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Neil Marshall (2009)

15 Certificate


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Writer/director Neil Marshall examines the fate of Rome's legendary Ninth Legion in this dull and episodic take on the myth. In Britain in AD 117, the legion is sent to vanquish the Picts and their leader Gorlacon (Ulrich Thomsen), only to face a sustained onslaught under the command of the mute Etain (Quantum of Solace Bond girl Olga Kurylenko). Hero Quintus (a weak Michael Fassbender) and his fast-diminishing platoon must then evade capture as they race for the Roman frontier. Marshall takes the survival template from his previous films Dog Soldiers and The Descent into the sub-Gladiator/300 arena, but fails to invest his core characters with any personality, meaning who lives or dies becomes immaterial amid the grungy battle footage drenched in CGI gore. Though it's technically impressive and has an epic sweep, the lack of suspense and emotional involvement makes this little more than a chase movie in ancient garb.


A Roman legion is sent on a mission to crush a Pictish uprising, only to be nearly wiped out in a savage ambush. A centurion who survives the massacre takes charge of the survivors and leads them on a daring mission to rescue their captured general and make it back to their own territory alive. Neil Marshall's action thriller, with Michael Fassbender, Dominic West and Olga Kurylenko.

Cast & Crew

Centurion Quintus Dias Michael Fassbender
General Titus Flavius Virilus Dominic West
Etain Olga Kurylenko
Macros Noel Clarke
Brick Liam Cunningham
Bothos David Morrissey
Tarak Rizwan Ahmed
Thax J J Feild
Vortix Dave Legeno
Septus Lee Ross
Gorlacon Ulrich Thomsen
Gorlacon's son Ryan Atkinson
Director Neil Marshall
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Other Information

Language: English, Scottish Gaelic +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: PatheGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 23 Apr 2010