Movie: The Eagle

By admin
01 April 2011

Historical epic.

With Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell and Denis O’Hare.

Director: Kevin Macdonald.


Opens 8 April.

Rating: 2/5

What’s it about?

In the year 140 the Roman Ninth Legion dis­appears in Scotland. Marcus Aquila and his slave, Esca, are sent to fetch the legion’s eagle standard.

Who will enjoy it?

Even adventurous moviegoers may break out in a cold sweat! The vicious battle scenes approach videogame levels of violence with limbs flying in all directions as the gore and drama of war fill the screen.

Unfortunately Channing Tatum’s performance doesn’t have the necessary authority to carry the film.

Some may be swept away by his sixpack and ability to swing a sword but he lacks the gravitas to convince in this demanding role. Jamie Bell’s performance is better by miles.

The movie pays tribute to a son’s love for his father and the lengths he would go to to restore his honour. It’s also about exploring a strange, hostile territory and shows how divided Britain was in Roman times.

At its core the story is about blood brothers and the desolate landscape comes to symbolise the suffering of people who are trying to liberate their land.

If you’re into macho adventures you’ll love it but if you don’t enjoy gruelling tales of survival avoid it.

Similar films

The Way Back; The Book of Eli.

Popcorn facts

*Aquila is Latin for eagle.

*The producers were criticised for using the call of a red-tailed hawk instead of an eagle’s – there are no red-tailed hawks in Europe.

*The movie is based on the teen novel by Rosemary Sutcliff

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