This film deserved 75% of Eat, Pray, Love’s billboards. While A-List actors were preoccupied with making mediocre movies, this semi below the radar ensemble of fabulous Europeans teamed up with Neil Marshall for this weekend’s under-advertised release Centurion.
Check out our review below…
- Director: Neil Marshall
- Writer: Neil Marshall
- Cast: Michael Fassbender, Andreas Wisniewski, Dave Legeno, Olga Kurylenko, Imogen Poots
- Cinematography By: Sam McCurdy
- Original Music By: Ilan Eshkeri
Rewind and freeze in the 2nd century during the Roman conquest of Britain. The film opens with the Roman soldiers being ambushed by Pict tribesman. There are few survivors, and their general is being held captive in a remote camp. Quintus Dias (Fassbender), a survivor and son of a legendary gladiator leads a small group of soldiers to raid the camp and rescue him. The son of a Pict leader is murdered during the raid, and the Romans find themselves hunted by a seemingly unstoppable group of the Pict’s most skilled and vicious warriors.
- Story: This story is essentially based on the legend of the Ninth Legion and its mysterious disappearance, but instead of centering his film around the tale of the massive battle itself, Marshall chronicles the aftermath. The Pict hunt for vengeance offers plenty of gore and fast paced action – but the driving force of this film is its strongly defined characters. Marshall digs a little deeper than the physical wounds. These aren’t just a bunch of blood soaked warriors fighting for their lives – they’re human beings coping with deflated spirits, who consequently become disillusioned with the “glory” of battle.
- Theme: It’s rare to find a war-related film that in no way attempts to romanticize combat. Centurion presents the realities. Surviving the initial ambush was a miracle in and of itself – and these Romans are now being tracked by the most lethal Pict warriors on the block. The stakes are high. When death is breathing down your neck is it easy to disregard all ideals of allegiance or patriotism and play every man for himself?
- Cinematography: Marshall modernized the quality of his battle scenes with quick cuts and tight frames without losing a sense of time period. It was a unique juxtaposition of ancient setting and contemporary cinematography. Right on.
- Female Villain: The character of Etain, the gorgeous (and completely dope) huntress leading the Pict tribe makes Lara Croft look like Polly Pocket. Olga Kurylenko is a chick who can pull off the “bad ass” situation. Victory!
- Nothing: This is rare – but I have nothing negative to report.
Centurion is one of the best films I’ve screened this year – you will not regret spending a buck on this movie. Go see it!
Centurion opens in limited theaters on August 27th.
Do you plan on seeing Centurion in theaters this weekend?