. Rating: 3 Stars/5 Stars
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Neil Marshall
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Dominic West, Olga Kurylenko, David Morrissey, Noel Clarke, Axelle Carolyn, Ulrich Thomsen, Liam Cunningham, Imogen Poots, Paul Freeman
CENTURION is the next step in the revival of the classic Roman Gladiator films of the 50’s & 60’s. Roman soldiers versus Britain’s Northern Pict Warriors in a deadly game of loyalty, bitter survival and sweet revenge.
Centurion Quintus Dias (Michael Fassbender) and his men are the few survivors of the massacred 9th Legion in Britain. Instead of fleeing to safety they undertake a daring mission to rescue their captured General Titus Flavius Virilus (Dominic West) from the fierce Pict Warriors’ village.
During this incursion the son of the Chieftain Gorlacon is killed. Enraged the Chieftain sends out his deadly group of hunter warriors led by the beautiful yet cunning feral mute Etain (Olga Kurylenko) who is driven by revenge against all Romans for what they did to her.
This movie is a real treat in that it has a nice balance of entertaining action sequences but tempered with strong character development and dialog. We get a real sense of what it would be like to struggle for survival against such over whelming odds.
If you like this recommendations: The Eagle aka The Eagle Of The Ninth, Agora